There are many Canadian art museums in the Toronto area. You can visit larger galleries such as the Art Gallery of Ontario or the Royal Ontario Museum or visit one of the many private galleries.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is North America’s 10th largest museum, holding over 40,000 works. There are seven main collection areas in the museum. The African and Oceanic area contains more than 1,000 Australian Aboriginal artworks (the largest collection in Canada) dating from prehistoric times to the mid 1900s as well as one of the most prestigious collections of African art in Canada. The Canadian collection features art from the earliest forms to 1985 and includes a vast Inuit collection showing the development and history of art in Canada. The European Collection features artwork from renowned artists such as Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Rembrandt. This collection also includes the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre. In the Modern and Contemporary Collections, you will find artists such as Pablo Picasso, Hans Hoffman, Brian Jungen, and Thomas Struth. The Thomson Collection includes pieces from the Renaissance, Medieval art, Baroque works, and antiquities from Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, Japan, and Asia. The AGO also has a vast collection of photographs, drawings, and prints. Before going, check out their current exhibitions.
Another of the Canadian art museums in Toronto is the Royal Ontario Museum. The ROM is Canada’s largest field research institution as well as having over six million objects including collections of world culture and natural history. The collections include: Fossils, Invertebrates, Plants, and Traces; a chinese puppet theater; Egyptian Book-of-the Dead; miniature revolvers; and totem poles among many others. You can look through ROMs collection of images to see a sampling of the items in their collections. Also make sure to look through their programs to see if there is something that fits your desires.
The Power Plant is a contemporary art gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. It is recognized as Canada’s leading public art gallery. They offer many programs and events for all ages. The exhibitions at the Power Plant change frequently, so it is best to look at what is being shown during your trip to Toronto.
If you are looking for more of an outdoor trip that incorporates art, look no further than Yorkville and the Distillery District. These two outdoor Canadian art museums are not the typical museum. Yorkville features quaint architecture and elite shopping and dining (a great change from the hippie district it once was in the 1960s and 1970s). It also provides a plush atmosphere for your hotel stay while in Toronto. The Distillery District features brick lined streets and restored Victorian buildings.