Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Agnes Etherington Art Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a research‐intensive art museum located on the historic campus of Queen’s University. It illuminates the great artistic traditions of the past and the innovations of the present through year-round programs of exhibitions and outreach activities staged across eight beautiful galleries, the Biéler Studio, and assorted public spaces including the gracious period rooms of the historic Etherington House. Its superb collections—numbering over 17,000 works―include cutting edge contemporary art and fine examples of Canadian historical art, Indigenous art and artifacts, and material culture including an unusual collection of Canadian Historical Dress and the Lang Collection of African Art. The Bader Collection, focusing on Rembrandt and his school, centres on more than 200 paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, including one portrait and two beautiful character studies by Rembrandt.
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Spitfire444
Kingston, Canada40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Business
The Agnes is quite well-publicized in certain circles. It is a charming building on a beautiful campus and encompasses Agnes Etherington's home as well as the addition. So it has historical value as a building. Agnes was a remarkable woman in many ways and has a special place in the Queen's U story.

The Old Masters are worth seeing and a surprise in this small venue. If you get a chance, there is a large clothing collection in the vaults which sometimes is displayed. Definitely a must-see museum.
Written June 30, 2014
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isingintheshower
Kingston, Canada89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Friends
I have visited the Art Center twice now and both times have been delightful. The first time was for a high school class trip to see an exhibit on electronic waste. My last visit was this month to see all of the exhibits being offered at the time. They change regularly so that provides reason to make many visits. All of the pieces of art are astounding and many of them have remarkable stories. Some paintings date back to the early 1600s
(Bader exhibit) . The best part of the Art Centre is the house that is attached to the building and was Agnes Etherington's. It is a little gem that takes you back in time and features a piano that allows people to play it on Saturday afternoons. Another great element is that the Art Centre has an art rental place for anyone that is interested. Students are FREE, as well as children and Thursday's are free admission days. Overall, this is a must see as it is a highly respected centre.
Written August 25, 2011
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Paros81
Scotland226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Manageable wee museum in student area of town. Some interesting displays of costumes, contemporary art and Dutch art. Agnes Etheringtons home is an additional plus point. Worth a look and free entry.
Written December 6, 2019
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d0bbel
Kingston, Canada21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Due only to the generosity of the Bader family, this is the place to see Rembrandt's art in Canada. Front desk attendant was very friendly. Enjoyed viewing the art with a couple of other older people. Ironically, the A/V exhibit was down owing to technical difficulties. The descriptions next to the artwork are in small font, so we had to lean in to read them. Apparently this was taboo, as a staff member, dressed all in black, materialized and rudely told us we were too close to the art. Clearly she was the type that gets off on being a gatekeeper between the art, its majors, and the rest of us mere mortals. But all the mumbo-jumbo about accessibility goes out the window if the font is too small and you can't get close to read it. Needless to say, the encounter left a bad taste in our mouths. Anyways, come for the Rembrandts and try not to offend the gods.
Written May 29, 2019
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396Don
Toronto, Canada32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
We drove from Toronto specifically to visit "The Agnes" and to see the exhibit of works by Rembrandt and his contemporaries. Thanks to the generosity of Alfred and Isabel Bader, this gallery, which belongs to Queen's University, has three Rembrandts and many works by his contemporaries. This exhibit closes in December 2016 and is well worth the visit if you want to see and learn about great portraiture.

Also on display was a great exhibit on local art and another of local women artists in history as well as three other exhibits.
Written July 28, 2016
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NightKnight90
Kingston2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
All I can see about this museum is that it is one of the most attractive museums I have ever visited. I have been there for three times and still want to revisit the centre.
Written February 19, 2010
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Rebecca C
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
The Agnes has an amazing permanent collection, including three Rembrandt's, a wonderful selection of African Art, and an enormous variety of historic and contemporary Canadian Art. They offer lunchtime tours with the curators, lectures with guest artists and numerous workshops for children, teens and adults. It is really a sparkling jewel in Kingston.
Written October 15, 2018
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Written October 17, 2018
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Theodore
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
The displays change/evolve every 3/4 months and the artwork is exceptional. A friendly, quiet retreat from work and, I imagine, a great stop for tourists.
Written April 29, 2018
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Fan-of-foreign-films
Ottawa, Canada89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
We visited Kingston specifically to see the Kent Monkman (temporary/touring) exhibit at the Agnes, and we were glad we did.
But what a surprise at the other exhibits at the Agnes! There were 2 very good temporary exhibits, and another fine exhibit of paintings drawn from the Agnes' permanent collection, including 3 Rembrandts. All four exhibits were well-curated and displayed.
Moreover, you can wander next door to the benefactor's original home and, if you're lucky, hear someone who has come in to practice on the baby grand piano in its front hall. Folks - probably most of the Queens' students - can come in at any time and play the piano. Magnificent!
Moreover, the staff at the front desk are charming, enthusiastic and knowledgable.
Oh, and it's entrance fee is a free-will offering...just pay whatever you like (or pay nothing). Though it definitely deserves your money!
Written January 29, 2018
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Sunny1707
Montreal, Canada97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
A good stop for art lovers. The Alfred Bader collection is a must see while in the Kingston area. Viewing the 3 Rembrandt pieces was a treat.
Written August 22, 2017
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