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Toronto’s Masterpieces: A Comprehensive List of the Best Art Galleries in the City

Toronto’s Masterpieces A Comprehensive List of the Best Art Galleries in the City

During one eventful day, we opened our emails, unaware of the surprise we were going to discover: dozens of suggestions asking for the best art galleries in Toronto. And of course, when you ask, we deliver!

After embarking on this quest to uncover the local art scene, we were able to discover 10 art galleries that captured our delight. With each one having its own specialty, visitors will certainly discover a whole new world in this comprehensive list!

1. Art Gallery of Ontario


Address: 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-979-6648

Operating hours:

  • Monday – closed
  • Tuesday and Thursday – 10:30 AM to 5 PM
  • Wednesday and Friday – 10:30 AM to 9 PM 
  • Saturday and Sunday – 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM 

Situated on the outskirts of downtown, the Art Gallery of Ontario is a majestic jewel captivating curious passersby with its marvelous architecture. 

Its enchanting allure extends beyond its doors, serving as a home to a wide range of art collections, boasting a great number of over 120,000 artworks. This includes works by up-and-coming Indigenous Canadian artists, renowned Baroque artist Peter Paul Ruben, and more. 

Aside from its eclectic collection, AGO also hosts thrilling and educational events, offering an interesting variety. Expect yoga sessions, live music performances, art workshops, and film screenings. 

For a detailed event calendar, refer to their website

2. Museum of Contemporary Art


Address: 158 Sterling Rd #100, Toronto, ON M6R 2B7, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-530-2500

Operating hours:

  • Monday and Tuesday – closed 
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday – 11 AM to 6 PM
  • Friday – 11 AM to 9 PM 

The Museum of Contemporary Art is tucked inside an unassuming building that echoes the city’s former industrial glory. This modest yet dazzling structure houses an exciting mix of mostly 21st-century art, making it a stage for inclusivity and diversity. 

A current favorite exhibit of ours is one by Liz Magor called The Separation – a fascinating sculptural display with a captivating narrative. 

Their exhibits change often, so you can expect something new and exciting every visit. 

3. Gallery Arcturus


Address: 80 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M5B 1G6, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-977-1077

Operating hours:

  • Sunday and Monday – closed
  • Tuesday to Saturday – 12 PM to 5:30 PM 

Gallery Arcturus is a mesmerizing little retreat from the ever-so-vibrant and funky Gerrard Street. 

Here, visitors are also presented with an array of local artworks, all of which are free to enjoy. They bring in new pieces every few weeks, so every visit guarantees an artful surprise!

Expect a diverse range of art mediums ranging from sculptures to collages. 

Notably, the owner is one passionate fellow. Make sure to strike up a conversation for exciting behind-the-scenes tidbits! 

4. Taglialatella Galleries


Address: 99 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C1, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-864-3850

Operating hours:

  • Sunday and Monday – closed
  • Tuesday to Saturday – 11 AM to 7 PM 

Taglialatella Galleries is an exciting hub focusing mainly on pop and urban art. Although, this isn’t to say that they don’t offer a colorful assortment of different genres!

In fact, any kind of art enthusiast will most likely enjoy this lovely spot in the distinguished neighborhood of Yorkville, especially people eager to discover up-and-coming Canadian artists and avid fans of renowned maestros like Keith Haring. 

They have three locations – New York, Paris, and of course, Toronto, with the latter emphasizing the buzzing local art scene. 

5. The Market Gallery

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Address: 95 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C2, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-392-7604

Operating hours:

  • Sunday to Tuesday – closed
  • Wednesday to Saturday – 11 AM to 5 PM 

Located in Toronto’s foodie haven, The Market Gallery is an interesting hidden addition to St. Lawrence Market. Expect a diverse collection of artworks focusing on the local history, transforming you into the fascinating world of nostalgia with photos, paintings, and the like. 

After munching on a delectable breakfast sandwich from Carousel Bakery, just head over to the 2nd floor to step back in time with the help of this gem. 

By the way, if you’re planning on going anytime soon, make sure to drop by after March 7 when they’ll reopen after a brief closure due to exhibit installation. 

6. Toronto Dominion Gallery of Inuit Art 

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Address: 79 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5K 1B1, Canada

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 8 AM to 6 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday – 10 AM to 4 PM 

Created by German-American architect Mies van der Rohe, the Toronto Dominion Gallery of Inuit Art is an iconic structure that exudes modernism. 

In juxtaposition to its facade, this stylish Wellington jewel houses artworks by contemporary Inuit artists, along with some historical artifacts. 

Expect a lot of different sculptures and other awe-inspiring features that make each visit an inspiring venture. 

Admissions to this art gallery is free of charge. 

7. Ryerson Image Centre 


Address: 33 Gould St, Toronto, ON M5B 1E9, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-979-5164

Operating hours:

  • Sunday to Tuesday – closed
  • Wednesday – 12 PM to 8 PM
  • Thursday to Saturday – 12 PM to 6 PM 

Operated by Toronto Metropolitan University, Ryerson Image Centre is a space where the world of photography and art meet. 

Their collection boasts around 400,000 pieces in this sphere, providing visitors with a diverse selection of inspiration in the form of visual feasts. 

Amidst its multitude of artistic offerings, don’t forget to appreciate the beautiful glass facade of this former brewery warehouse turned artistic hub. It gives the neighborhood an added vibrant allure with its colorful light installations for anyone to enjoy. 

8. The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery


Address: 231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-973-4949

Operating hours:

  • Monday and Tuesday – closed
  • Wednesday, Friday to Sunday – 11 AM to 6 PM 
  • Thursday – 11 AM to 8 PM 

Focusing solely on contemporary visual art, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is a must-visit destination for aficionados looking to indulge in a vibrant visual tapestry. 

They’re currently hosting three fascinating exhibitions, one of which particularly tugged our heartstrings. 

French artist Abdelkader Benchamma’s Archaeologies of Loss takes us on an exciting ride through monochromatic displays, depicting our connection to nature. 

It captured a sense of nostalgia for the ever-changing world, making us think about the evolving reality and who we are in the midst of it all. 

There are plenty more exhibits coming up in May, so be on the lookout for those! 

9. Canvas Gallery 


Address: 344 Westmoreland Ave N #104A, Toronto, ON M6H 3A7, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-532-5275

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 10 AM to 5 PM 
  • Sunday – 12 PM to 5 PM 

Canvas Gallery dominates the local scene by showcasing more than 90 Canadian artists working with different mediums like drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and more. 

It’s a perfect destination for those who are new to the world of art. With its unpretentious vibe, you won’t feel intimidated to ask their lovely staff members any questions about local art, opening conversations meant to educate and inspire. 

In case you want to adorn your space with an artistic touch, artworks from featured artists are easily available for purchase on their online store. In fact, their main goal is to connect artists to consumers, ensuring there’s an audience for the thriving art scene. 

10. Propeller Art Gallery


Address: 30 Abell St, Toronto, ON M6J 0A9, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-504-7142

Operating hours:

  • Monday and Tuesday – closed
  • Wednesday to Saturday – 1 PM to 5:30 PM 
  • Sunday – 12 PM to 4 PM

Propeller Art Gallery is an artist-run creative enclave – the last of its kind along the Art + Design district of Queen Street. 

Their upcoming exhibit is an exciting one, especially for those with a keen interest in the occult. 

Back to the Grimoire features works from different artists, highlighting this enigmatic world that not only delves deep into the supernatural but also explores its mystical essence that people invoke for self-expression.