The gallery is considered one of the largest museums in North America. The collections are located in 50 rooms with a total area of more than 45 thousand m². Among the valuable exhibits of the gallery are paintings by Picasso, Degas, Van Gogh, Renoir, Rembrandt, Gauguin, Monet, Rubens. The museum also features works by famous Canadian painters: D. Wall, D. Altmeida, F. Sullivan and others.
317 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Where do I even begin?!
I got to the gallery at 3pm, thinking 2.5hrs would be enough time to finish the exhibit. (The gallery closes at 5:30pm)
Spoi.. Read more »ler alert: it wasn’t.
I barely made it through the first floor alone. ? will definitely be back though!!
If you can, make a day of it or get the annual pass for an additional $10 (day pass is $25).
In my case, I was only in town for a short visit so didn’t make sense for me to get the annual pass.
We went to this museum on a weekday and it was still a little busy but still nice. When you’re below 25, you have to register to an annual pass which .. Read more »is free but still takes up a few minutes.
The museum in itself was not really my favorite because it had too much of contemporary art which I’m not so fond of.
Otherwise, the floor with the miniature boat collection is really nice and the back stairs (accessible from the third and fourth floors) are worth going to admire the view from there.
During our visit, there was a nice temporary exhibition which was really nice and intriguing and it seems like they have a nice set of these temp exhibitions !
Very enjoyable afternoon. Large open spaces with gorgeous works of art displayed in a way which allows one to walk and view at a pace you set yoursel.. Read more »f. Guided tours are available for those who enjoy hearing the history and stories behind the painting and/or artist. Lots of seating available for times you wish to linger and study the art, or if you need a rest.
I spent approximately four hours in the museum just checking out the ground floor. There were four other levels that I didn't have the time to visit. .. Read more »There's A LOT to see here. It's worth it. Just make sure you have ample time to make the most out of it. There's even a restaurant and a gift shop, so you can pretty much spend most of your day here.
Very pleased at the wide selection of art in the collection, including Canadian art, Indigenous art, and foreign art.
The temporary e.. Read more »xhibits are also well done.
It’s also always free for people under 25, which is a great way to get young people involved in the arts!
Tickets should be purchased online in advance even if you are under 25, as you may need to wait for an email confirmation.
AGO is amazing! If you like museums I recommend you to buy the annual pass and come back in different days. I only could see two exhibitions and I was.. Read more » tired already (after walking throughout the city). The shop has a lot of cool things and local artists' prints. They also have a bistro, and a couple of tables outsides.
Went for the first time on free night Wednesdays. It was really nice! I am not an art person, but it was fun just wandering about and I got my steps i.. Read more »n. There are cool, overpriced, nifty items in the gift shop that I recommend checking out. I only say that you do so at your own risk. The only thing I wish was better might be ventilation because there were rooms that got pretty hot with all the people in it.
I have never been very fond of Arts ?, but my wife loves it. Once my wife took me to the Art Gallery of Ontario, now I have started developing interes.. Read more »t in arts and historic paintings. This place is clean, big and beautiful. Anybody under the age of 25 can also enter for free. I would definitely visit again.
Inexpensive way to spend the day.
Great for all ages with a variety of are exhibits showcasing all different kinds of Art forms usually and usually ha.. Read more »s some sort of special exhibit or theme. Extremely fun for families, groups or if you as one individual just want to escape the chaos of lineups, congestion, the traffic of our overpopulated infrastructure this is the place that avoids all of those. I highly recommend the ago to anyone who can really enjoy insightful learning, beauty of our (Mans) history and creativity. Beautifully bliss for the mind, eye and spirit. Have fun!
A huge 5 level of gallery with amazing arts, models, painting and sculpture by different artists. Every room has a story to tell and one can easily sp.. Read more »end an hour just in one section. Make sure to eat well and have ample time with you to visit the gallery. Also, they have a stand where you can keep your coat and bag otherwise if you are carrying a backpack, you have to carry it either on the front or the side but not in the back.
