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The AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario

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Address: 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4, Canada
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+1 416-979-6648
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Tue 10:30 - 17:00
Wed 10:30 - 21:00
Thu 10:30 - 17:00
Fri 10:30 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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With a collection of more than 90,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of...

With a collection of more than 90,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is among the largest and most distinguished art museums in North America. An international landmark, the AGO is also one of Canada’s most innovative cultural destinations. Highlights of the Gallery’s world-class collection include iconic Canadian and Inuit works, along with European and contemporary art – all on view in a spectacular building transformed by renowned Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry.

After spending time with the AGO’s vast collection, be sure to enjoy a meal or glass of wine at the Gallery’s award-winning restaurant FRANK. Visit shopAGO for a unique collection of artful gifts, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and beautiful art books.

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Pleasant afternoon diversion

The museum's permanent collection of European Renaissance paintings is not as large as major museums in the Netherlands or Italy but the collection offers a nice cross section of... read more

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Saint James Parish, Jamaica
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The museum's permanent collection of European Renaissance paintings is not as large as major museums in the Netherlands or Italy but the collection offers a nice cross section of such paintings. Good for spending several pleasant and relaxing hours.

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The building alone is a gem, especially since the renovations. The permanent exhibits house wonderful examples of Canadian icons the Group of Seven to the wonderful sculptures of Henry Moore. The special exhibits which are ever changing and bring everything from Renaissance masters, to Picasso, to the exhibit of Bowie should not be missed. Art is something all need to... More 

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London, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped in on a Saturday afternoon with just a couple of hours to spare, and since it was our first visit, opted for general admission to the main collection (no special exhibitions). We started on the top floor and worked our way down, finding on each floor something that pulled us in an intrigued us. The connections between this... More 

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This is a large space - we visited on a Friday & was not over busy. Visited the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition which was well set up & presented. Spent rest of time trying to navigate other exhibitions - slightly lost at times as so many different rooms. Representation of Canadian art & history of this is good. Space is huge... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Museum was offering a Georgia O'Keefe display that was large and varied. We also enjoyed seeing the transformation of Canadian art over time. The modern art section was distinctive. The museum had a very large boutique and nice lunch restaurant. We enjoyed over two hours of fun touring the various displays before enjoying a delicious lunch.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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We visited to see the O'Keeffe exhibition and the Henry Moore sculptures. We weren't disappointed. This is a beautiful gallery - great lighting - wasn't crowded. Loved it

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The AGO has an unmistakable facade, designed by architect Frank Gehry (who grew up in the neighbourhood). But you go there for the art collections like Canada's Group of Seven, modern & contemporary art, and the Master's. They have a wonderful shop which tends to be a bit pricey. You can also enjoy a delicious lunch, dinner or happy hour... More 

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Newmarket, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I can't go back here anymore - the layout makes me crazy. I keep going in circles or bumping into deadends, seeing the same thing, but can't find my way to new exhibits. Frustrating and aggravating and not worth my time and effort ever again.

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Ottawa, Canada
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The AGO is worth the price if there is a good exhibit. I make the trip to the AGO whenever there is a good exhibition (eg Georgia O'Keeffe), which lately has meant us travelling to Toronto twice a year. The exhibits are often world class. The main collections offers a decent overview of Canadian art, but being from Ottawa I... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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From the grand architecture, to the regular and special exhibits, The AGO is one of Toronto's best things to see. They are open late on Wed and Fri evenings. Frank Restaurant is also a nice, upscale spot for a lunch, dinner or drink.

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