The AGO’s collection of African and Oceanic art is the largest of its kind in a Canadian art museum.
The AGO has an outstanding collection of historical Canadian art, with a particular emphasis on the art of Toronto and Ontario.
The AGO’s Old Master Collection is comprised of three pillars of strength: Dutch painting from the 1600s, Italian painting and sculpture from the 1600s, and French Salon and Impressionist painting from the 1800s.
The Contemporary collection at the AGO offers visitors a comprehensive experience of American and European art since 1900, American art since 1945, and Canadian art since 1985.
The collection spans the history of the medium from the 1840s to the present day, and now includes more than 40,000 works.
The AGO’s Prints and Drawings Collection spans the entire history of works on paper in the West from the 1400s to the present day, and intersects with all the other collecting areas.
The works in this collecting area have traditionally represented a survey of European art from the Italian Renaissance to the mid-1900s.
Collections In Focus
The Malcolmson Collection spans the history of photography from the 1840s, and includes representative photographs from each of the significant periods and styles of the history of the medium.
Through videos, follow the career of David Milne as a painter and woodsman across Ontario.
Explore selected works from the AGO Collection at googleartproject.com
Access information about library and archives services and collections
This state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to the study of prints, drawings and photographs, and houses a collection of over 15,000 works
Find out about the sale or loan of photographic materials of the AGO's collection, exhibitions and Gallery events
Conservation is the care and protection of cultural objects. As the caretakers of collections, conservators examine, research, clean and repair artworks, while also taking action to prevent future deterioration.
Learn more about this national historic site, built in 1817, given to the Art Museum of Toronto in 1911, and now restored to the 1835-40 period
The provenance of works in the AGO collection, pertaining to the ownership history of European painting and sculpture during the 1933–45 period.
As museums and public galleries carry out their missions, they seek to refine and elevate the quality and relevance of their collections. The Art Gallery of Ontario cares for its collections according to the highest standards. Its resources should only be devoted to works of art that serve its mission and are worthy of such care. This occasionally demands that works be judiciously and carefully deaccessioned from the collections.