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The AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed July 7, 2013

I loved this museum. The architecture of the building is impressive, with wonderful staircases up to the modern collections. The modern collections themselves were quite extensive covering 2 to 3 floors. In addition, there was a floor of classic Canadian artwork, and many more changing exhibitions. This museum was the highlight of Toronto for me. The museum is huge and you just can't absorb everything at once. Try to focus on the areas you prefer first, otherwise you'll find yourself here for an entire day if you spend time looking at every piece of artwork.

Thank Michael K
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Huge selection of Group of Seven paintings. Gorgeous atrium overlooking a street of victorian homes and shops.

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

A few years ago the AGO underwent a transformation. The new Frank Gerhy facade has created a wondeful glass sculpture garden which overlooks Dundas St. and whose wooden trusses make you feel like you are walking through the hull of a ship. At the south end, a new tower gives 2 new floors of rotating modern art shows. The original gallery spaces, housing the excellent and extensive permanent collection have survived untouched.

An often overlooked spot is the basement. After you pass security go down the stairs to see the Thompson model boat collection. An amazing range from models hand made by prisoners during the Napoleonic wars to professionally made architectural models made to show buyers what they were commissioning.

This is a wonderful piece of Toronto and always worth a visit.

Thank CanadianG
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Loved everything about it: the design itself is a treat, especially the circular stairs with outstanding city views, and the top floor with the floor to ceiling windows. The installations by Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller on the top two floors blew my mind.

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

As I strolled through this gallery recently, I began to think the architecture of same was much more impressive than some of the exhibits; in fact it dignified many of these presentations, not the other way round.
The exhibits were many and varied, with something on view for everyone. Each visitor should find something to be entertained by.
While I loved the Sorel Etrog and the Henry Moore pieces the part that enthralled me was the Galleria Italia which was largely funded by the Italian Community. I am no architectural "buff" but this is one of the most impressive areas I have seen in any gallery I have visited.
Go see it, well worth the admission fee, and afterwards have a ramble through adjacent Chinatown, which is busy and biz.
I loved the whole experience.

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