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Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

(4.4/5 based on 3,000+ reviews on the web)
Admire the impressive range of over 80,000 artworks at Art Gallery of Ontario, one of the largest venues of its kind in North America. With a collection spanning the period between the 1st century CE and the present day, this architectural landmark (with a facade by noted architect Frank Gehry) houses First Nation carvings, Henry Moore sculptures, rare Quebecois religious items, and much more. Other highlights include permanent exhibits of European paintings by Tintoretto, Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso, Rodin, Monet, Degas, Cezanne, and many other Baroque and Renaissance masters. It's difficult to see everything in a single day, but if you're on a tight schedule, you can get a good feel for the gallery by taking a short mini tour. Art Gallery of Ontario is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Toronto Edition.
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  • We spent most of our time on the main floor enjoying the antiquities. We, also, appreciated the old masters paintings. There is much to see at this gallery. There are many rooms leading into each othe...  more »
  • If you are visiting Toronto for the first time don't miss the AGO. It has one of the largest exhibitions of Canadian art and will enrich your experience of Canada. Shows change over the months so do g...  more »
  • We went at noon on a rainy day. There is a lot to see, my favourite being the Canadian paintings. I enjoyed the African exhibit. The display of native artifacts was not well labelled except for a gene...  more »
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  • I love the Art Gallery of Toronto. It's one of my favourite places in the city. I love the permanent art collection but the visiting exhibitions are nice to see. Admission fee isn't too expensive but they also have free hours every Wednesday night, 6-9pm (I've never experienced long lines during their free nights).
  • I don't get art. My fiancĂ© does so she explains a lot of it to me. I took my British cousin here once too and she loved it. For me what I really enjoyed was 50% the layout of the building (architecture) 30% enjoying the art vicariously through my companion, and 20% the actual art itself. Oh, one day a week is free after 5pm I think so check it out.
  • A well established and respected Canadian gallery with National collections and international traveling special exhibits. Beautiful new extension has extended exhibition space and allowed for a beautiful new exhibit of Group of Seven art. Great collection of European and Canadian Sculpture. A huge gift store and two eating places, plus a members restaurant and lounge, for a modest membership fee, rohbd out the experience.
  • See the Mystical Landscapes exhibit before it goes! The rest of the gallery is very nice as well, though. Great gift shop, amazing architecture.
  • I have been to the AGO, multiple times and have been treated with respect or have not been bothered. However, my visit today is one that I will never forget. My friends and I (we are teenagers, by the way) decided to pay a visit to the gallery. We were treated nicely when we first entered the building, however, we started looking at some paintings in the European section, and the stupid "no backpack policy" came into play. My friend was carrying her backpack on the side, and a security guard went up to her as she was taking photos, and told her "she had bumped into him" and "that her backpack was blocking other's paths". Of course, he had to say it in the rudest tone ever after noticing that we were of the younger generation. Another incident occurred when another security yelled at us for being "too close" to a painting. Because of this, the rest of the trip consisted of a cat and mouse race; everywhere we went, security guards followed us. This kind of treatment made my friends and I feeling pressured to leave the building; which is quite contradictory to how the AGO encourages the youth's involvement within the arts. Please don't treat younger people with disrespect; you cannot judge by one's appearance.