Art Gallery of Ontario
Located in the Grange Park district of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario, or AGO to locals, is made up of more than 68,000 pieces of work spanning the 1st century through modern times. Among the collection, the museum houses the world's largest collection of Canadian art, which depicts the development of Canada's heritage from pre-Confederation to the present. In fact, Canadian artists make up more than half of the museum's exhibits.
In addition to Canadian artists, art aficionados will be drawn to an impressive collection of European art, including the largest collection of Renaissance and Medieval decorative arts outside of Europe or the United States. Distinguished artists' work includes Peter Paul Rubens, Frans Hals, Vincent Van Gough, Pablo Picasso and numerous others.
This Toronto museum also has one of the most significant collections of African art in North America, as well as a contemporary art collection illustrating the evolution of modern artistic movements in Canada, the United States, and Europe, including works by Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and Jenny Holzer.
Royal Ontario Musuem
Founded in 1912, the Royal Ontario Museum focuses on world culture and natural history. Containing more than six million items and forty galleries, the museum has notable collections of dinosaurs, Near Eastern and African art, East Asian art, European history, and Canadian history. This Toronto museum also houses the world's largest collection of fossils from the Burgess Shale with more than 150,000 specimens
There are now two main categories of galleries present in the ROM: the Natural History Galleries and the World Culture Galleries.
- The Natural History Galleries contain collections and samples of various animals from around the world.
- The A.G. Leventis Foundation Gallery of Ancient Cyprushouses roughly 300 artifacts, ranging in age from 2200-30 BC.