These are two key questions that can help shape your visit. Here at the AGA we know not everyone feels totally comfortable at a gallery – especially if it’s your first time - but we want to say loud and clear that no matter how you react to the art, you, your opinions, thoughts and gut feelings are welcome here!
Whether an artwork has you saying “Definitely! Yes.”, “Really?!” “No Way!” or anything in between, it’s all good.
We invite you to roam, react and repeat: with seven galleries that change a number of times over the year, there’s always something new to experience at the AGA.
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Whether it’s your first visit or you twentieth, we’ve put together a little visitor guide of Frequently Asked Questions to help you plan your next trip to the AGA:
How long does it take to visit?
It’s up to you and depends on what kind of pace you take. If you come on your lunch break and only have an hour, if you keep moving, you should be able to get a peek at most of the exhibitions. If you prefer a leisurely approach and want to see every single thing, read each plaque or chat with the Gallery Attendants, you might want to give yourself a bit more time. If you decide to make a day of it, you can bring your own snacks to eat in the spaces outside of the exhibitions or you can grab a bite at the Terrace Cafe or ZINC.
Do I have to dress up?
No! Sometimes we have events like Refinery where costumes are encouraged, or more formal fundraisers like Art on the Block, but generally when you come to the gallery, there’s no need to dress a certain way - just wear what’s comfortable to you and keep in mind that you might be on your feet for a while as you wander from exhibition to exhibition.
What’s it like for kids at the AGA?
We love when kids come to the AGA. Strollers are welcome in exhibition spaces and we are a breastfeeding-friendly facility. We have lots of programming for children that you can find out about in Education & Programs. Or if you just want something to do during a regular visit, The BMO World of Creativity is an interactive, hands-on exhibition space with activities for children and their grown-ups.
Are there any rules I should know about?
There are a few simple rules to keep in mind to help keep the artwork safe and ensure everyone can enjoy their visit.
- Artworks are fragile, so please do not touch them.
- Check in large items.
Backpacks, umbrellas, musical instruments and other large items are not permitted in exhibition spaces. Coin operated lockers are available in the coat check room on the main level.
- Silence cell phones.
Don’t forget to set phones to silent or vibrate mode while in the exhibition spaces. If you do need to take a call, please step outside of the exhibition space, so that you don’t interrupt the other visitors.
- Keep food and drink outside the exhibition spaces
You are welcome to bring along a snack for your trip, but please do not bring food and/or drink into exhibition spaces.
- Take flash-free photos
Unless otherwise stated, you are welcome to take photographs in exhibition spaces for personal use. In fact, it’d be great if you could share your visit on social media! Just keep those selfie sticks, tripods and flashes out of the exhibition spaces.
What’s accessibility like at the AGA?
The AGA is wheelchair-accessible
Use lobby elevators to access the lower level L1, ground, 2nd and 3rd levels.
Use the entrance elevator to access ground, L1 and L2 (LRT).
Please request a complimentary wheelchair from Guest Services if you would like one.
Doors to the exhibition spaces remain closed to help maintain ambient temperature and humidity and are heavy. Please ask a gallery attendant if you need help.
If you are outside the building and need assistance accessing the building, please contact Guest Services by calling 780–GALLERY (780.425.5379).
Aides accompanying someone with disabilities receive complimentary admission.