About AGO – Art Gallery of OntarioThe Art Gallery of Ontario was founded by Ontario Society of Artists in 1900. Originally called Art Museum of Toronto, the first formal exhibit of the museum opened in 1913 while further constructions were made in 1916 for its expansion. Currently the The Art Gallery of Ontario currently has more than 90,000 of works, including those dated back to the first century. It holds a huge collection of Canadian art as well as works from the Renaissance and Baroque eras.
The gallery has 45,000 square metres of physical space, making it one of the largest galleries in North America.
During the AGO’s history, it has hosted and organized some of the world’s most renowned and significant exhibitions, and continues to do so, to this day.
What to Do at Art Gallery of Ontario?
Top Things to Do at Art Gallery of Ontario
The Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the best places to visit when it comes to rediscovering art.
- Explore AGO’s outstanding collection of Canadian Art!
- Experience the majesty of works from the Renaissance and the Baroque eras.
- Travel around the world through African and Oceanic collection, which is one of the largest and most impressive in Canada.
- See AGO’s photography collection, that now has 40,000 artworks, as well as an extensive drawing and prints collection.
- Explore The Henry Moore Sculpture Centre and Henry Moore Discovery Centre that house the world’s largest public collection of the famed artist’s work.
- Explore Yayoi Kusama’s INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER.
- Give your imagination a workout, as you tour AGO’s Contemporary Collection.
- Tour The Thomson Collection and witness artworks from the Italian Renaissance up to the mid-1900s.
- Navigate Thomson Collection of Ship Models that span 350 years.
- Go on a 45-60 minute guided tour of the Gallery with a knowledgeable guide.
- Need to do something different after a work day? Party during First Thursdays or join for AGO Friday Nights.
- Take part in art courses and workshops held round the year for all ages.
- Visit Kids Gallery with your family. Introduce kids to art by participating in Family Sundays. Join for art-making, constructing, storytelling, costume play and more at The Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre.
- Be enchanted by the works of great artists as you explore travelling exhibitions that feature the best works of world renowned artists.
- Admire the architecture of AGO – from the spiral staircase by Frank Gehry to Galleria Italia, the glass and wood façade along Dundas Street.
- Dine at Frank Restaurant.
When to visit AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario?
Tuesday – Thursday: 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday – Friday: 10:30 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Closed on Mondays
First Thursdays: First Thursday of every month: 7 – 11:30 pm
Friday Nights: Every Friday, until 9:00 pm.
Time required to visit:
2 hrs or more, depending on interest
How much will it cost to visit Art Gallery of Ontario?
all visitors 25 and under free, unlimited admission; a $35 Annual Pass includes entry for an entire year.
Single tickets are $25.
Select events are extra.
How to get tickets?
Online / At the Door
Coupons & Discounts
Wednesday nights – FREE (6 – 9 pm)
AGO also has special family pass (~$10 less) offer during Family day and March Break
Free after 03:00 PM: Ontario high school students with valid ID, Tuesday through Friday after 3 pm (Permanent Collection only. Excludes surcharged exhibitions.)
How to get to AGO ?
317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
Located in Toronto’s Downtown Grange Park district, on Dundas Street West between McCaul Street and Beverley Street.
Lat: 43.65351 Lon: -79.3925299
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Parking: Paid Parking lots around AGO
Public Transit Accessible – 505 Dundas or 510 Spadina
What about amenities and accessibility?
Wheel chair accessible – Wheelchairs are also available on a first-come, first-served basis and are free to use.
Wheel chair rentals available.
Wash rooms/ family friendly
Restaurants: visitors can relax and have a great meal at one of the 3 restaurants that Art Gallery of Ontario have. FRANK Restaurant, caféAGO and the Espresso Bar in Galleria Italia offers delectable meals, baked goods and great coffee for all of their guests.
Gift Shop onsite. Art Gallery of Ontario also has an online shop that has offers a wide range of selection for their customers. Shop for arts, books, gift items, prints, jewelries and so much more