While the exterior of the AGO has transformed, the outstanding collection of art inside continues to amaze visitors since it first opened as the Art Museum of Toronto in 1900. Founded by a group of private citizens, it wasn’t until 1966 the gallery became known as it is today as the Art Gallery of Ontario.
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What will you find at the AGO? Over 80, 000 works, which span from 100 A.D. to the present. A highlight for fans of Canadian art is the Tom Thompson Collection of Canadian Paintings and First Nations Objects.
It isn’t just the art which makes the AGO world class. In 2008 the gallery was transformed by Frank Gehry, internationally renowned Toronto-born architect. From the sculptural staircase to the integration of natural light throughout the building, including a light-filled walkway around its upper perimeter.
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Want to get a preview of what is in store for you? Take a virtual wander through the gallery:
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