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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 10:00 - 17:30
Wed 10:00 - 20:30
Thu - Sun 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The eighth-largest art museum in North America presents an awe-inspiring...

The eighth-largest art museum in North America presents an awe-inspiring collection: more than 36,000 works representing 1,000 years of extraordinary art.

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The space alone is amazing and a piece of art all on its own! The special exhibitions never fail to impress and the current one The Outsiders is no exception. There were lots of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 March 2016
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Saskatchewan, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

The space alone is amazing and a piece of art all on its own! The special exhibitions never fail to impress and the current one The Outsiders is no exception. There were lots of kids there on school tours the day we went but their enthusiasm added to the experience rather than detracting.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

We loved the AGO. The architecture is stunning, good collections, knowledgeable volunteers, decent price to get in. Fun even for the kids :-) awesome gift shop, decent cafe. We'll be back for sure.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

Two exhibitions brought us here this time, the selection of drawings from the AGO's own collection, and "The Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s-1980s." Both are well worth seeing, and the second show will require a second visit. The AGO's exhibition on post-war modernist art is also excellent. Love that Claes Oldenburg Burger!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

Glad I took a couple hours out of my conference to walk to the AGO and enjoy Canadian art. I could have spent more time here, but it was lovely to see works by the Group of 7. I also appreciated the gallery's critically-minded questioning of the use of these iconic paintings for nation-building in ways that excluded indigenous peoples... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

Loved this Art Gallery experience. Every imaginable kind of art here - from the old masters to more the contemporary. As a photographer I was thrilled to find a special exhibit showcasing early American Photographers - including Diane Arbus whose work I was thrilled to view. Wear comfortable shoes - this place is huge.

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Waterloo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

Incredible collection of Group of 7 and other Canadiana, including indigenous and primitive art. Forgot that we are fortunate enough to have Rodin's Thinker...incredible. Definitely a good visit when in Toronto.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

This is one of my favourite spots in Toronto to spend on a Sunday afternoon. There is a great Western art collection as well as Canadian, Aboriginal and African art and artefacts as well. Last year, I attended a successful show on Basquiat, and there are constantly great exhibits coming up as well. I also have a membership that includes... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

The group of seven, the special exhibits, the building redesign by Frank Gehry, the diversity of presentations...every room is a new adventure. There are many reasons to visit Toronto...the AGO is at the top of the list.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

I'm not an art enthusiast however, I visited with an open mind and quite enjoyed the visit and atmosphere. Very large place with many levels and themes/times in history. Very educational.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

After living in Toronto for 12 years I finally found my way to the AGO with my daughter and granddaughter. Each Sunday afternoon is family fun day. The little one had a great time creating paintings and constructing. The AGO is easy to access by transit or car. The gift shop was interesting to browse through with books, art prints... More 

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Toronto's main Chinatown has the honor of being the largest in North America. Gaping down across Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, the area is a wonderful medley of shops and restaurants, busy signs and bright red gates, a destination for foodie fun. Chinatown's streets are always bustling, packed with people and outdoor stalls hawking fresh produce and products. The restaurants and authentic marketplaces that shoulder in against each other display shining roast ducks and menus studded with dumplings and noodle bowls. The air is pervaded with music. different languages, and the smell of fried food and mouth-watering desserts. Chinatown's restaurants represent a broad range of fare, from traditional Szechuan and Shanghai foods, to other Asian delicacies, including some of the top Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean spots in the city. Whether you're in the mood for a sit-down tea house or a bubble tea to go, Chinatown is the spot to enjoy an exciting walk and the promise of leaving satisfied.
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