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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

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Address: 1741 Hollis St., Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3C8, Canada
Phone Number: 902 424 7542
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Art museum focusing on provincial and Canadian artwork in various mediums.

Art museum focusing on provincial and Canadian artwork in various mediums.

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Good Exhibits on Nova Scotia Folk Art

A large and centrally-located museum, the AGNS is definitely worth a visit! The museum offers some great exhibits focused on Nova Scotian and Canadian art. I thought the Maud... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 30, 2015
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Halifax, Canada
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you go on Thursdays after 5pm it's free or by donation. The gallery also takes part in the yearly Nocturne: Art at Night festival in Halifax in October every year which also has free admittance. There are permanent art installations as well as constantly changing exhibits. This is a great place to Canadian artists' work. There is a really... More 

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Thank Tara L
Nova Scotia
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105 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia actually has two locations (Halifax and Yarmouth), this review is for Halifax. The AGNS hosts many fine Nova Scotian and Canadian pieces, but the highlight in Halifax is the Maud Lewis exhibit. Maud's house, which had been totally hand painted inside and out, is on display - they actually moved the entire (small home)... More 

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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Nice collection of thoughtful and provocative contemporary artwork Well worth taking the time to visit it.

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Thank Monique L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

A large and centrally-located museum, the AGNS is definitely worth a visit! The museum offers some great exhibits focused on Nova Scotian and Canadian art. I thought the Maud Lewis collection was particularly well-done. You can even see her original painted house, which is being preserved in the gallery. I enjoyed this part of the museum the most.

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Thank MLShay
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

The only time AGNS veers away from being an beautifully curated display is when it tries to be what it's not - a big city gallery of world famous artists. Generally, however, it works with what it has brilliantly and cleverly blurs the lines between art brut and professional artistry. Highlights include the preserved Painted House of Maud Lewis which... More 

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Alcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The gallery is split between two buildings connected by a tunnel. There are some interesting exhibits but it only exhibits art from Nova Scotia (which is fair enough) and there does not seem to be much. Consequently some seemed a bit weird although most modern art seems to me to be of the 'Emperor's New Clothes' variety.

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I found the gallery a little confusing to navigate and am not convinced I saw it all because of this but I still enjoyed my visit. I particularly enjoyed the Maud Lewis exhibit - utterly charming. I'm not a fan of contemporary art but there was some good stuff here and an interesting mix of this and classic exhibits.

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Odessa, Ukraine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I expected bit more from a visit to Art Gallery of Nova Scotia but do not regret coming in yet. Specifically I would love to see more painting done by local artists

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County Donegal, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

Really helpful staff on reception desk. Helpful floor plan. Not to large to bore less interested husband and very diverse collection. Lovely native art and a fabulous section devoted to Maud Lewis - what a special lady and what a lovely insight into her life and times. Congratulation on saving and restoring her wee treasure of a house.

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Dublin, Ireland
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I came across the Gallery a little by chance but instantly loved the permanent exhibition space dedicated to Nova Scotian artist, Maud Lewis. If you don't know who she is, find out, and if you do know, then you will appreciate her talent and greatness. Of course there's always lots of touring exhibitions, and extras to check out too. Well... More 

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