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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
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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A huge museum

Many exhibits, all very different, and most of them quite large, can be found here. Appealing though that is, it also means that, as we've learned, an hour and a half is not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Many exhibits, all very different, and most of them quite large, can be found here. Appealing though that is, it also means that, as we've learned, an hour and a half is not nearly enough time to visit the museum without feeling you've missed more than you've seen. You can easily spend hours here, which I recommend doing.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

From the time I was a little girl and got to visit a gallery, I was hooked. I don't t go to the AGO as often as I should but it is a Toronto treasure and should not be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

During a recent visit to Toronto we decided to take shelter from the heat outside and to spend a few hours in a nicely air-conditioned museum that also was a child-friendly place. We chose the AGO as it features a children's creative play area in the basement. After spending close to an hour in that area building a massive structure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

During an extreme heat day, the body as well as the soul and mind needs extreme TLC. My husband and I, decided to fuel our body first with a Dim Sum lunch in Chinatown, Spadina and then slowly meandering down Dundas to the subliminally, beautifully Frank Ghery designed AGO to fuel our soul and mind. The Idea Of North is... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been to the AGO a few times for special exhibits. The Lawren Harris exhibit was very good and they have a large number of Group of Seven paintings which is always nice to view. However I found a lot of the other art in the gallery lacking. I also dislike that for most of the exhibits the name... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went to see Lawren Harris collection, loved it and the rest of the Canadian historical works. Would recommend the gallery if you are interested in Canadian History.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lawren Harris, whose work can be followed in a current exhibit curated by Steve Martin, seems to have snow in all but about three paintings. Grimy city snow, pristine northern snow, even the idea of snow. Even if you know your Harris, go see it. You will see and learn something new! I will be going back again. But there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The AGO was a great place to come with a 4 year old! There is an amazing room downstairs full of blocks, art materials, costumes, instruments, and all sorts of creative activities. My son LOVED exploring this area while my mother and I took turns staying with him and then checking out the rest of the galleries. The staff members... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This gallery is beautifully designed and always has something new to view. The gift shop has wonderful items as well.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wed nights from 6:00 till 9:00 pm is free admission. Focus in the Group of Seven Floor, fantastic collection, too bad there are no audio tours available. If you are not from Canada it would be nice to learn more. The Henry Moore collection still outstanding after all this years. Well worth the trip. The rest of the collections, may... More 

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Chinatown
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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