With a collection of more than 90,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit.
In 2002, Ken Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. Completed in 2008, Transformation AGO resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America.
Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults.
The new AGO
The new AGO is Toronto-born Frank Gehry’s first building in Canada and marks the very place where he made the initial connection between art and architecture. Hallmarks of his AGO design connect the city and the Gallery in provocative new ways including,dramatic sculptural staircases, the warmth of Douglas fir, and the extensive use of glass which infuses the galleries with natural light. As you will discover, it is an extraordinary new home for extraordinary new art.
Powerful experiences take shape when art meets architecture.
Designed by world-renowned, Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry, the Art Gallery of Ontario is Gehry’s first building in Canada and marks his initial connection between art and architecture. Hallmarks of his AGO design include dramatic sculptural staircases, the warmth of Douglas fir and the extensive use of glass flooding the galleries with natural light. The AGO is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the outstanding works featured in the Thomson Collection to the comprehensive works offered in the Canadian, European and contemporary collections, there is something for everyone at the AGO.
Tours and On the Dot Talks
Would you like to learn more while you visit the Gallery? From 10 minute “On the Dot” pop up art talks to one hour gallery Highlight Tours, AGO tours and On the Dot talks offer stimulating and informative experiences with art.
Join us for one of our Tours or an On the Dot talk on your next visit. Free with admission and subject to Volunteer availability.
Visiting with a group? Click here for more information about private tours and group visits
317 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4 Canada
Sat, 01 July, 2017, 9:00 am