A restored historic building in the heart of Toronto, the Grange is one of the oldest buildings in the city, and today is part of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Visitors can enjoy views of the red brick facade while strolling in Grange Park, or head inside to peek at the interior, which is home to the Norma Ridley lounge.
Situated in the lush, 4.9-acre (2-hectare) Grange Park, is part of the National Historic Sites Alliance for Ontario, and one of the oldest buildings in the city. Travelers typically pair a stop at this early 19th building with a visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). The inside of the Grange, which houses the Norma Ridley Members Lounge, is only open to AGO members, but fortunately, an annual membership only costs slightly more than a single-day admission.
Things to Know Before You Go
History enthusiasts shouldn't miss the Grange, and architecture fans will appreciate the building's exterior detailing, dating from 1817.
The Grange's Norma Ridley Members’ Lounge houses more pieces of art and offers refreshments and light fare.
Guests aged 25 and under enter the AGO for free.
The AGO and Grange Park are wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The most convenient way to reach the centrally-located Grange is on public transit. If you're taking the metro, hop on the Yonge-University-Spadina metro line, and get out at the St. Patrick stop. You can also take the 505 Dundas streetcar to McCaul Street, or the 510 Spadina streetcar to Dundas Street. The Grange is just a short walk from either of these transit stops.
When to Get There
The Grange is open to visitors (who purchase an annual AGO membership) Tuesday through Sunday. For the best value, visit the AGO on Wednesday nights and enjoy extended hours at the Grange.
How to Visit the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Art lovers shouldn't miss the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), which showcases a collection of more than 95,000 works of art ranging from paintings by European masters to contemporary sculpture. The museum is open seven days a week, frequently hosts special events, and offers free admission on Wednesday evenings. To learn more about the art, join an On the Dot art talk, which is free with admission.
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