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“Fabulous collections of Canadian art”

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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Calgary, Canada
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“Fabulous collections of Canadian art”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

The AGO has a phenomenal collection of historical and contemporary art. For Canadian art lovers this is a must see. Tremendous groupings of the Group of Seven, Cornelius Krieghoff, David Milne and others. Well worth the time and money.

Visited July 2013
Thank Roy O
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“My loveletter to the AGO”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

I go to this Art Gallery at every opportunity I get. The ways I love the AGO:
I love
The building full of light.
The wooden ribs, sturdy, strong and representative of our country.
That a lot of care is taken to exhibit in new and innovating ways. Not only era's or artists but also whimsical and based on a certain colour or the fun of a quiet exhibition in a quiet room with self portraits!
That the store is much more than a store.
That I can have coffee break in the sunshine with a cookie
That I can have a brilliant inexpensive lunch among vibrant students.
That they have space, and lots of it and show it off shamelessly.
That I can always go and admire old friends at the permanent collection.
That I will find something thought provoking to contemplate over in one of the many spaces where one can meander through.
That I discover another lovely story of life when I visit the AGO.
No doubt, I love the AGO.

Visited May 2013
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Cleveland, Ohio
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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.

Visited July 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Canadian art”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

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

Visited August 2012
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“Love the new facade, and the collection is always amazing.”
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.

Visited June 2013
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