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“Eclectic Collection of Fine Art” 4 of 5 stars
Review of RiverBrink Art Museum

RiverBrink Art Museum
116 Queenston Street, Queenston, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1L0, Canada
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Ranked #5 of 6 Attractions in Queenston
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: RiverBrink Art Museum, located in the historic village of Queenston, within the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, is a public art museum open since 1983. Situated in a large country home overlooking the Niagara River, the museum features exhibitions from the renowned art collection of Samuel E. Weir, as well as outstanding artworks on loan from Canadian and international collections. The museum grounds and gardens provide a spectacular view of the Niagara River.The museum holds approximately 1,400 works in the permanent collection, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts. The focus of the collection is historical Canadian art, with additional holdings of European art (particularly British and French) and American art. The collection contains works from some of Canada’s most significant artists: Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, the members of the Group of Seven, Cornelius Krieghoff, Paul Kane, and Marc Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté. The RiverBrink Reference Library contains over 4,000 books on fine and decorative arts, history and Canadiana. In addition, the collection includes 500 rare and limited edition books, available for consultation by appointment. These include books such as A New Discovery of the Vast Country in America (London 1698) by Father Louis Hennepin and Travels Through the Canadas (London 1807) by George Heriot.Our theme for 2013 is collecting in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the opening of the art museum, and include:2013 exhibitions:Sam Weir, The Consummate CollectorThe Battle of Lake ErieNineteenth-Century Views of the War of 1812Norval Morrisseau, Journey With a GeniusA Private Collection of Inuit SculptureMarine Art: Work, Play and PerilSummer hours (Victoria Day Weekend to Oct. 27): daily 10 am to 5pm. Winter Hours (Nov. 1 to May 17): Wed. to Sat. 10 am to 5 pm. Admission: Adults $5, Seniors & Students $4, under 12 free. Features gift shop and free parking. For more information telephone
Cobleskill, New York
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“Eclectic Collection of Fine Art”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The Riverbrink Art Museum, in Queenston, Ontario, is a pleasant place to visit on your way to Niagara-on-the-Lake or as break from theater, winery, golfing or shopping activities during your stay in that community. The admission cost only $5.00 with a dollar reduction for seniors and students. Children under twelve are admitted free of charge.
The collection is displayed in the attractive rooms of a Georgian styled country home that belonged to a Canadian lawyer, Samuel Weir. It includes two-dimensional and three-dimensional works by first rank Canadian, U.S. American, and European artists. There are fine works by members of the Canadian “Group of Seven” artists. There are also small gems by such artists as Cassat, Wood, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Cezanne and Degas. The collection includes many works devoted to Canadian naval history in the War of 1812. Of particular note is the collection of Inuit sculpture on display. In addition to the works of its permanent collection, the museum displays shows on loan from other arts institutions. This year, it had paintings by the innovative artist Norval Morrisseau.
We found our hour and a half visit to the Museum this year was most enjoyable.

Visited October 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Small, interesting, friendly gallery. Lovely building.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This was an unplanned stop for me during my bike ride from Niagara Falls to Niagara on the Lake. The lovely building and grounds caught my eye.

The variety of the collections was interesting and easily appreciated even though I'm not very educated when it comes to art. The owner of the house was an avid collector and many of the works were his. They have also kept many of his books and other curios.

The staff were pleasant and welcoming even though I was young and disheveled. I was given plenty of information to appreciate the artwork and building and then left to enjoy my visit.

From what I understand, they borrow from various collections so their exhibits often change. I'd definitely plan a repeat visit if I'm in the area.

Visited October 2013
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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“A nice, rotating collection of art”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We visited this museum last week. It is reached by an attractive drive down Niagara Parkway, and has a small parking lot. The fee is quite reasonable, with a discount for seniors and students. The very friendly woman at admissions gave us some explanations of the changing exhibits and the rooms and library that could be visited. We were then free to wander the various rooms at our own pace. We found particularly interesting the Inuit sculpture, and also the room of paintings by Norval Morrisseau, on loan to the museum. His art is very striking. There are stairs to climb in this museum, but I am not particularly nimble and I had no problem with them. It is a nice place to visit, particularly on a morning or day when there are no plays, and it is not far from the Laura Second House and the butterfly conservatory, and can be seen in a fairly short period of time so you can combine several attractions on the same day. The brochure we were given also indicates that a series of talks are offered on Sunday afternoons for $15, which includes the admission fee.

Visited June 2013
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Guelph, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
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“Unique place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Collection excellent. A bit difficult to find and gardens somewhat disappointing - no winterscaping at all. Overall however a worthwhile spot.

Visited January 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“A nice stop off the Niagara Parkway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

This is a nice stop off along the Niagara parkway in Queenston. The admission is very reasonable The Gallery has a really nice collection of Canadian art. The staff is knowledgle and courteous. I try to go there each summer to see what is new. The small gift shop has really nice interesting items.it doesn't take a long time to go through so you can continue on your journey along the parkway but long enough for a rest if you are cycling.

Visited August 2012
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