What You'll Get
Feast your eyes on fine art with today's side deal: for $65, you get a year-long family/dual membership at the Art Gallery of Ontario (a $130 value).
The expansive, 583,000-square-foot facility has been bringing the best art to local art-gazers since 1900 in a building recently modernized with newly constructed Frank Gehry flair. The eclectic collection boasts more than 79,000 works, with everything from Canadian masters to the work of renowned European artists such as Cézanne, van Gogh, and Picasso, alongside a collection of more than 40,000 photographs and visiting exhibitions. Your Groupon is good for a family/dual membership, which gains you, your mate, and up to five of your under-17 spawn free, unlimited admission to the gallery and most special exhibitions for one year. Additionally, members get invitations to exhibition previews and special members-only events, discounts at the gallery's restaurant, café, and shop, and a subscription to Art Matters, the AGO membership magazine. You can find details on additional perks here.
This deal is valid for new members only.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 9, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Must activate by 12/9/10. Membership good for 1 year after activation. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. New members only. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Art Gallery of Ontario
Art Gallery of Ontario may house a collection of more than 80,000 works created between 100 AD and the present, but the building isn't just a 583,000-square-foot space to display art. It's a work of art itself. Renowned, Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry designed the museum's revamped and expanded look, which blends a modern aesthetic with the building's original stately façade. Memorable architectural elements include a spiral staircase, as well as the Galleria Italia, which runs the length of an entire city block The contrast between the warm Douglas-fir accents and the massive glass windows complements the museum's overall mission to expose the public to both classical and contemporary art.
Such art includes an ever-changing assortment of special exhibitions, as well as the thousands of noteworthy pieces showcased in its permanent collections. The Canadian galleries emphasize artistic creations from Toronto and Ontario in particular. One of the crown jewels of the collection is its immense assortment of contemporary Inuit art, including Manasie Akpaliapik's sculpture made of materials such as whalebone, horns, and baleen. Looking beyond Canadian borders, the gallery also proudly displays exhibits ranging from 19th-century French impressionism and 17th-century Italian paintings to traditional African sculptures and prehistoric Australian Aboriginal artifacts.