AGO invites Ontario to reconnect with art for free this weekend

First Wednesday Night Free launches Wednesday, May 1; Museum to offer free admission weekend of May 4 & May 5; New special exhibition Making Her Mark: A History of Women Artists in Europe, 1400-1800, goes on view revealing hidden histories through art, craft and scent

TORONTO — The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is reopening and to give all Ontarians as many opportunities as possible to reconnect with their favourite artworks, the AGO is opening its doors for free this weekend.

Today, the AGO will release a limited number of free General Admission tickets on for First Wednesday Night Free, a new monthly open door event launching May 1.  These tickets provide free admission between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. For more information, visit

In addition, admission to the entire museum will be free on Saturday, May 4, 2024, and Sunday, May 5, 2024, from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.  Included during this free admission weekend is the new special exhibition Making Her Mark: A History of Women Artists in Europe, 1400-1800. For more information and to book free tickets, visit  

What’s On
Exhibitions opening this spring include:

For more details about these and other ongoing exhibitions, including KAWS: FAMILY and Painted Presence: Rembrandt and His Peers, visit

One of Toronto's most affordable cultural attractions, admission is free for all Ontario residents under 25, AGO Members and $40 AGO Annual Pass holders. Single tickets are $30. Memberships, Annual Passes, and single tickets are available at Admission is always free for Indigenous peoples.

ShopAGO’s on-site store will reopen to the public on Tuesday, April 30. Online shopping at resumes same day.

AGO Bistro will reopen for lunch and dinner service on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. For hours and menus, visit The Espresso Bar in the Tanenbaum Sculpture Atrium will reopen Tuesday, April 30, 2024, followed by the Norma Ridley Members’ Lounge on Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

Spring programs, courses, and performances
From yoga to artist talks, performances, and studio courses, the AGO is Toronto’s place for creative connection this spring.  The Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre reopens on Saturday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m. for children aged 6 and under. Registration for Spring studio courses continues and Summer course registration will begin in mid-May at AGO Members and Annual Pass holders receive discounts on courses and programs. For updated events and programs visit   

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First Wednesday Night Free

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Generously supported by
The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation

Located in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest art museums in North America, attracting approximately one million visitors annually. The AGO Collection of more than 120,000 works of art ranges from cutting-edge contemporary art to significant works by Indigenous and Canadian artists to European masterpieces. The AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs, including solo exhibitions and acquisitions by diverse and underrepresented artists from around the world. The AGO is embarking on the seventh expansion it has undertaken since the museum was founded in 1900. When completed, the Dani Reiss Modern and Contemporary Gallery will increase exhibition space for the museum’s growing modern and contemporary collection. With its groundbreaking Annual Pass program, the AGO is one of the most affordable and accessible attractions in the GTA. Visit to learn more.

The AGO is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts, and generous contributions from AGO Members, donors, and private-sector partners.


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