Protecting the Art
Please do not touch the artwork. Keep a safe distance of 1m (39 in.) between you and the works of art. Please do not run in the Gallery.
Bags & Knapsacks
Visitors may carry one bag plus a personal item, such as a purse or diaper bag. The combined size of these bags cannot exceed 45 x 40 x 15 cm (18 x 16 x 6 in.). Bags cannot be carried on your back. Bags, knapsacks, briefcases and parcels larger than 45 x 40 x 15 cm (18 x 16 x 6 in.) are not permitted in the galleries. All umbrellas longer than 45 cm (18 in.) must be left at coat check. Complimentary service is provided for all prohibited items.
Food and Drink
Food and drink are not permitted in the Galleries. Sealed water bottles and baby bottles are allowed into gallery spaces but must be consumed in non-art spaces.
The AGH allows photography for personal use only, except where indicated. The use of selfie sticks, tripods and monopods within the exhibition space is prohibited. We ask that you respect the rights of artists and their representatives under Canadian copyright law. For more information, review information on Canadian copyright law.
Please turn your cell phone to the vibrate setting and be respectful of other visitors when using your cell phone. We ask you to step out of the exhibition galleries if you must use your phone.
Sketching & Note-Taking
Sketching and note-taking is permitted in the Gallery except where indicated. Sketchpads and notebooks must be 35 x 25 cm (14 x 10 in.) or smaller. Please use pencil only (no pens or charcoal).
Strollers are welcome in gallery spaces, except for double-wide or sport strollers. Or you may leave your stroller in our coat room. Children’s wagons or buggies that are pulled behind the visitor are not permitted in Gallery spaces.
Bikes, helmets, skateboards, skate shoes, rollerblades and scooters are not permitted. Where possible, these items can be stored in the lockers outside the Library on the Concourse level.
For the protection of visitors, staff and works of art, the Gallery is monitored by video surveillance.
Accessibility: Exceptions for Prohibited Items
Visitors to the AGH are now allowed to carry certain prohibited items into the galleries for specific medical conditions in accordance with our Accessibility Policy. These items may include water bottles, oversize bags with medical supplies, liquid medicines or other items.
The Visitors Services staff at the front desk will approve visitors requests and will affix a visible sticker AGH to the prohibited item(s) so that other staff throughout the Gallery will know permission has been given.
From the Contemporary Art Collection
Karel Appel (Dutch 1920-2006)
acrylic on wood, Gift of the artist, 1976
© Karel Appel Foundation / SODRAC (2016)