Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters at the AGO

Gallery goes big with late-night horror screenings; special edition First Thursdays; a marquee series of talks including R.L. Stine; a family Halloween bash and much more!

Guillermo del Toro's Bleak House

The AGO has a monster line-up of programming for Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is presenting an exciting line-up of programs to accompany the hotly anticipated exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, running now until January 7, 2018. Late-night horror screenings, talks, special menus and a wide array of art courses and workshops celebrate the only Canadian stop on the exhibition’s tour.

Organized by the AGO in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters offers a rare glimpse into the creative process of the famed filmmaker, revealing his influences from the Medieval era to contemporary culture and paying particular attention to his fascination with horror, sci-fi and the Victorian era.

Timed-entry tickets for Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters are currently on sale to the public. They are $16.50 for post-secondary students and youth ages 17 and under, $21.50 for seniors and $25 for adults. Tickets will be available online at, in person and by phone. Admission is free for AGO Members and for children five and under.

There’s something for everyone in this monster line-up to extend the exhibition experience with a favourite activity, whether it’s dining, socializing, artmaking or simply being a fan. Events include talks, screenings, AGO First Thursdays, Courses and workshops, Family Programming, AGO Bistro features, shopAGO offers and more!

Family Programming includes:

Halloween Family Monster Bash
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 1 - 4pm
Weston Family Learning Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario
Calling all monsters to join in a Guillermo del Toro-inspired Halloween party for kids of all ages! Wear your Halloween costume to the AGO and take part in a gallery-wide celebration of del Toro’s favourite holiday. Join the dance party hosted by Space Chums and Miss Fluffy Soufle! Dig your claws into slime art making activities, take a tour of the AGO led by monsters, and go see My Friend is a Monster, a screening program of monstrous short films for very young audiences. Plus, there’s a candy bar. Get into the Halloween spirit and join us for a hauntingly good time! Free with AGO admission. More info

Family Sundays in November will also be themed for the Exhibition:

Family Sundays, November: Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Sundays, November 5 - 26, 2017, 1 - 4 pm
Weston Family Learning Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario
Family Sundays are back in November. The AGO’s weekly celebration of art for all ages launches with a program inspired by the exhibtion Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, taking inspiration from del Toro’s love of collecting. Roll up your sleeves and bare your monster claws to paint sticks and rocks, and then make objects from scratch to create a collaborative cabinet of curiosities that will accumulate throughout the month. Free with AGO admission. More info

For more information on the Exhibition, visit

Portrait of Guillermo del Toro at Bleak House
Photos courtesy of AGO
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