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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 am - 5:30 pm
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Tue 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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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Perfect museum with interesting exhibitions

Whenever I visit Toronto I try to find time to visit this centrally located museum. This time I was in between big exhibitions. There were however two small exhibitions (Pop Art... read more

Reviewed February 6, 2016
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed February 6, 2016

Whenever I visit Toronto I try to find time to visit this centrally located museum. This time I was in between big exhibitions. There were however two small exhibitions (Pop Art and some modern art installation with wardrobe doors set up to duplicate a Beijing city block). I this time restricted myself to floor 2 and 3. Building is beautiful,... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed February 1, 2016

If you think that art is for the artsy? Think again. The AGO has so much to offer. Families visit with their children as there are plenty for them to do. Couples and singles can enjoy an entire day at the AGO and, honestly, not see a quarter of the displays. I highly recommend going on their website and checking... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed February 1, 2016

Free admission on Wed nights 6pm - 9pm, not including the special exhibitions. Not crowded during the winter months, take your time walking through the exhibits. There is also a free guided tour at 7pm.

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Reviewed February 1, 2016

Free on friday after 6pm. really huge gallery, many things to see. From sculptures to historical things. And there is a nice shop at the entrance with really cool things.

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Reviewed January 30, 2016 via mobile

We took in this gallery as part of our city tour and really enjoyed this visit the gallery was holding several interesting exhibitions during our visit - I particularly loved all the abstract art here Well worth a visit

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed January 30, 2016

The AGO is a gem in downtown Toronto. I love Frank Gehry’s architectural redesign, it makes me smile every time I see it. The gallery has a wonderful range of permanent collections, including Canadian art, along with art from Europe, Africa, plus photography and print. The exhibitions can be avant garde and refreshing. There is an additional charge for some... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed January 30, 2016

This is a great venue. There is so much to see and the content changes regularly there you can never really get bored. Just keep going back and see things you didn't see before. Enjoy and relax.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed January 30, 2016

The AGO is a great place to drop by and if you are from Toronto become a member because you get to see all the exhibits free!!!! Normal people pay $20 per person. The JMW Turner exhibit was great but for some reason it was really noisy in the exhibit area. Hard to enjoy the great odd. Never been to... More 

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Reviewed January 30, 2016 via mobile

The combination of the beautiful, old Walker Court and the soaring new wood beamed galleries makes the AGO worth the trip alone. Add a lunch at the Frank restaurant for a perfect outing.

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Reviewed January 28, 2016

AGO has a great collection of art, starting with the architecture. The building is beautiful, with amazing wood work, and a wonderful flow of lines.

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