The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is a museum of art in Toronto, Canada.
This museum has more than 9,00,000 visitors per year to browse its collection more than 70,000 art works. This gallery which earlier housed the rich heritage of Canada in its art works, is now home to many other art works from all parts of the world. The AGO still is not for the Canadian art works dating as early as the 1st century.
AGO is also known for the African art works that it houses. A major portion of the art works are a part of the museum’s permanent collection and this number has grown to a large extent over the past few decades.
In the year 2004, a project by name ‘Transformation AGO’ was started and the gallery was completely renovated. The is project was completed in the year 2008. Amazing wood work and infrastructure is what the gallery has become an epitome of now. The structure and layout has made the museum more spacious, airy and easier to navigate.Galleria Italia is the master piece infrastructure which is shaped like a ship’s hull. It is a sculpture gallery which runs across the length of the building enabling the visitors and passersby to see inside the gallery.Various benefactors have contributed to this transformation by providing monetary contributions and by donating their collections.
One thing visitors to this gallery would notice is the security guards here. They are surprisingly knowledgeable about the collections and guide the visitors pretty well on their museum tour.
AGO has launched an online platform called the Collection X which gives its visitors a virtual tour of its collections. Schedules of various exhibitions, videos and audios are also available here.
This gallery also hosts live performances and exhibits periodically for its visitors. Even if you are only mildly interested in art, AGO is worth a visit.