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AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario is the eighth largest art museum in North America. The Gallery’s collection comprises more than 36,000 works representing 1000 years of extraordinary art. The collection includes European Old Masters, Group of Seven, and Canadian and International contemporary works. The AGO also houses the world’s largest public collection of works by renowned British sculptor Henry Moore. The transformed AGO has been designed by Frank Gehry.


MOCCA - Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) was founded from the former Art Gallery of North York in 1999, and exists as a not-for-profit, arms-length agency of the City of Toronto. In 2005, MOCCA relocated to the West Queen West Art + Design District in downtown Toronto, in the heart of one of North America’s most dynamic arts communities. Our facility is modest in scale, impressive in design, and functions effectively as a nucleus of energies for cultural production and exchange.


Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montreal

The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal has the mission to promote and preserve contemporary Québec art as well as Canadian and international contemporary art, through exhibitions and numerous other cultural activities.


Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

Founded in 1860, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was one of the first museums in North America to amass an encyclopedic collection worthy of the name. Since then, its holdings have grown to almost 35,000 objects – paintings, sculptures, works on paper, prints and drawings, photographs and decorative art objects – from Antiquity to today.

Image: Jean-Noel Desmarais Pavilion © Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Christine Guest


Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

The Musée’s main purpose is to showcase the creativity of Québec artists from the 17th century to the present. To do so, the museum regularly make use of its collection of more than 27000 artworks and objects, which includes remarkable canvases, sculptures, drawings, engravings, decorative art and design articles, photographs, etc. The Musée is also the largest public holder of works by Jean-Paul Riopelle and Jean Paul Lemieux, two of Quebeckers’ favourite artists.


National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada is one of the world's most respected art institutions, renowned for its exceptional collections, revered for its scholarship, and applauded for its unique ability to engage audiences of all ages and all levels of artistic knowledge. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada is among the oldest of Canada's national cultural institutions. Its current status as a federal Crown Corporation dates from 1990, when the Museums Act was proclaimed.


Royal Ontario Museum

The collections and research are the basis of the Royal Ontario Museum’s international reputation. Numbering almost six million objects, the Museum’s diverse collections of world cultures and natural history make the ROM one of the largest museums in North America.


Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection of nearly 9,000 works of art represents the most comprehensive resource for visual culture in British Columbia. Established in 1931 with the founding of the Gallery, the collection grows by several hundred works every year. It is a principal repository of works produced in this region, as well as related works by other Canadian and international artists.


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