Admire the impressive range of over 80,000 artworks at Art Gallery of Ontario, one of the largest venues of its kind in North America. With a collection spanning the period between the 1st century CE and the present day, this architectural landmark (with a facade by noted architect Frank Gehry) houses First Nation carvings, Henry Moore sculptures, rare Quebecois religious items, and much more. Other highlights include permanent exhibits of European paintings by Tintoretto, Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso, Rodin, Monet, Degas, Cezanne, and many other Baroque and Renaissance masters. It's difficult to see everything in a single day, but if you're on a tight schedule, you can get a good feel for the gallery by taking a short mini tour. Plan to visit Art Gallery of Ontario and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Toronto attractions using our Toronto route tool.
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Art Gallery of Ontario reviews
Group of us went on family day and were able to get a wheelchair for my mother. We all really enjoyed the exhibits and will go again. So much to see and well laid out.
Group of us went on family day and were able to get a wheelchair for my mother. We all really enjoyed the exhibits and will go again. So much to see and well laid out. more »
I went to see the wonderful Leonard Cohen exhibition, but stayed to see the excellent permanent exhibits, especially the Indigenous art collection.
I went to see the wonderful Leonard Cohen exhibition, but stayed to see the excellent permanent exhibits, especially the Indigenous art collection. more »
Final destination for all art lovers! What a destination for those who love art! You can find the artistic brilliance and some awfulness too. It's a must!
Final destination for all art lovers! What a destination for those who love art! You can find the artistic brilliance and some awfulness too. It's a must! more »
We went to this museum on a weekday and it was still a little busy but still nice. When you’re below 25, you have to register to an annual pass which is free but still takes up a few minutes. The museum in itself was not really my favorite because it had too much of contemporary art which I’m not so fond of. Otherwise, the floor with the miniature boat collection is really nice and the back stairs (accessible from the third and fourth floors) are worth going to admire the view from there. During our visit, there was a nice temporary exhibition which was really nice and intriguing and it seems like they have a nice set of these temp exhibitions !
Where do I even begin?! I got to the gallery at 3pm, thinking 2.5hrs would be enough time to finish the exhibit. (The gallery closes at 5:30pm) Spoiler alert: it wasn’t. I barely made it through the first floor alone. 😭 will definitely be back though!! If you can, make a day of it or get the annual pass for an additional $10 (day pass is $25). In my case, I was only in town for a short visit so didn’t make sense for me to get the annual pass.
A huge 5 level of gallery with amazing arts, models, painting and sculpture by different artists. Every room has a story to tell and one can easily spend an hour just in one section. Make sure to eat well and have ample time with you to visit the gallery. Also, they have a stand where you can keep your coat and bag otherwise if you are carrying a backpack, you have to carry it either on the front or the side but not in the back. I would recommend to get the tickets online or if you are a member of Toronto Public Library you can avail free passes every Saturday. Overall, a lovely experience.
Great gallery. Very pleased at the wide selection of art in the collection, including Canadian art, Indigenous art, and foreign art. The temporary exhibits are also well done. It’s also always free for people under 25, which is a great way to get young people involved in the arts! Tickets should be purchased online in advance even if you are under 25, as you may need to wait for an email confirmation.
I spent approximately four hours in the museum just checking out the ground floor. There were four other levels that I didn't have the time to visit. There's A LOT to see here. It's worth it. Just make sure you have ample time to make the most out of it. There's even a restaurant and a gift shop, so you can pretty much spend most of your day here.
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