What You'll Get
Art is in the eye of the beholder, whereas swollen retinas are in the eye of the bee holder. Get soul-stung by provocative and powerful art with today's Groupon: you get one all-day admission to the Art Gallery of Ontario. Purchase one of the following Groupons:
- $9 for adult admission (a $19.50 value)
- $8 for senior (age 65+) admission (a $16 value)
- $5 for youth (age 6–17) admission (an $11 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 all-day admission to the esteemed gallery, and you can peruse through the halls, gazing at the collections or getting lost in your favourite room. Treat tired eyes to an hour of contemporary, post-1950s art, or seek solace in the European galleries when your road trip to France falls through for unforeseen logistical reasons.
Surrounding yourself with the arts is an ideal way to make up for the cultural education your studies at Suits University lacked. So spend a day among the great visual treats of the gallery's many rooms, or gift this Groupon to a pauper painter for an inspiring afternoon. While this deal excludes special exhibitions, you may upgrade your ticket upon arrival if you choose.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 9, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. No cash back. Not valid with other offers or toward special exhibitions. 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.