Winnipeg Art Gallery

Winnipeg Art Gallery: Hours, Address, Winnipeg Art Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

Winnipeg Art Gallery
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada's oldest civic art gallery, celebrates its 100th anniversary from Sept 2012 to Aug 2013. As one of Canada's leading art museums, the WAG has over 25,000 works of art ranging from 15th century European paintings to 21st century American multi-media art, and has toured exhibitions around the world-Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Taiwan, Norway, China, Italy, and the United States. At the forefront in promoting Manitoba artists nationwide and abroad, the WAG also represents artists from countries and cultures from across the globe.
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Canmore, Canada1,142 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
Architecture of the building is amazing. Nice art and a new Inuit section with lots of sculptures. They occasionally have a free Sunday, but you need advance tickets due to the pandemic.
Written November 14, 2021
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Calgary, Canada329 contributions
Sep 2021
When we learned there was a significant Inuit Art exhibit at the WAG we decided to go check it out. Attached to the WAG was Qaumajuq, an Inuit Art Gallery that are attached on the 3rd level.
After completing an online form for Covid that grants us permission to enter we were greeted nicely and the person guiding us for admission saved us a lot of money. He said if my daughters (age 25 and under) become free members of WAG, they get free entry, and with a Manitoba government promotion for out of province visitors giving me one entry as a refund, the 4 of us entered the galleries for the price of one adult ($18). A real bargain.

The building is large, multi-storied but all the exhibits were really only found on the 3rd floor. The Inuit focussed art exhibit was fascinating but I did not come away feeling like I understood the community any better. But the art was enjoyable to view and experience as there were many multi-media and mixed media pieces to enjoy.

The WAG side also had mostly Inuit art and some local historical stuff too. I was surprised there was not more variety nor very much Manitoba based artists on exhibit here.

All in all, we saw the whole thing in about 2 to 3 hours (it really is all on one floor) but for the price we paid, we were happy to have seen it.
Written September 2, 2021
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Teresa B
Russell, Canada36 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
My adult son who lives in Winnipeg suggested to us, on our recent visit to this fair city, that we go to the WAG. We’ve been there before and it’s a lovely, well-set up, spacious building. However, my son’s specific wish was to go see the Kent Monkman special installation. It is a provocative, multi media spectacle with history, humour, and social commentary regarding numerous indigenous experiences and perspectives. A second visit would be great as it is difficult to extract all the meaning I’d like to have done, in only one visit. Each “second Sunday of the month” is currently free admission so that was a bonus. There was a youth program going on at the same time, and it certainly appears that, overall, the WAG promotes a lively and inclusive community.
Written January 13, 2020
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Toronto, Canada5 contributions
Dec 2019 • Business
Had an opportunity to visit for an hour. Not enough but between meetings. Interesting collection. Beautiful building. Would like to spend more time there on my next trip.
Written December 28, 2019
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Leslie S
12 contributions
Apr 2019
Expensive admission and parking. Something fun to do for us once a year but not enough going on to bring us all year round. It would be great if they had a toddler and childrens area like the Minneapolsi Institute of art.
Written December 23, 2019
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Washington DC, DC68 contributions
Dec 2019
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a Jewel. Thoughtful art displayed in context. Cutting-edge art and traditional subjects are both available. Something for everyone. I appreciated how the museum took efforts to consider contemporary issues in a meaningful way. The existing building is getting bigger with a new Inuit Art Centre - but there is a lot to do in the current museum. While I had adult time, WAG is great for families too. The food was good and WAG had a great shop with unique presents. Really nice room terrace would be great in summer. Very nice people at the museum were very helpful too. Really good experience and a must-see.
Written December 17, 2019
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Margaret A
Winnipeg, Canada1,921 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We went to the art gallery specifically to see Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice - A Story of Resilience as we had heard so much about it. The exhibit did not disappear although we found it a bit confusing as to the order in which to see the display. It is outlined with Roman numerals and written explanations but the flow wasn’t all that easy to follow. I did at the end, find the iPad display with the entire manuscript and after reading the author’s forward, the display really came together. I wish that I had read that first. Powerful and beautiful large pieces of art. Very worthwhile seeing.
Written December 1, 2019
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Saskatoon, Canada374 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Although several galleries were closed due to renovations, we had a great visit to the Winnipeg Art Gallery nonetheless. The few examples of Inuit carving on display were mesmerizing, which augurs well for the new Inuit Art Centre under construction due to open in 2020. Although it is a 775-kilometer drive for us, we are encouraged to return to see it when completed. Particularly liked John Pascievich's photographs of North Winnipeg: they give you a special feel for the life of that place. But we liked everything about it. They don't gouge you price wise either.
Written July 30, 2019
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Kirk M
Edmonton, Canada1,945 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Because of the construction of the new Inuit Art Centre addition scheduled to open in 2020, the gallery is experiencing upheaval now. After completion, the collection of Inuit sculptures, prints, paintings, drawings and wall hangings (the world's largest such collection) will allow more space for the fairly high-quality but not stupendous permanent holdings of North American and European art. On a recent visit during the transitional phase, I encountered some disappointments and annoyances. The always excellent and well-stocked gift shop inside the main entrance was closed for renovations and is relocated to the top floor in a small space and thus had much restricted offerings. I bought a few items but would have purchased more if there had been a wider variety. The gallery might be losing some revenue because of this move.
There's an open-air sculpture garden on the roof. The quality of sculptures is high---two Henry Moores, an Ossip Zadkine, an Alexander Archipenko and several 20th-century Canadian pieces. But what I didn't like was the way sculptures were labelled. No identification on each one---the information is listed all together on one board some distance from each sculpture so I had to walk back and forth from sculpture to label to check out each artist, date, etc. Maddening! please put information labels at the base of each sculpture instead!
The interior galleries themselves are almost all on the 3rd floor, and the austere and angular wall and floor spaces (the building was opened in 1971) enhance the arts' presentation. However, right now the curators have ill-advisedly grouped the 19th- and 20th-century paintings into an unfortunately increasingly popular/trendy format that I hate---the "Salon Style" display! This means that paintings are piled on top of one another to the ceiling in the manner of how works were displayed in many galleries from c.1850 to c.1920, resulting in a mind-deadening visual overload of paintings uncomfortably squeezed together and fighting for space! I would have liked to have examined some important paintings eye-to-eye (for example, the Canadian artist Fred Varley's startling "View From The Artist's Bedroom Window," and Christiane Pflug's sombre "Still-Life With Clock Face And Tiles,") but I couldn't see them properly unless I had binoculars! Ridiculous! Many works of art were simply "lost in space"! Another thing that made viewing distracting was that there was an exhibition of art from India nearby, and in the middle of the 19th-20th-century galleries was a very much out-of-context inflatable model of an Indian temple that was kept erect by a noisy power generator! Other fellow gallery-goers also complained about this sound!
A couple of other shows held my attention longer, probably because the spaces for them were quiet---a show of large, brooding encaustic wax portrait heads by the Canadian artist Tony Scherman, many of powerful women such as Rosa Parks and Margaret Thatcher; and a fascinating collection of 1970s felt and embroidery hangings done by artists of the Canadian Arctic community of Baker Lake, with bold colours and sharp-silhouetted forms.
Let's hope that the Winnipeg Art Gallery will soon get its space and construction problems resolved. Until then, what would merit a "Very Good" rating can only get an "Average" rating for now.
Written July 2, 2019
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Rose C
Winnipeg, Canada38 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Paintings were beautiful
The gift shop is lovely
They often have original paintings of very famous artists
Written May 7, 2019
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