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Need the perfect Valentine’s Day gift?

February 7th, 2017

The AGO has you covered with a week full of romantic ideas.

What better place than an art gallery to fall in love? Even our architecture is designed with romance in mind. Frank Gehry purposefully made the famous spiral staircase to be more narrow in certain points to draw people closer.

Do something different this Valentine’s Day and come to the AGO for a date they’ll never forget – whether it be on a first date or a 50th anniversary celebration. One day isn’t enough: we’re celebrating all week from February 10–17*.

Not feeling romantic? We’re here for you. How about an afternoon or evening out to bask in the company of your closest pal-entines?

Here are all the things Cupid has cooked up for you at the AGO:

Gallery Tours
Let our Gallery Guides take you on a romantic journey via one of our Highlight Tours or 10-minute “On the Dot” pop-up art talks. They’ll be making stops at specially selected works of art inspired by love. For more information about our tours and talks or for scheduling visit us here.

Afternoon Tea at the Grange – Member Exclusive!
AGO Members can treat themselves and loved ones to an exclusive bespoke high tea, complete with custom tea blends alongside sweets and savories created by our AGO chefs. For a full schedule and to make reservations visit us here. Not a Member yet? Join today.

Dine at FRANK
What’s happier than happy hour? From February 14 through 17, 4–7 pm daily, you can enjoy a special Valentine’s week Cinq-à-Sept menu. Enjoy shareable dishes including East Coast oysters, lamb chops and baked brie. There will be special pricing on sparkling wine and an assortment of limited-time food items available only for Valentine’s week. Reserve a table today! AGO Members always enjoy a 10% discount, excluding alcohol.

Public Art in the Subways
Members $30 | Public $45
How about a daytime date? This Valentine’s Day from 10 am–1 pm you and your love can start the day with a hot chocolate and a survey of public art in Toronto’s subway system. Bringing together 750 unique artworks on one Toronto map currently displayed in our Community Gallery, participants will consider how public art over the past 50 years has transformed Toronto. Register here.

Valentines for a Cause
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the whole family on Sunday, February 12 from 1–4 pm in the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre. The AGO is partnering with the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) in conjunction with of Love Positive Women: Romance Starts at Home! (LPW). LPW creates a platform for individuals and communities to engage in public and private acts of love and caring for women living with HIV. Each family will have the opportunity to make cards that will be sent to women living with HIV globally.

Mindful Movement in the Galleries
What’s the perfect solo date? Practice some self-care starting on February 14 through March 7 from 2–3 pm by learning to slow down the body and mind. Be inspired by a selection of artworks in the galleries each week and respond to them with slow yoga movements and meditative techniques. This class will inform a new way of looking at art and centering within our unique gallery spaces. Register here.

Shop AGO
Leave the flowers and teddy bear at the drugstore. shopAGO has heartfelt Valentine’s cards, sweets and gifts for your loved one. You can have it all with the ultimate Valentine’s Day bundle. For $110 (that’s a 20% savings on the $139 regular value) the Valentine’s Experience Package includes two general admission tickets, a $50 gift card for shopAGO and a $50 voucher for FRANK restaurant. This offer is only available in person at shopAGO, which is a pre-admission area at the AGO (no ticket required!).

AGO Membership
Keep the love alive all year ’round! Become an AGO Member and get unlimited free admission to the AGO Collection and special exhibitions. Enjoy Gallery-wide discounts, complimentary coat check and so much more!

For a full list of events and programming for Valentine’s Day and week visit us at

*We are closed on Monday, February 13.

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