The 5 most comprehensive art galleries that are not the AGO in Toronto
1) Art Museum
The art museum comprises two buildings located side by side: the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre. The large venue hosts an array of exhibitions as well as events. The Hart House has established a very extensive collection of Canadian art, representing a wide range of artists.
2) Bau-Xi Gallery
Bau-Xi is a small and intimate, commercially run gallery. It’s across the street from the AGO. They represent a mix of contemporary artists, many of whom are based in Toronto. The staff are friendly and happy to answer any questions you may have about the current exhibit.
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3) Cooper Cole
Cooper Cole is a small independent gallery. It’s intimate and very exclusive. They are not always open, so it’s best to call ahead and make an appointment to visit. One of the advantages is that you’ll get a lot of attention as you stroll through this high-end art space.
4) The Power Plant
The Power Plant is a large public gallery in the centre of the Harbourfront neighbourhood. It’s easy to visit some of the other venues located nearby as well. There’s always something really interesting happening here. They have a good schedule of events that will appeal to all sorts of people. Admission is free.
5) McMichael Gallery
You’ll need to head out of town to visit, so make it a day trip. The gallery has an extensive collection of Canadian painters, including the very famous Group of Seven. Visit earlier in the morning or after 2 pm as the gallery can be full of school groups at midday.
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