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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: +1 416-979-6648
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10:00 - 17:30
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Tue 10:00 - 17:30
Wed 10:00 - 20:30
Thu - Sun 10:00 - 17:30
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 little bit of everything

A nice art gallery that has a bit of everything. Special exhibits are world class, if typically smallish. Great architecture.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 January 2016
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

A nice art gallery that has a bit of everything. Special exhibits are world class, if typically smallish. Great architecture.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

We have been members of the AGO for over 10 years and whenever we have time we wander Thomson's donations to the gallery. We always see something new to admire. The Canadian paintings are wonderful and the Master's are a joy! Look for temporary exhibits as they are always great.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

We recently attended the Turner Exhibit (good but could have been better) and afterward went to High Tea at the Grange members lounge. It was absolutely wonderful and everything I had hoped for. The tea selection was interesting and offered many special varieties. The 3 tier goodies were exquisite! Every item was freshly made and with the most discerning taste.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

This is a good art museum that is worth a visit - young kids may not like it so much but excellent for adults or a date.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

The AGO is an outstanding museum and gallery. We made a special trip to see a major exhibition of JMW Turnerès paintings in a traveling exhibit from the Tate Britian. After this lovely exhibit we decided to take the guided tour. My wife and I were, in fact, the only takers, so we had the excellent guide to ourselves. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

Membership lets you lunch in the modest, homey, down homey confines of the Grange, the Victorian farmhouse where the AGO began. The redesign of the gallery, some dozen or so years on, has yielded a witty, cleverly focused gallery with a strong collection of Group of Seven paintings, some signal Kureleks, Prattses, some terrific Morrices, Kreighoffs, a lively collection of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

Whether you are drawn to the AGO for a special exhibit or merely to wander the galleries for whatever happens to catch your eye, a visit here will be an outstanding experience. Terrific gift shop and family programs are well worth checking out. For southern Ontario residents, a membership could be a good deal.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

Among the finest galleries in Canada. Extensive collection of Canadian art especially Group of Seven. Rotating special shows. Don't forget ship model collection in basement.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

We go a few times a year. There is always something new to see and the kids love it. There is a small kids gallery with some paintings too that they can actually touch which is better than when they try to do it in the other areas :D There is also a playroom with crafts and toys in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

What a treasure!!!!!!! Art for a wide range of interests and tastes but for me it is the Group of Seven that is the draw. I could sit in those galleries and stare at their work by the hour. So beautifully presented ... simply and unadorned. They are magical. After exposing my bias I must admit as well there is... More 

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