Best Galleries and Museums in Ontario
If you want to enrichen yourself culturally, visiting some of the finest modern art museums and galleries in Toronto is a good idea. This city is the cultural capital of North America and offers a wide variety of places to see.
- Royal Ontario Museum or ROM. You shouldn’t even think about skipping this one. ROM is the largest museum of natural history and modern art in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Local dwellers regularly visit this establishment, but it also attracts over a million visitors annually. Many travel for thousands of miles to see exhibits showcased in ROM.
- Art Gallery of Ontario or AGO. Do you love paintings and art installations? Do you find it entertaining to walk along photo walls with soul-touching images? If your answer is “yes,” make sure to visit this gallery at least one in your life. It is the second most visited museum in Canada.
- Le Gallery. Real aesthetes who love sophisticated contemporary art will be amazed by the creativity of Canadian artists. Le Gallery regularly hosts up and coming names and participates in exhibits hosted by other establishments like ROM and AGO.
- Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada is one of the modern art museums helping Canadian artists make a name for themselves. Unlike Le Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art partners with businesses to provide more than just entertainment. Visit Forno Cultura, an elegant fast food joint serving artisan sandwiches and unique coffee blends.
Have fun during your stay in Ontario
While visiting museums and enjoying culture should be enough to fill most of your free time, having fun is also essential. Here are several places that you should visit:
- For a quiet breakfast visit Art Square Café and Creperie. You will try some of the finest crepes in Canada while enjoying paintings and photos showcased in the gallery. It’s not as fancy as modern art museums, but you will love featured works by small independent artists.
- For a couple of drinks visit Bar Isabel on the College street. Unique fancy drinks and impeccable service will make your evening genuinely memorable. It is one of the best artsy bars in Toronto.
- To have a nice dinner go to George Restaurant. Fancy dining and trained waiters will ensure that you don’t feel hungry. All dishes are designed for gourmets.
- Feel like dancing? Go to The Piston instead of a gallery. This night club hosts themed parties and regularly invites independent musicians. Food and drinks are also amazing.
- Feeling lucky? Woodbine Casino is the best destination. A respected gambling establishment offers a hefty casino bonus, roulette games, and fast food as well as minor entertainments. It is a great place to spend a couple of hours. It may not be the best casino in the world, but you can play a couple of blackjack games in comfort.
Tourists arriving in Toronto should be informed about gambling in general. Ontario does not prohibit gambling but regulates regular and online casinos. Canada casinos are exactly what you expect them to be: luxurious halls with various casino games and overly polite staffers. Most of the local casinos offer a wide variety of slots games and even entertainment programs with invited musicians and performers.
You won’t get a casino bonus like in an online casino, but you it won’t make your enjoyment less memorable!
Must visit tourist attractions in Toronto
If you have never been to this amazing Canadian city, you are in for a treat. Toronto is far less fancy than Paris, but it still has a lot to offer. Aside from modern art museums, you will be able to see:
- Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada allows its guests to interact with over 20 thousand different aquatic animals. It is a gigantic place with lots of interactive attractions and opportunities to make a photo right next to a white shark! It’s like a gallery of sea creatures!
- Hockey Hall of Fame is another excellent place to visit. It is a gallery with photos and exhibits related to one of the most popular games in the world. Canadian National Men’s Hockey Team won the IIHF championship 26 times! There is enough history to fill several halls of fame!
- Ontario Science Center. Canada is one of the leading countries in terms of scientific research. If you want to take a closer look at technological achievements made by this nation, visiting this center is strongly recommended.
Top street art spots in Toronto
While visiting modern art museums is incredible, you can also enjoy the fullest extent of artistic expression from local citizens by visiting several cool places in Toronto!
- Liberty Village. Carpet Factory. This fantastic piece of street art looks like a big carpet and makes the whole building look cozy!
- Liberty Village/West Queen West. Reclamation Wall. Several artists worked on this project to turn a brick wall into a collection of fantastic graffiti.
- Graffiti walls on Ossington Avenue and WQW. Many street art spots are situated on Ossington Avenue. If you like weird graffiti, you simply have to check out this improvised gallery!
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