Art Gallery of Ontario

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Type of entity

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Authorized form of name

Art Gallery of Ontario

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  • Musée des beaux-arts de l'Ontario

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Other form(s) of name

  • AGO, Art Museum of Toronto (1900-1919), Art Gallery of Toronto (1919-1966)

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The Gallery was first incorporated in July 1900 as the Art Museum of Toronto. The name was changed to the Art Gallery of Toronto by a statute law amendment act, assented to 24 April 1919. It was thought that the word “Museum” conflicted with the Royal Ontario Museum which was founded in 1912. The current name of the Gallery took effect July 8, 1966 when The Art Gallery of Ontario Act, 1966 received royal assent. The name change was designed to acknowledge the rapidly growing role the Gallery played across the province.


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