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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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“Love it”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

Love the AGO. Beautiful building and so easy to while away a few hours there. Very relaxing and always a lovely, calm experience. I can go see the Group of Seven exhibitions over and over again.

Visited December 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

While there were some signage problems with the Bowie exhibit, overall it was extremely good. The majority of the special shows mounted by the AGO are excellent,the current photography exhibits being but 2 examples.
Check out the smaller collections, such as the Thompson model ship collection. Then stroll through the adjacent gallery of ancient treasures, and realize they were all owned, and donated,by one man.
Finish off with an espresso or glass of wine in the new gallery addition overlooking Dundas Street.

Visited November 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Always something of interest and to challenge”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

We love the AGO.
We recently went to the Ai Weiwi exhibit and were blown away. He is such an inspiration. See the film to get a better idea of the context. We bought the DVD "Never Sorry" and learned even more....
But that exhibit is over. Rest assured another great one will come along.
There is wonderful variety at the AGO. Spending a lot of time in just one gallery can be worthwhile.

Visited November 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

I have always had an inclination towards anything artistic and this was a fine opportunity that presented itself during my stay in Toronto. Even though I had a tight schedule, I could not resist visiting this beautiful art gallery. The place is simply huge. The pieces on display were intriguingly beautiful. The gallery has a distinguished architecture and the designs are very unique. This is a place which haunts you long after you have visited it.

Visited June 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“If only the staff were half as good as the collections”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

I visited AGO a few days ago. From the moment I stepped in, the jerk at the front desk couldn't be bothered to explain zero, nada, rien de tout about the hours, collections, nothing at all. It went downhill from there. It's very pricey for a gallery. Maybe that's the problem: European City attitude and prices to match. Overall, it's not an experience I would recommend and I would suggest that, if the weather is tolerable, go somewhere else. Toronto has lots of things to offer but AGO isn't one of them, in my view. If, on the other hand, you can swallow the arrogance and self-importance of some of their staff, you'll enjoy the exhibits provided the poorly organized traffic, groups of random passers by and so on don't bother you.

Visited November 2013
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