I would recommend to get the tickets online or if you are a member of Toronto Public Library you can avail free passes every Saturday.
Overall, a lovely experience.
This was my first visit to the AGO. The staff were extremely helpful. It was easy to navigate, with both stairs and elevators available. They also had.. Read more » places to sit in several of the rooms, which was appreciated. Everything was well-labelled, often with info about the artist, the artwork, and/or the historical/cultural context of the piece. They also have an entire section for indigenous art and the notes throughout the gallery were displayed in English, French, and indigenous languages. I will definitely be back again.
Beautiful paintings, sculptures, artifacts, mediums, architecture, and creations. Really enjoyed my time here, it was very peaceful. So many stories p.. Read more »acked into each room, it would take hours to just get through one section if you really read and appreciated everything. The exhibits are beautifully places and flows nicely.
My happy place! Steps away from the office, this is always an oasis during lunch time - when crowds are sparse and space is empty for personal enjoyme.. Read more »nt. Happy to be a member and support this space. Highly recommend membership - it includes excellent benefits like coat check, and discounts at their shop and eateries.
Great collection of art in the heart of downtown. The gallery has 5 floors with one level dedicated for special events and basement for small models o.. Read more »f ships. Other floors are easily accessible via elevators and stairs. Level 2 is what I enjoyed the most with art from 1200s, there is a beautiful gallery in Canadian indigenous people as well as sculpture art collection on the same floor. Coat check is available for 2 bucks, art shop is also located on the main floor. Municipal Parking is available nearby like 40 larch street.
Beautiful art space.
Our favorite part is ship miniatures.
Picasso’s exhibition is until mid January.
Coffee shop has an amazing ambiance, especially .. Read more »during the sunny day.
And AGO cafe is worth mentioning because it’s one of a kind both healthier and yummier place to eat (comparable to regular museum’s cafes).
It’s also free to everyone under 25!
Wonderful welcome on a recent visit, staff made vaccination checks a breeze and engaged with and entertained my toddlers when they really didn't have .. Read more »to - so kind and thoughtful. On that note, wonderful spot for children esp. when the winter outdoors are so forbidding. Oh and the exhibits are fabulous!
We have had season passes the last two years and would highly recommend getting one. They are $35 and the value is incredible. There is always one, s.. Read more »ometimes multiple world class exhibitions happening. You will see something new and inspiring every time. The staff that work there are so knowledgeable, so professional and so friendly. We have been to all the top museums in North America, I rank this at the top !
Long line but breezed through it fast! Very Welcoming staff. It was good to see them outside making sure everyone knew it would be fast and checking t.. Read more »ickets, ensuring safety. The Caribbean exhibit was not what I expected. I was a bit disappointed on the flow and vibe. I was expecting more authentic art from islanders; some culture and history. There is so much creativity when I am in the islands but didn’t feel that. The steel pan Drums where awesome. I wanted to dance. The huge floor was available to dance socially distant. Some areas got a bit crowded and needed staff for control. The Boats downstairs was amazing to see with the details on a miniature scale it must have seemed tedious but worth it. Beautifully displayed and on the way to the bathroom so no one would miss it. Great location. Parking is in front and can be used down the street to go to a neighbourhood restaurant after.
Visited both the Warhol and Picasso exhibits. Both exhibits were made well and were informative. Unfortunately, there were a lot of people in parts of.. Read more » the Warhol exhibit at a given time, not sure if it was people staying longer than anticipated to read the explanations. Picasso had a long line to get in (even with the timed entrance) but due to this the distancing in the exhibit was better. Picasso had these lovely in-depth videos of how they have uncovered hidden images in the paintings. Overall, a good time and both exhibits had well curated pieces of artwork.
