Toronto's Art Scene: A Guided Tour of the City's Best Art Museums and Galleries
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Toronto's Art Scene: A Guided Tour of the City's Best Art Museums and Galleries


Toronto is a city rich in culture, diversity, and creativity. Its art scene is thriving, with numerous museums and galleries showcasing some of the world's most inspiring artwork. From contemporary to classic, Toronto's art scene has something for everyone. Toronto is a city that embraces culture and creativity, with a vibrant art scene that attracts visitors worldwide. From museums to galleries, public art installations to street art, the city's art scene is as diverse and eclectic as its population. In this blog post, we'll take you on a tour of Toronto's sightseeing and its best art museums and galleries, while exploring the incredible range of artwork on display in the city. Whether you're a long-time art lover or just starting to explore the world of art, Toronto has something to offer everyone. We'll showcase some of the city's most notable institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and more. We'll also highlight some of the lesser-known gems of Toronto's art scene, such as the Gardiner Museum and the Textile Museum of Canada. Discover Toronto with a digital self-guided tour from Vox City. Explore the streets of this cosmopolitan city at your own pace on 2 different routes. On this tour, you can explore Toronto with 2 self-guided Toronto walking tours with an audio commentary included. This tour takes you through Toronto’s most popular sights on a mobile app tour. Through this Toronto self-guided tour, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for Toronto's rich cultural landscape and the incredible artists who call this city home. If you want a Toronto guided tour with an expert guide showing you the inside scoop on everything in Toronto from its thrilling theatre scene to its art, shopping, gastronomy scene, and more, then the Downtown and City Highlights guided Walking Tour is the perfect choice for you.  Let us introduce you to Toronto with our Downtown and Waterfront guided tour, where you will discover some of its most character-defining spots.

So let's dive in and explore the best of Toronto's art scene together.  Below are some of the city’s best museums and galleries:






Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

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The Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the most well-known art museums in Toronto. It houses a vast collection of art from Canada and around the world, including works by Canadian artists like Emily Carr, Tom Thomson, and the Group of Seven. The museum's collection spans centuries and includes paintings, sculptures, photography, and contemporary art. The AGO also features temporary exhibitions and interactive installations, making it an excellent destination for all ages.


Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

The Royal Ontario Museum is not only one of the largest museums in Canada but also one of the most diverse. The museum features exhibits on natural history, world cultures, and art. Its collection of European decorative arts is particularly impressive, with objects ranging from the medieval period to the 20th century. The ROM also features contemporary art exhibits, including the popular Institute for Contemporary Culture.

With a Royal Ontario Museum Entry Ticket from Vox City, you can enjoy general admission to ROM and discover over 13 MILLION objects, as you explore dinosaurs, mummies, art, precious jewels and so much more!

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

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The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is a contemporary art museum located on Toronto's waterfront. The museum is dedicated to showcasing innovative and cutting-edge artwork from around the world. The Power Plant features a rotating schedule of exhibits, performances, and talks that are sure to inspire and challenge visitors.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

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The Museum of Contemporary Art is a relatively new addition to Toronto's art scene, having opened in 2018. The museum is located in the city's Junction Triangle neighborhood and features exhibitions by emerging and established artists. The MOCA is committed to fostering artistic experimentation and promoting diverse perspectives. It's a must-visit destination for anyone interested in contemporary art.

Art Museum at the University of Toronto

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The Art Museum at the University of Toronto is another great destination for art enthusiasts. The museum features a vast collection of artwork from around the world, with an emphasis on Canadian and Indigenous art. Its exhibits cover a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, video, and installation art. The museum is also known for its extensive research and educational programs.


Aga Khan Museum

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The Aga Khan Museum is a unique institution dedicated to promoting Islamic art and culture. The museum's collection includes artifacts from the Muslim world, including calligraphy, ceramics, and textiles. The Aga Khan Museum also features contemporary art exhibitions, musical performances, and educational programs that highlight the diversity and richness of Muslim cultures.

Gardiner Museum

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The Gardiner Museum is Canada's only museum dedicated to ceramics. The museum features a vast collection of ceramics from around the world, ranging from ancient pottery to contemporary art. The Gardiner Museum also hosts exhibitions, talks, and workshops that explore the many facets of ceramics as an art form.

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