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The AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario

317 Dundas St. W., Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4, Canada (China Town)
416-979-6648
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Type: Art Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ontario) The Art Gallery of Ontario reopened in November 2008 following an extensive renovation by architect Frank... more »
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is an amazing gallery with an abundance of Canadian content; the Group of Seven and many others :) The gallery space boasts beautiful architecture--make sure you get a few photos of the coiling stairwell in the atrium. Plan to spend at least three hours here. There is a cafe and coffee shop where you can rest and refuel. Volunteers... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I could easily spend a full day here. There is lots of interesting art here. When I visited there were some really great photo composites by a local photographer showing sites in areas in or near Toronto. There was a comparison of how art was shown cramped together versus given large spaces. There are tons of great exhibits -- my... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Impressionists, building architectures, impressive sculpture all with a memorable restaurant on board.

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Baltimore, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I have been to a lot of galleries all around the world and the AGO would rank right up there with some of the best. It is a very spacious place with many, many galleries to look through. There are works for many time periods and genre. This is a not to be missed place for any art lover coming... More

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Loved the new addition, Great neighborhood to walk in.Lovely exhibit space. But when did gift shops in museums become like being in the housewares dept. of a Macy's??? What next? Doorbuster sales!!! More Picasso/ less pots& pans!!

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Whether you come because it's free to public after 1800 on a Wednesday (which I did not) or because it is a Cultural hub, there is something for everyone. I loved that this gallery had Volunteers quietly available to answer questions and give insight. A welcome surprise that a volunteer would appear and ask if I would like to know... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Besides the travelling shows, which are always interesting, don't forget to hit the cafe (basement) or espresso bar (2nd level) for some delicious coffee or pastries while you are there!

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Lydney, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Ok, I have to admit that unlike some of the other reviewers I did not pay. We were on the big bus and as we arrived at the stop the guide told us the gallery was free to the public after 1800 on a Wednesday and as it was 1758 we jumped off. In the short time we were there... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

As you can't talk it out with someone by yourself. amazing G dynamic can get lost in a good way. The variety of art is amazing. Best The VAG by a long shot.

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melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was my second visit to the AGO. You go for the 'Group of Seven' collection, a remarkable body of work by early 20th c Canadian artists which captures the Canadian landscape perfectly. There is a good general collection, an amazing group of ship models in the basement, (sounds boring? Don't miss it) and the Frank Gehry extension. I saw... More

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