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The AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario

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Address: 317 Dundas St. W., Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4, Canada
Phone Number: 416-979-6648
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Tue 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thu - Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: 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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AGO has a beautiful building and I enjoyed the space. The number of impressionists (my favorite) is relatively small but I enjoyed them. There's an unusual blue piece by Monet.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

AGO has a beautiful building and I enjoyed the space. The number of impressionists (my favorite) is relatively small but I enjoyed them. There's an unusual blue piece by Monet.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Love going to new exhibits! Always such a great place to go and visit with the family. It's amazing how much kids can learn and become interested as soon as you walk in. Word of the wise: wear comfortable shoes!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

They spent way too much on the outside and have long neglected the collection, so that what's inside isn't very interesting or distinguished. And the AGO's curators consider any artist who ever had a layover at Pearson Airport to be "Canadian", so beware if you're looking for things genuinely Canuck.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is the biggest gallery I have been in! The architecture is amazing, as are the room layouts. I only toured the basement (model ship collection) and first and second floors and gift shop as I ran out of time! I attended on a free admission Wednesday evening from 6pm-8:30pm. My only complaint is that the gift shop was a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The AGO renewal by Frank Gehry is one of the very few first-class contemporary architectural buildings in Toronto (and Canada), just a beautiful thing, and worth a visit. The art collection is not world class international masterpiece territory -- it has depended on the money and taste of Ontario aristos, which was (to be frank) fairly thin on the ground.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

When I visited the AGO to see the American Artists that were on exhibition at the time, I not only enjoyed the works displayed but the gallery itself was so interesting to me architecturally I found myself taking in the structures with as much pleasure as the paintings. Afterwards, I had lunch in the restaurant downstairs although there were many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I love this gallery. We have a family membership and come for the special exhibitions and other permanent collections. The previous Basquiat exhibit was really good, and provided some solid examples for my students, who were preparing for a mixed media collage assignment. I really enjoyed the recent Emily Carr exhibit, and always enjoy the Lawren Harris paintings. The building... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The AGO is absolutely huge so we decided to only see the Canadian Art, African Art and Thompson collection and only that took us 3 hours. Everything in the museum was a true gem and we had a lovely time wandering through and seeing pieces we've never seen anywhere else.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

If you are into Art. This is the place to stimulate your senses. I find the creativity on display amazing and the special collections worth catching. If you are on a budget there are days which are less costly to visit there. I think it is wednesday but you would have to check first. We don't normally go but now... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

One of the great gems in the city of Toronto. Went for the Basquiat exhibition in March 2015. Used the AGO app as the audio tour, which was free. Had many of the artist's paintings and some installations. Did not show the 1996 film as part of the exhibit. Thought it might be playing on one of the screens. Very... More 

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