The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO; French: Musée des beaux-arts de l'Ontario) is an art museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The museum is located in the Grange Park neighbourhood of downtown Toronto, on Dundas Street West between McCaul and Beverley streets. The museum's building complex takes up 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft) of physical space, making it one of the largest art museums in North America and the second-largest art museum in Toronto after the Royal Ontario Museum. In addition to exhibition spaces, the museum also houses an artist-in-residence office and studio, dining facilities, event spaces, gift shop, library and archives, theatre and lecture hall, research centre, and a workshop.
Established in 1900 as the Art Museum of Toronto, and formally incorporated in 1903. It was renamed to the Art Gallery of Toronto in 1919, before it adopted its present name, the Art Gallery of Ontario, in 1966. The museum acquired the Grange in 1911 and later undertook several expansions to the north and west of the structure. The first series of expansions occurred in 1918, 1924, and 1935, designed by Darling and Pearson. Since 1974, the gallery has undergone four major expansions and renovations. These expansions occurred in 1974 and 1977 by John C. Parkin, and 1993 by Barton Myers and KPMB Architects. From 2004 to 2008, the museum underwent another expansion by Frank Gehry. The museum complex saw further renovations in the 2010s by KPMB and Hariri Pontarini Architects.
|Tuesday||10:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:30 AM – 9:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:30 AM – 9:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:30 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Sunday||10:30 AM – 5:30 PM|
Eric Kwan | Feb 19, 2018
Gorgeous exhibit of the arts from most of the modern period from 1400 and onward. The variety of studies on display is inspirational. However with much of the gallery dedicated to European artworks, it leaves little for the post modern and other hemispheres. The Group of Seven is a noteworthy exhibit for any visual artist but the photography exhibit does need improvement. For the cost of entry, it is worth seeing. The location makes for a great date location as its located to Chinatown. The gallery also offers a fine dining establishment. Some exhibits are not kid friendly as they contain mature subject matter. The AGO goes offer a programme for kids and schools.
RSH DVP | Mar 1, 2018
A relaxed atmosphere perfect for an art lover's paradise. Fully accessible with ramps, elevators and wheelchairs. Community focused programming the whole family can enjoy. Free admission on Wednesday between 6-9pm. Members lounge with comfortable surroundings, full service attendants and light menu. Historic environment with a new age and modern feel. Must see place for an experience that will alter your perspective on life.
Dmitry Polyakov | Feb 23, 2018
Interesting collections from all over the world. This is quite new building, modern. Recommended to visit. Best time is on Wednesday after 6pm till 9pm free entrance. Central down town location, accessible by walk or public transportation. Discount for seniors and youths. Yearly membership available.
Cameron Robertson | Feb 2, 2018
An amazing selection of artworks and mediums. I was astonished by some of the historical pieces. We were not able to make it to the museum, but this satisfied my interest in seeing some ancient pieces. They had on a special exhibit that was amazing and the staff are friendly and we'll organized. Give yourself a whole day to explore as we had about 4 hours and maybe got through 75% of the galleries, and we were rushing to try and see it all! I recommend exploring the basement where they have all of the models boats from 17th century onwards, and the Christian themed collection, I am not religious in the least bit, but the detail put into these pieces was incredible.
Sara Pauline Morgan | Feb 13, 2018
I love the AGO. If I lived in Ontario, I would get a membership. It has a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, with beautiful permanent exhibits and interesting, conversation-worthy temporary exhibits. It makes a great multi-generational outing. I enjoy the atrium cafe, as it has a great view of Chinatown, and is in the fun glass ribcage, but wish it was better stocked with snacks, and had a few more tables. I am excited to experience the children's programming in a couple of years!
Sunita Pace | Mar 28, 2018
I took my niece's here for the first time over the March Break and loved the experience. I was amazed at how huge this place was and the variety of art and sculptures there was. The architecture of the building was great for displaying the pieces and as we moved through the different areas we felt a different experience with the changing room colours and lighting. Absolutely loves the large open space at the front top most floor with the cafe and sitting area. The view of the surrounding area was nice. My favourite was the display of model ships. The level of detail was incredible!!
Jacqueline C | Mar 31, 2018
Hello, The art gallery was amazing, clean and the staff were great, with the exception of *one staff member* whose actions were disturbing as she had yelled at me in front of all the different groups there and came towards me. She yelled at me loudly, came and nearly grabbed me away for taking a picture in front of a Renaissance Tintoretto painting. She yelled saying it was a very expensive painting, her face flushed, however, I was still a good 2-3 feet away from the painting and smiling to take a picture. Her actions and loudness were shocking and disturbing. I'm a working professional and my friends & I had not been to the gallery. I had to ignore that for the evening to not make a scene in front of everyone, however this is an awful way to treat a gallery patron. Her actions were disturbing, as this was my first time at the AGO as well. Gallery patrons must be treated more respectfully. This was an older lady with grey/white curly hair with rimmed round glasses, in a gallery AGO suit. I'm definitely not a loud patron either so her transgression was definitely uncalled for and not reflecting the refinement and loveliness of the gallery. I don't know if she was trained to yell and apprehend everyday patrons loudly and rudely, and I truly believe and hope this is not a regular practice of the employees there.
