The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) traces its origins back to 1900, when a group of private citizens banded together in the name of art. Fast-forward more than 100 years and the AGO has become one of the largest art museums in North America.
The gallery is home to more than 80,000 works, from as long ago as 100AD. Collections include European art from some of the greats (think Monet, van Gogh and Picasso), as well as contemporary art from the likes of Andy Warhol and British sculptor Henry Moore.
Be sure to take your time exploring the Canadian Collection, which sheds light on the nation's art heritage, placing special emphasis on Toronto and Ontario. Among the collection is arguably the world's most important contemporary Inuit art, alongside First Nations objects such as masks, amulets and ivory-carved combs.
The Photo Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario is also worthy of lengthy perusal, with images dating all the way from the 1840s to the present day.
Budding artists should make a beeline towards The Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School for an array of hands-on classes, like Introduction to Drawing, Traveller's Sketchbook and even Digital Painting. There are a number of courses and workshops for kids too, including Abstract Painting and Life Drawing.
Get more out of your visit by taking advantage of the On the Dot Talks, which run for 10 minutes at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm daily, and 7.30pm on Wednesdays.
In addition to these 10-minute chats, a 60-minute AGO Highlights Tour runs daily every hour at 11am, 12pm, 13pm and 3pm, and 7pm Wednesdays, offering a more in-depth look at the art and architecture of the AGO.
Admission is free on Wednesday evenings between 6pm and 8.30pm and family passes are also available for $CAD49, which include entry for two adults and up to five youths (entry is free for children aged 5 and under). The closest subway stop to the Art Gallery of Ontario is St. Patrick.