On the outside of this rather impressive building was a banner that read:17th Century Dutch and Flemish Masterworks. This really caught my eye, as well as knowing that this museum had a special exhibit titled "Grand Hotels." The Hotel exhibit was rather interesting because it traced the evolution of hospitality for travelers. The largest room contained large models of some of the more famous buildings, along with copy and pictures. Another room related specific hotels and their influence and interaction with society.
I then went to the Dutch and Flemish art. I was disappointed not only with the paintings from The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, but also with the few paintings from the permanent collection. The art was from artists hardly known by the general public.
I was shocked that a large museum in a major Canandian city had such a poor collection in it's major holdings. It certainly did not showcase artists from Canada, nor the United States. I was disappointed in my visit to this museum.
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