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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 - 17:00
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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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Stunning art by Manasie Akpaliapik a Canadian gem and Frank Gehry's work - whats not to like?

I am so glad to have visited the AGO - a great name for a gallery. The building is very impressive but when I hears that the wonderful architect, an Ontario native Frank Gehry... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2016
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016

I am so glad to have visited the AGO - a great name for a gallery. The building is very impressive but when I hears that the wonderful architect, an Ontario native Frank Gehry had updated parts of the building, I was excited - the Café Italia is wonderful and definitely worth spending some time there. The back stairs from... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

Always a different experience at the AGO - First Thursdays are a MUST experience in the city. Great vibes and opportunities to socialize and view art

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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

The Art Gallery of Toronto is a mix of modern and older architecture. So much to see but our group were with a guide who picked out highlights. Enjoyed the timber framed area for a welcome cup of coffee

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

The Art Gallery of Ontario is a beautiful fusion of Frank Gehry architecture with older buildings. For me, the highlights were a room full of Lawren Harris paintings (with whom I have only become familiar through Steve Martin's guest curation of a show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) and Henry Moore, one of my all time favorite sculptors.... More 

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Québec
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Two examples of special exhibitions: 1) we discovered Vilhelm Hammershoi, a 19th century Danish painter: intimate and domestic paintings playing with perspective and light. Superb! 2) Hurvin Anderson, a Jamaican-English contemporary painter: colourful contrasting places from the memory of an immigrant in England. The permanent collections are important, especially the Canadian collections. This year we discovered the Thomson collection at... More 

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Reviewed 23 June 2016

At least a half of a day visit is required. Excellent with a amazing display of very interesting arts from East, West and Native . For everyone . A must see venue.

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Having just travelled on from Boston, I was disappointed in this gallery- very few show stoppers. Averagely interesting, but no more than that.

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Henderson, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

This museum has many masterpieces including paintings on loan. A portrait artist was highlighted during my visit. The artist was an excellent portraitist that obviously worked on a fee basis as the work was trite. In review their is amazing artistry in this museum.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 21 June 2016

I went to the AGO on a visit in January. It was great! I loved the museum and the gift shop. I will go again.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 June 2016

I loved this enormous gallery. I spent a good 2-3 hours wandering around and they really to pack a lot in so something for everyone. Nice little espresso bar located in the curved timber framed part of the building when you need a pit stop. Free wifi too which was a huge benefit for us visiting from Europe.

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