The AGO is About to Make it Much Easier (Free) to Access Art

Everyone should be able to access art.

That’s why the Art Gallery of Ontario is making it easier than ever to immerse yourself in everything this wonderful institution has on offer.

Starting May 25th, visitors 25 and under are free – all year, anytime. The AGO is also rolling out an annual pass that grants access to the AGO Collection and all special exhibitions for only $35. And yes, that includes the permanent Infinity Mirror room, which was last year’s Most Instagrammed Thing Ever.

Considering the regular adult admission price is $19.50, these are two steals of a deal.

“Art is essential, and we’re making it easier for everyone to make it a part of their everyday lives,” says Michael and Sonja Koerner Director and CEO Stephan Jost.

Advance sales of the $35 AGO Annual Pass begin on May 9 at 10:30 a.m. at, in person at the AGO, and by phone at (416) 979-6648. Annual Pass holders will receive a digital card for smartphones so that they don’t have to wait in line for tickets; they simply present their digital pass to be scanned upon arrival.

Despite yesterday’s news that Doug Ford’s regime is cutting tourism funding for the city, there seems to be support from the government for the AGO’s new accessibility initiative.

“Ontario’s government is pleased to support our arts sector to ensure it continues to grow,” says Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “The AGO is an important part of the province’s cultural landscape, and our government is extremely supportive of the Gallery’s new admission model. This initiative will improve access for our youth and families and lead to an even stronger cultural tourism industry for Ontario.”