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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

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Address: 1741 Hollis St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1V9, Canada
Phone Number: 902 424 7542
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Art museum focusing on provincial and Canadian artwork in various mediums.

Art museum focusing on provincial and Canadian artwork in various mediums.

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Excellent Introduction to Nova Scotia Artists

We came here specifically to see the works of Donald MacKay, a mid-century Canadian painter of some renown (except to the young woman at the front desk, who'd never heard of him... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We came here specifically to see the works of Donald MacKay, a mid-century Canadian painter of some renown (except to the young woman at the front desk, who'd never heard of him). We found several oils on the top floor, along with those of other artists of the same period. And we found a treasure trove of MacKay engravings on... More 

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Thank Gardensalot
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pavia cafe is so good that I returned twice. Interesting range of salads & sandwiches, beautifully served. Friendly staff. Quiet surroundings. Art Gallery reception are not trained, unaware of Odaatje bequest of his collection to gallery. Interesting collection but my favourite was the Maud Lewis folk art. Gift shop assistant watched me ,on my knees , searching in box of... More 

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Neath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Called into the gallery with my family in July 2016, had a tasty lunch first at the excellent Pavia restaurant on the ground floor, before exploring the collections. As none of us were aware of the work of Nova Scotia's star Maude Lewis we loved learning about her life and work, what an amazing woman - lovely to see her... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went specifically for the Maud Lewis exhibit and it didn't disappoint. They had her house on display as well as some of her art. The security guard was wonderful and shared many interesting stories about her. Well worth the visit if you are a fan of her. The art gallery is located in a wonderful building and there is... More 

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not a large museum, however, the works on display are a good cross section of Canadian culture and history.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I learned about Maud Lewis - amazing artist, very touched by her life and work. Her tiny house was put together and re-assembled inside.

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Thank quelinda2015
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've done a lot of the main attractions in Halifax (Which surprisingly is quite a bit), but I still think this Art Gallery might have been my favorite of all! The Maud Lewis exhibit is beyond words. Her work really moved me and I think it would interest most people, especially those with a predisposition for Folk Art. A great... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There were very few visitors to this gallery, which surprised me as a New Yorker. The Maud Lewis film and gallery were my favorite things about the museum. She was an amazing woman and a wonderful folk artist.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although the gallery itself is in dire need of some tlc, I would say it's worth a visit mainly to see the touching Maude Lewis exhibit. This Nova Scotian artist, spent her years painting canvases as well as the inside of her little house. The coolest part of this exhibit was that the house was actually transported to the gallery... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must-see for all art enthusiasts, AGNS often hosts small but well-curated shows featuring a range of work from various eras and in various styles. Permanent collection includes many historical works of varying interest as well as a fun, playful display of Nova Scotian folk art and a unique installation celebrating the well-known Maud Lewis. The temporary exhibitions are generally... More 

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