A really fun and cool art gallery with lots of cool rotating exhibits! We loved coming here and looking around! We came to see the Andy Warhol exhibit.. Read more » and it was amazing. The rest of the museum's layout can be a bit confusing. Definitely check out the Indigenous art section, one of the most powerful art displays I've ever seen. On top of all that, we went for free because AGO has a free admission pass for anyone between the ages of 14 to 25. We applied online and got our tickets online, it was super easy! Definitely an amazing experience, even moreso if you don't have to pay!
Their annual pass is free for 25 and under which made my visit all the better! You can't beat a world-class art museum experience that's completely fr.. Read more »ee. I was able to register online for this pass. The Andy Warhol show was impressive. There was no wait time for me to get in on a weekday afternoon. I learned a lot about modern Canadian artists during my visit there and definitely plan on returning in the future!
World class, truly. A brilliantly curated series of exhibitions, with a superb collection and a revolving "best of the best" new and old from around .. Read more »the world. A stunning venue with brilliant architecture and an exquisitely thoughtful layout. The staff are helpful but not intrusive and it is an extremely well-run institution. Not to be missed.
If you are under 25, you can get in for free! Remember, you have to book the tickets online prior to your visit. The staff were super friendly, and th.. Read more »ere were so many themes to discover. Let alone the cool architecture of the gallery. Personally, I don't have much interest in art, but I still enjoyed the atmosphere of this place. Perfect place to go out with your friends.
A beautiful place to go on a date! All different kinds of things to see in terms of history and art. The exhibitions there are neat, I personally just.. Read more » went to the Andy Warhol one and it was phenomenal. Not one reason I wouldn’t go to the AGO. Their tickets are fairly priced as well. Finally, they do have a $35 annual pass, which is a steal.
Amazing, good prices. Very nice staff! Very cool and fantastic art pieces! You could be there all day, there is so many cool things to look at. Amazin.. Read more »g place to go with your family.
Beautifully designed building, never over crowded due to good management at the desks. Gift shop is ace, providing a broad range, especially in regard.. Read more »s to books ?
The department of Christian artifacts is by far the best collection in the Gallery by my personal experience, and the collection of busts is quite extraordinary!!
Members club is well worth it too, with access to food & beverage service and a charming lounge overlooking the gardens
I have been here for so many times. Really enjoyed the Andy Warhol exhibition! Such a great place to visit arts. Love the whole building with the larg.. Read more »e glass windows. The design of the stairs are pretty amazing too. They also got place for food and resting as well. Great place for hanging out with friends and learning about art, both historical and contemporary, international and Canadian! Really friendly staffs. And you can get a free pass online if you are under 25! Also enjoying shopping at the art store too.
I’ve visited the AGO since I was a child and it holds a special place in my heart. The architecture is something else - perfectly reflects the beautif.. Read more »ul art inside. Gift shop is full of great items and each temporary exhibit always has an excellent mini gift shop as well. Great variety of art and always has interesting exhibits. Always clean and people are respectful. Unfortunately I haven’t gone since Early Rubens back in 2019 but I look forward to going again whenever possible.
I’ve been visiting the AGO for years, ever since I was a child. Whether it’s seeing new installations or featured, limited-time specials or revisiting.. Read more » old favourites that are permanently open to the public, it’s one of those places that just feel like home to me.
Throughout university, I would visit here once every week or two, thanks to their free program for people under 25.
So the year pass is nearly the same price lol as a day pass. Might as well right! Anyway this place also has a drawing room for all old prints and you.. Read more » can sign them out for free! If you like to draw and your not part of a school or anything but just want to draw a remarkable piece of art go ahead. They also offer other programs to the public. :)
I’ve been here probably over 20 times in my life. It never gets old and you could never have enough time to look and read everything just because ther.. Read more »e is so much to see!! On top of that they do update sections as well over the years. I highly recommend the Friday night events they have. You met lots of nice people along the way. And there’s lots of food and drink options which is great. Highly recommend!
