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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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10:30 - 21:00
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Hours:
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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Visiting between Special Exhibits

I really enjoy the AGO's special exhibits and thought I'd go with a friend just to see what it is like when there isn't a special exhibit on. I was pleasantly surprised, and I... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoy the AGO's special exhibits and thought I'd go with a friend just to see what it is like when there isn't a special exhibit on. I was pleasantly surprised, and I won't hesitate to visit between special exhibits again. During my last visit, there were school groups (older students) following a tour guide, or doing self guided... More 

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Union Grove, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting Toronto my teenagers wanted to stop here. We enjoyed the exhibits. I always wonder why museums (and zoos) make things so complicated to visit with regards to the flow of viewing exhibits.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was simply amazed with their amazing exhibits which gave me a deeper insight into N American art in the past centuries: from Thompson' collection depicting his humorous characters in frozen Canada - not simply some cowboy characters as portrayed in the movies of 1940's and 1950's but how people dealt with the realities of he North American life...... to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Take your time wondering through the labyrinth of AGO's halls and corridors. You may accidentally stumble upon a painting or a sculpture you've seen so many times in photos or reproductions before, yet never expected to find and see 'in person' right here, in TO.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have time to spend in Toronto the AGO is certainly worth visiting. If you had to pick between going here of the ROM, I would recommend visiting the AGO, I just found it most interesting and there was more to see here than in the ROM. Lovely gallery with a nice gift shop attached.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Better than I expected! Lots of interesting art to see, both classical and contemporary. Love one of the exhibition that displays the Impresssionist and the classical art - both types on the wall facing each other. They came from the same era and you can see the difference!

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The AGO is always changing up their exhibits. It is my go-to place on a rainy day in Toronto and it never fails to impress.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The AGO is in a very cool building. It has some really nice paintings: from the group of seven and some impressionists but overall not a super big art place to visit!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Started out just visiting periodically but found we enjoyed it so much we became members. Love the variety of shows that they bring in. Very diverse so it's always interesting. Great cafeteria downstairs to have lunch with choices for a person needing a gluten-free diet. Great gift shop but pretty expensive. Fun to look.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my toddler to the AGO during the March break. They had activities for children there and I decided to try. The activities were great. My son loved the carton maze and the arts workshop. Although, I didn't get to the kids gallery because my son is too active and the place is not exactly a place for people... More 

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