Yasaman Alizadeh | Mar 28, 2018
I have been to the AGO several times and highly recommend it to Toronto residents and tourists. It’s a must see if you’re into fine arts and museums and visiting the city. They have several statement works from various artists from different eras and styles. Not too big so you can easily fit it into your schedule if you have a limited time.
Erica Danielsson | Apr 29, 2018
First time here this week and I liked it. I'm glad majority of the part is older paintings cause modern art really confuses me. A recommended route would have been nice for anyone new. I think we managed to go the right direction to take the eras in order, but with so many rooms adjacent its hard to know if a right or a left is the smoothest way to cover it all.
john taylor | Apr 14, 2018
Amazing guest artists. Watch and see who the featured artist or artists are for the month. There is something for everyone you just have to check before you go as different people are featured at different times. Check website for prices, as there is double even triple prices to see each artist on each floor depending on how big the exhibit is. Real great for the kids and all ages if you watch for the right artist... usually a must see for anyone making a trip to this amazing city we have ☺.
Richard Chang | Apr 30, 2018
AGO has so much art to offer. A paradise for the art lovers. The European paintings were very lively and gorgeous. It may seem a little pricey for some, but it has lots to offer. A full tour of the place can easily take an entire afternoon.
Ken Eresmas | Jun 4, 2018
Beautiful institute. Very very big - if you take your time, you can easily spend 2 full days here. Facilities are very clean and well kept. Staff is friendly. Sometimes they throw parties with a DJ, dancing and alcohol, definitely recommend checking it out. Lots of fun!
Jeff Sacco | Jun 24, 2018
I truly love this place. A great art gallery in downtown Toronto. Always a great place to hit up if your a local or tourist. Give yourself a half to a full day to explore it. Restaurant is located on premise for a quick bite. Always a new exhibit coming through so a visit every quarter is nice.
Matthew de Dios | Jun 17, 2018
Wonderful experience! I'd suggest going without a guide. Doing so allowed us spend the time that we wanted on the galleries we wanted to emphasize, and skip hearing the details about art work we didn't care for. Bring a flash light with you when visiting the miniature boat exhibit. The materials are quite sensitive so they can't be exposed to regular light too frequently, so you'll have to bring your own flash light. Great galleries (some were better than others), just make sure to go on a week day during the evening. Shouldn't take you longer than 2 hours to see everything worth seeing.
Andru Valpy | Jun 12, 2018
A Toronto “must”! Likely one of Canada’s best galleries. Staff are friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. They have been bringing in some great exhibits which has been generating a lot of foot traffic and interest - with many exhibits selling out quickly. I was there for the infinity mirrors exhibit, and while I would have liked a little bit more time in each of the rooms, overall it was beautifully executed and presented. Will for sure come back!
Colleen Madden | Aug 14, 2018
Fantastic experience every time! We have had a family membership for several years. Just took my kids, husband, and out of town relatives including my 84 year-old Grandpa and everyone had a blast. My aunt commented how much more approachable and casual it is compared to the Chicago Art Institute. Both are world class but ours is so much easier for families and diverse groups like ours. With dim sum two blocks away and a lovely park to the south we spent our day around our AGO trip!!
Carla F | Aug 2, 2018
This review is for the art classes they have at the AGO. My four year old and I did the side by side spring art class with teacher Daphne. It was fun and both of us learned new techniques. Each class leaves you with a piece of artwork completed by both child and adult. Daphne is terrific with children and an excellent teacher. There were also times that we visited exhibits in the gallery as part of the lesson, which was fun and a great introduction for kids to the gallery. The building itself is beautiful with so many interesting architectural features. Highly recommend!
Balint Nagy | Jul 9, 2018
It’s big,it’s fancy and it’s full of art..about half a day to explore if you skip the educative cinemas. Usually getting crowded on weekends (especially during a hot exhibit) so your best bet is to go on weekdays if you can. The prices are a bit steep but what’s cheap anymore..one of the nicest galleries I visited (in North America). Staff is helpful just don’t forget to turn your flash off
Arisha Akhter | Aug 15, 2018
It was a lovely experience though I wish they were more diverse with their art pieces. It was lovely to see the paintings but I believe they should show more paintings of different cultures and religions. The food was also a little over priced but the service was lovely. Overall my time at the art gallery was enjoyable.
Nicholas Poon | Aug 13, 2018
The best art museum in the city. Though the collection may be somewhat limited compared to other art museums in large cities, it offers a great selection from artists of different eras, ranging from Van Gogh to Picasso alike. My favorite part is the commentary of the artworks, they are very comprehensive and offers a great insight to the history and the creative process from each of the artworks displayed.
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