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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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Ottawa, Canada
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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Lincoln,RI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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North Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I went on a Thursday night where they had free admission due to some Youth recognition program. There was entertainment that night and it was quite busy. The exhibitions were fantastic, loved the local artist Graeme Patterson - could have stayed in that one forever. Nice to see Indigenous art in varying forms there - diverse for a smaller gallery.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I love small galleries like this one. The Maud Adams exhibit and story was well done and there was a special exhibit of two artists--I especially liked Marion Wagschal, who is there through Sept. 7, 2014. Many times these smaller museums allow one to focus more.

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Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We loved the Maud Lewis exhibit and that alone is worth the trip to the AGNS. The place was under construction which meant the gift shop was closed(sadly) but the exhibits were lovely and uncrowded. Go!

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Ottawa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The gallery is located right downtown and a good spot to visit, especially if it is raining and you want to kill a little over an hour. The gallery has a few nice galleries focused on early Halifax which are worth seeing but the highlight is the Maud Lewis gallery on the main floor. If you have time and $12... More

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