What You'll Get
Art represents the triumph over chaos, just as pulled-pork donuts represent the triumph over dignity. Expand your tastes with today's Groupon: for $65, you get a year-long Family/Dual Membership at the Art Gallery of Ontario (a $130 value), located on Dundas Street. The Family/Dual Membership covers two adults and up to five children.
Art Gallery of Ontario's expansive, 583,000-square-foot facility delivers 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 such as Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts, open through April 3. The Family/Dual Membership 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. Memberships also bequeath favourites with exclusive access to the Norma Ridley Members' Lounge, where patrons may sip beverages while snacking on café fare and discussing the perks of the latest steam-powered computer technology.
This deal is valid only for new members or those who have been a lapsed member for one year.
Frommer's highly recommends Art Gallery of Ontario. Google Mappers and 40 Yelpers give the gallery a 4.5-star average. TripAdvisors give it an average of 3.5 owl eyes, and OurFaves users give it a four-star average.
- Its Canadian collection has been the strongest. The paintings by the Group of Seven -- which includes Tom Thomson, F. H. Varley, and Lawren Harris -- are extraordinary. In addition, other galleries show the genesis of Canadian art from earlier to more modern artists. And don't miss the extensive collection of Inuit art. – Frommer's
- Yes, there are beautiful galleries of old and new art plus quiet space, but also plenty of interactive exhibits, modern works and gorgeous architecture. – LisaBorden, OurFaves
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 15, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Must activate membership online by 4/15/11, membership expires 1 year from activation date. Valid only for new members or those who have been a lapsed member for more than 1 year. 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.