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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  • You need a full day or 2 to see all of the lovely artwork. The displays are amazing to see and some works super old wow. Will definitely go again and again. Cafe downstairs had good cappuccino yum.  more »
  • I had never seen Stettheimer’s paintings, nor known of her life and was drawn to the photograph on the AGO’s event page which reminded me of European painters in the 17C and also after viewing the exh...  more »
  • An excellent collection of Canadian art in particular. Excellent group of seven collection. One of the gems is the small ships in the basement. This would be fantastic for small kids.  more »
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  • The gallery is huge and if you're an art lover it's a wonderful spot to visit. It has a great pub called "The Village Idiot" across from it, and it's surrounded by other small independent galleries you can visit for free. Watch for their special shows: the price of these includes general admission. Staff at the reception desk were extremely kind and helpful. We'll worth a look.
  • Absolutely loved Guillermo Del Toro At Home With Monsters. Everyone should take it in before it leaves on Sunday. Always love the paintings of The Group of Seven as well. Will definitely return and recommend visiting to any group I drive at work. This was a personal visit not work related but I bring groups to other destinations in Toronto and will be highly recommend the AGO to everyone.
  • This is one of my favourite places in the city. Usually beautifully and logically curated, the exhibits are almost always pertinent to the times and yet respectful of history. Easy to get to via transit. A great place to come by yourself, with a friend or with family. Put the GO in AGO and show up!!
  • Beautiful art gallery with many floors and room after room of art to look at. I also enjoy the occasional seating areas to better admire and appreciate the painting. Best gift was getting a membership to the AGO - I’m looking forward to visiting a lot this coming year. (Though the process to actually get the membership all up and running was a bit convoluted and lengthy... purchased online, waited a few weeks for a package to be mailed, which a certificate had to be filled out, to then mail/bring it in, to get it processed and THEN get a membership card..) Only wish that the dining was open for longer hours and not just the bistro open in the evenings for food service. Even the members lounge food service ends in the afternoon.
  • We tried to see The Guillermo Del Toro exhibit on Sunday. We tried to call to see if tickets were still available , to which we received an automated say their customer center was closed. So we came down to the ago only to be told they sold out and being told we should have called ahead. which we did to no avail. The exhibit was not clearly marked as sold out on the website. Yesterday was cold and we wasted our time. Please get with times , this is one of few AGO exhibits I've ever been pumped to see and the first time been disappointed to miss out. I understand it was busy , that's not the issue . You be able should to look up the event and see its sold out like many other venues and museums do. The AGO needs more shows like this because until now I'd go once in while. It lacks a draw for unconventional art supporters , but that whats makes smaller galleries great and Toronto is growing in that niche. Rant done! PLEASE UPDATE YOUR BOX OFFICE SERVICES

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