I love the Art Gallery of Ontario and cannot wait for it to reopen. I have had the pleasure of visiting the Art Gallery of Ontario only once but it w.. Read more »as an amazing experience. The space was stunning, beautiful to get lost in a walk around. The exhibits were varied and each as equally as introspective and thought provoking as the last. The staff was very helpful and kind. I highly recommend the Art Gallery of Ontario for anyone who would like to take in some culture but also loose themselves for an afternoon, forget the troubles of the day and immerse yourself into something wonderful. I hope you all visit!
Building was very impressive, lots of galleries with some chairs to sit in.
Nice little coffee bar in the amazing building-length atrium.
Some of the .. Read more »modern stuff I think is junk - if I could produce a reasonable facsimile it's not fine art!
Free Wed evenings after 6 pm., though you have to line up. At least the line moves quickly...
The Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the best of its kind in Canada. The collection is large, varied, well chosen and beautifully exhibited. This is n.. Read more »ot one of those museums that crowd their walls and open spaces with works of art to make an impression. There's plenty of room for the exhibited pieces and for visitors. The building of the gallery calls attention to itself sparingly, never taking your attention away from the exhibitions. The collection of Canadian art is unequalled. It spans the history of art in the country from its humble beginnings to contemporary times.
One of my favourite places in the entire world. Such a worldly variety of art spanning from the 1300's to current day. I'm always impressed by their t.. Read more »emporary exhibitions as well as their permanent collection. Always a perfect place to gain new inspiration of my own.
This museum was bigger than what I expected it to be. I loved the contemporary art and indigenous artists sections. It can take about 3 hours to see a.. Read more »ll of the works there.
Very nice enjoyable will go back again
Great place to visit for the day and the bistro is fabulous too.
Social distancing in place. Feel quite safe inside.
I love the art gallery of ontario. Never fails to disappoint.
I went with my friend who's a fine artist, specializing in art history and curatorial practices. It was good to have someone explain the contexts behi.. Read more »nd the work we saw. Without her explaining the lives and intentions of the artists the museum would lack any intimacy to really see work for what it is. We came specifically to see the Diane Arbus exhibit, a bigger focus on her magazine work, but the archive was still extremely enjoyable thanks to Arbus' natural genius.
Free 1 year membership for everyone from 18-25? You gotta be kidding!
Ago was a nice gallery. The gentilman by the ticket gate was very welcoming and he assisted on where to go and whats closed. He was very nice. It was .. Read more »nice to see alot of beautiful paintings and sculptures. I loved the african space, which they should add more lighting to, it was kinda dark and the Natives, they had a space to watch on screen what it was like during the early years of times and it was so awesome and interesting. Alot of security guards were well monitoring and were kind to let me know where a sign of description of each art item were. I was taking pictures also, one security guard was following me and my daughter because i was taking pictures with my selfie stick, to take pictures of myself with the large paintings (they were so beautiful) he told me put my selfie stick away and to not to take pictures of some paintings because it was european.....but there were people taking pictures and he didnt say anything to them. You guys should allow people of colour to enjoy themselves at the gallery and do better with monitoring everyone. I felt like i was a threat when i am not. The shop was very nice had interesting stuff there and books for kids. Scanning out my ticket, the lady by the gate was kind and i thanked her. Overall we did enjoy the time being there. Thank you.
I love Art Gallery of Ontario very much! I had the opportunity to visit amassing and contemporary exhibitions! All exhibitions are very informative a.. Read more »nd very educative. These exhibitions are very well-organized. I have the opportunity to use different high quality devices (earphones, translation devices). I highly recommend to visit Art Gallery of Ontario as one of the best places in Toronto
The AGO had a wonderful collection of modern and impressionist art, as well as rotating exhibits. It felt large enough to feel substantial, but small .. Read more »enough that we felt we could view in an afternoon. The real star of the show at AGO though is the facility itself. I was in awe of the gorgeous spiraling staircase and the exterior trusses. A must-see!