10 Tips for a Great Visit
1. Beat the lines and buy online
Buying your tickets online guarantees you not only admission to the exhibition and the Gallery but also a way to avoid lineups and the potential disappointment of the days and time you want selling out.
Revealing the Early Renaissance is a timed-entry exhibition, which means you pick a time that suits you best and then enter the exhibition at any time during your designated hour. You can stay in the exhibition as long as you like. In fact, we encourage you to take your time!
To get tickets for your preferred time, you can buy them online and bypass the admissions line when you arrive. Print your tickets at home or flash them on your phone as you enter the Gallery. Tickets can also be picked up in person if you run into problems printing at home.
2. Visit at a time that works for you!
We are open:
Tuesday & Thursday–Sunday: 10 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8:30 pm
Thursday (May 2 and June 6 only): 6:30 – 9:30 pm
We recommend visiting during the day. Kids can soak up the art, then create some of their own in our Hands-On Centre or Family Creativity Lounge.
Want to avoid the crowds?
School groups tend to visit on weekdays between 10 am and 2 pm, and weekends are our busiest time. The final weeks of the major exhibitions also attract a high volume of visitors. Visit weekday afternoons to enjoy a quieter experience.
3. Enrich your experience!
No doubt about it — an audio tour enhances your visit! For only $4 ($3 for AGO Members), you can gain fascinating insight into the Early Renaissance during your visit.
Want to learn more before or after your visit? Explore the rest of our microsite, ago.net/RevealingTheEarlyRenaissance, for tons of valuable information, plus details on our various events and talks. Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates, to send us your feedback and to ask us questions about the exhibition.
4. Bring the whole family
Our family admission is only $62.50 (a saving of up to 40% on individual adult and youth prices, depending on the size of your family) and entitles you to a whole day’s worth of activities. A family membership is another great way to save—providing deep discounts on camps, classes and lots more.
After the exhibition, children can touch, play and create in our Family Creativity Lounge or Hands-On Centre on Level 2 (open weekdays 10 am – 2 pm; weekends 10 am – 4 pm). When the family gets hungry, kids aged 5 and under eat for free in caféAGO* and we offer a kids’ menu in FRANK Restaurant. Strollers and forward-facing baby carriers are welcome but, sorry, no child-carrier backpacks.
*Children must be accompanied by an adult spending a minimum of $12; maximum of two free kids’ meals per adult purchase in caféAGO.
5. Great values and deals
Admission to the exhibition:
Seniors (65+) $21.50
Youth (6–17) $16.50
Students (Full-time with valid ID) $16.50
Family (Two adults and up to 5 youth) $62.50
Children (5 and under) FREE
Dinner & Show Package $65
Lunch & Show Package $30
Wednesday nights (6 – 8:30 pm) $12.50
Want to save?
- Make it an occasion! Enjoy the exhibition and a three-course Italian-inspired dinner at FRANK, the AGO’s award-winning restaurant—all for only $65.
- Visiting during the day? Combine admission to the exhibition with lunch at our relaxed and family-friendly caféAGO for only $30.
- Best deal? Become an AGO member and see the exhibition as often as you like, for free!
Bring your friends
Groups of 10 or more enjoy discounted pricing, exclusive art talks, dining offers and more. For information, email email@example.com or call 416 979 6626.
6. See more spectacular art
While you’re at the AGO, check out the rest of the Gallery — it’s included in your ticket! Don’t miss the photography of rock icon Patti Smith (until May 19), the immersive, multimedia artwork of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller (opens April 6) or the small-scale, imaginary landscapes of Kim Adams—one of Canada’s leading contemporary sculptors at the AGO until August 11. Or enjoy our spectacular collections! From the extensive Group of Seven collection and our European galleries to the cutting-edge works in the contemporary tower, there’s something for everyone at the AGO.
7. Bring some inspiration home
Be sure to visit our spectacular shopAGO or the exhibition satellite shop, where you’ll find a fine selection of books, unique gifts and a special collection of Italian home and garden products. Please note that our main store opens 90 minutes after the Gallery opens.
Bring the kids and check out shopAGOkids—our new kid-friendly space on the Concourse Level, next to caféAGO. You’ll find art-inspired and design-savvy toys and products for children up to age 12.
New this spring! Living with Design at shopAGO
Visit shopAGO’s new Living with Design department for the best in contemporary design—stylish yet practical!
8. Stay fuelled
Looking at mind-blowing art can be hungry work. Luckily, the AGO offers plenty of options to fuel your visit. Join us at FRANK for the rustic flavours of cucina Italiana in a series of memorable prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, as well as our locally and seasonally inspired menu. Reservations are recommended. Unwind with a glass of wine or specialty coffee, gelato or Italian soda in our Espresso Bar in the light-filled Galleria Italia, all while enjoying a breathtaking view of Toronto framed by stunning architecture.
9. Visit again for free
Become an AGO member today and visit as many times as you like for free! Enjoy exclusive members-only benefits, including free admission for a full year and tons of discounts.
Already purchased your ticket?
Stop by the Membership Desk and apply the price of today’s admission(s) toward an AGO membership. Memberships start as low as $100.
10. Getting here
For a complete list of nearby parking locations, visit ago.net/location.
Better yet, take public transit or bike! The AGO is on the TTC’s Dundas Street streetcar route or two blocks west of the St. Patrick subway station. You can also take GO Transit to Union Station, then catch the subway north to St. Patrick station. Check ttc.ca or gotransit.com for specific routes from your location.
Accessible AGO: If you need a wheelchair, large-print information or other special assistance, the AGO is ready to help you have a great visiting experience. Visit ago.net/accessible-ago for more information.