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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

1741 Hollis St., Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3C8, Canada
902 424 7542
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Ranked #17 of 74 Attractions in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries, Art Museums
Traveler Description: The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, located at 1723 Hollis Street, acts as a gateway for the visual arts in Atlantic Canada by bringing the art of the... more »
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Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a really great little gallery. The Maud Lewis exhibit is so joyful and colourful - a true breath of fresh air. The other folk art exhibit is equally whimsical and charming, but I found the contemporary Indigenous art exhibit the highlight of the gallery. Check it out!

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We visited on one of the free nights (Thursday night), so I can't complain about the price. However, the gallery felt a bit small in scope and ambition. However, I did appreciate the wonderful Maud Lewis collection. That alone is worth the price of admission.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Although the art on display is surprisingly minimal for a Provincial gallery, the collections are impressive, varied and sophisticated. A wide range from Maud Lewis to Annie Liebowitz, Native art to folk art, contemporary and historic. The galleries are spacious and light, their materials of various woods and metals present the art in a modern and sensitive quality of Nova... More

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Very small art gallery but has a good mix of all types of art. Worth it just to see Maude Lewis folk art and to see the house she lived in. Only ducked in here to shelter from the rain and so glad we did.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Small, modest gallery, but well-run, and the folk art is enchanting - especially the beautiful and touching exhibit and tribute to the life & art of Maude Lewis - complete with her beautifully decorated little house! Brilliant! Also: some Annie Leibowitz (Sp?) photos of the Rolling Stones, just for variety!

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Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is not a very well laid out museum but once I found the Maud Lewis exhibit I was in heaven. Loved the video of her life and the comprehensive pieces of work right down to her original and fully restored home. Her story is truly inspirational as is the love story shared between her and her husband. The child... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Like the museum's branch in Yarmouth, this central one places a good deal of emphasis upon outsider art, whether by autistic people or untrained artists, Canadian versions of Grandma Moses, and its collection of European, Asian, and First Nations art is pretty meagre. Fortunately, when we visited it had a wonderful show of Helen Wagschal's giant canvases as well as... More

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Worcester, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

During our visit to the museum, two very different artists were on display. The presentation on Maud Lewis and her work was informative, engaging, and helped to bring a sense of who she was to life -- what a charming story! Marion Wagschal's trained style is a striking contrast, but also hauntingly beautiful. The museum has a very nice permanent... More

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Can't say I warmed to this one although the Maud Lewis exhibition was certainly comprehensive. I suppose this is a relatively recent gallery and not as well-endowed as other cities. Perhaps it was the jet lag, but I found it confusingly arranged and claustrophobic. Sorry Halifax this was not the highlight of my visit to your fine city.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The Maud Lewis exhibit in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is a must see for anyone visiting this lovely city. Her uninhibited, free-spirited, almost child-like paintings are a delight of colour for the eyes. Her charmingly painted house, fully reconstructed to replicate it's original state, is fascinating. Imagine living in such a tiny space. I also enjoyed an exhibit... More

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