The AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

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Admire the impressive range of over 80,000 artworks at The AGO, 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. Plan to visit The AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Toronto attractions using our Toronto route tool.
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  • Pandemic times have changed everything for everyone, and the AGO has moved a bit to adapt. I like to visit galleries now that it is not crowded due to social distancing strategies and the community...  more »
  • The AGO has reopened with restrictions: you need to get a timed entrance ticket, and each room is limited in the number of people allowed. As a result the experience is better than it has often been.....  more »
  • Impressive gallery with good old European masters and Canadian famous painters. A lot of space wasted on modern art nonsense that anyone could emulate. The atrium space is very impressive stretching.....  more »
  • Really great gallery that can be enjoyed by the whole family. I went with small children on their family activity day Sundays. While it was really busy,-It was organized and the children as well as adults could still enjoy themselves. We ended up going through much of the rest of the gallery for around 2 hours without complaints for the wee ones, so that was a definite plus. My partner and I will try and come back just the two of us and try to check out the Bistro too.
  • The children's area is amazing. So much for little ones to do. I was also very happy that kids under 5 eat free with an adult meal. I wouldn't have thought that an art gallery would be a good place to bring a toddler and preschooler. But they have made it so family friendly!
  • I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this place - and by the fact that we got in for free as students! It had a lot more to offer than I initially thought and I enjoyed all the exhibits that were on. I would have liked there to be better signage and a more clear route through the gallery as we ended up going back on ourselves a few times in order to see everything
  • I visit the AGO when I’m looking to spend a quiet afternoon learning about different artists and their work. Centrally located in downtown Toronto, it is a museum you must visit if you enjoy art and art history. You’ll get to experience a wide variety of works on display here from around the world. The museum also holds various exhibits by artists from time to time which are worth a visit. The architecture of the museum itself is beautiful. They have a well stocked gift shop with a wonderful collection of books and art prints for every age group and the AGO bistro is a great place to go unwind and grab some great food after a day at the museum. Now that they’re yearly pass is so cheap, it is totally worth getting a membership here if you live in Toronto and enjoy visiting museums!
  • Amazing museum that should not be missed whether you’re a local or a tourist. Any lover of art and museums will throughly enjoy every aspect of this museum with slivers of art from every century and quite a few unique contemporary art pieces. My favorite piece is the mirror room filled with shiny silver balls with a mirror finish. Make sure to “reserve” a spot in line in the main lobby. Located close to downtown and easy to access using public transportation.

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