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Toronto's Top 10 : Art Gallery of Ontario

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Founded in 1900 and now one of the most prominent art museums in North America, the wide-ranging Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has over 68,000 works. The outstanding pieces of Canadian art, in particular paintings by the Group of Seven, are a national treasure. Along with superb Henry Moore plasters, bronzes, and other works, the gallery exhibits significant masterpieces of European art, from paintings by Tintoretto and Frans Hals to Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. A major renovation, designed by architect Frank Gehry, was completed in November 2008. It includes a free contemporary gallery with rotating exhibits, accessible at street level during gallery hours.

  • 317 Dundas St W

  • 416 979 6648

  • www.ago.net

  • Open 10am–8:30pm Wed–Fri, 10am–5:30pm Sat, Sun & Tue.

  • Check website for further details during renovation works

  • Adm: $18 adults; $10 youths and students; $15 senior citizens; $45 family ticket; under 5s free


The Grange

This elegant Georgian mansion, the city’s oldest standing brick house, was built in 1817, when Toronto was just the small town of Muddy York in Upper Canada. The owners, D’Arcy Boulton Jr., and his wife, Sarah Anne, were prominent members of the elite. Their grand home, resembling an English country manor, with a staff of 10, was a focal point of the town’s social life. Period furnishings, which include a pianoforte, lap desk, and sleigh bed, occupy the first and second floors of the mansion, while the aroma of bread baking in the 19th-century brick oven wafts through the below-ground working kitchen.


The AGO offers a lower level café with a family-friendly light lunch menu and a casual chic restaurant featuring regional Canadian cuisine.


Browse the Gallery Shop for specialty gifts, reproductions from the gallery’s collection, posters, books, and handcrafted jewelry.


Join one of the free tours for extra insight into the collections and exhibits. Call the What’s On tour hotline at 416 979 6649 for daily listings.


General admission to the gallery is free every Wednesday, 6–8:30pm, a fee may be charged for entrance to some exhibits


Nearby underground pay parking is available at Village by the Grange, on McCaul Street south of Dundas Street



Top 10 Collections
  1. The Grange

    This Georgian mansion was the Art Gallery of Ontario’s first home. Restored to the period 1834–40, it gives a taste of what life was like for Toronto’s privileged class in the mid-19th century.

    The Grange
  2. Henry Moore

    The world’s largest public collection of works by British artist Henry Moore (1898–1986) encompasses bronze sculptures, plaster and bronze maquettes, drawings, and prints. His monumental Large Two Forms broods outdoors, with its surface now worn smooth by admirers’ countless rubbings.

  3. Group of Seven

    Iconic scenes of the Canadian landscape epitomize this deeply influential group of painters who strove, in the 1920s, to create a national artistic identity. The collection features signature work by A. Y. Jackson, Lawren Harris, and Tom Thomson, who died before the group officially banded together.

  4. French Impressionists

    Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir are just some of the 19th-century artists whose masterpieces grace this estimable collection.

  5. 20th-Century Canadian

    Major works by Betty Goodwin, Joanne Tod, and Elizabeth Magor demonstrate the strength and diversity of contemporary Canadian artists. Conceptual art is represented by Michael Snow, Jeff Wall, and Paterson Ewen, who painted on plywood gouged with an electric router.

  6. Contemporary

    Abstract Expressionist, Pop, Minimal, and Conceptual examples illustrate the evolution of late-20th-century art in North America and Europe.

  7. Thomson Collection

    The largest philanthropic cultural gift in Canadian history, these 2,000 works add remarkable depth to the AGO’s collection, with emphasis on Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, 19th-century painters Cornelius Krieghoff and Paul Kane, and the work of 20th-century radical abstract expressionists Paul-Émile Borduas and Jean-Paul Riopelle.

  8. Prints and Drawings

    The works in this collection range from the 15th to 21st centuries and include important Italian, Dutch, German, French, and British pieces. Adam and Eve (1504) by German etcher Albrecht Dürer is a highlight. Works by Canadian artists also have a strong presence. Selected pieces can be viewed in the Marvin Gelber Study Centre.

  9. Photography

    This broad collection showcases historic calotypes by Linnaeus Tripe and work by 20th-century modernist Josef Sudeck, plus photographs from the 1930s presses. International works round out the collection.

  10. Inuit Art

    This fine collection of works produced after World War II includes sculptures, prints, and wall hangings crafted from indigenous materials.

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