Art Gallery of Ontario
It has eight permanent collections: African & Oceanic, Canadian, Contemporary, European, Multimedia, Photography, Prints & Drawings and the Thomson Collection (which includes Rubens’ The Massacre of the Innocents). One of its jewels is the Henry Moore sculpture centre – the biggest public gathering of the British sculptor’s work. The gallery first opened in 1913 in The Grange, a bequeathed Georgian manor house.
In 2004, after eight decades of expansions, Canadian architect Frank Gehry was appointed to unify the space. The transformed gallery opened in 2008, with a resplendent bulbous glass-and-wood façade, a covered spiral staircase and a new south wing with a blue-glass titanium exterior (The Grange manor house is still a wing). There’s free admission to the permanent collection on Wednesday evenings 6-8.30pm, otherwise adult general admission is $19.50.