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Art Gallery of Alberta
Ranked #24 of 182 things to do in Edmonton
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Owner description: The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs.
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

This amazingly modern building caught my eye from a distance, so I decided to check it out. While the building itself is a work of art, there's a lot to check out inside as well. Unfortunately. It was closed for a wedding during my visit...but what we were able to see certainly impressed us.

Visited June 2014
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“Don't miss!”
Reviewed June 29, 2014

If you make just one stop in Alberta, make it this. The building's design mirrors the city's topography: the straight lines of its very square grid with the snaky river meandering through it. Stunning from the outside, it merits a visit inside as well: the gallery's outstanding curatorship means small but world-class exhibitions astutely combined, offering a good mix of the local, the contemporary, the international, and the classical. Kids will love the Discovery gallery designed just for them, with lots of things to play with and touch.

Visited May 2014
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“Really depends on the exhibitions”
Reviewed May 10, 2014

The museum doesn't have its own permanent collection, but rather lends art from a variety of sources. Some of the exhibitions come from the National Art Gallery of Canada. On the one hand, this is great as the museum is constantly evolving. On the other hand, you never know what you're going to get. Visitors should considering checking what's on beforehand. I got lucky, but if the current exhibitions are not to your liking I would give it pass.

When I was there, there were two main exhibitions Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature, which was quite interesting and Lyndal Osborne: Bowerbird, Life as Art and smaller exhibit of different animal sketches.

The building is beautiful and there's a cool gift shop, a snazzy place for lunch or dinner and lockers to store coats and other personal items.

If you see an exhibition that catches your fancy, it's worth trying out.

Visited March 2014
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“Lovely visit!”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

Perhaps it was the two special exhibitions going on, but the AGA proved to be my second favorite attraction of our recent visit to Edmonton, Alberta--Elk Island being the first. The architectural design of the building is in itself worth a visit... In observance of the 100 year anniversary there was a photographic exhibit of photos from the 1924, first-ever, photographic expedition to the Columbia Icefield in Western Alberta. Since I have visited the Icefield outside of Banff three times, I was thrilled to be able to see these photos--and the early, brief 'silent movie' that the explorers filmed. The second exhibit presented corresponding g paintings of Western Canada painted by the Canadian Group of Seven---seven early 20th Century Canadian painters whose works, largely landscapes, are quite famous. Last year I visited the McMichael Museum in Toronto that features their works...The AGA is definitely worth a visit.

Visited April 2014
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“It's all in the quality not the quantity”
Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

I love that we could really take our time enjoying the Chagall exhibition. Without the normal magnitude of art clambering for your attention one can settle into this body of work and enjoy it thoroughly. Well spent time and good coffee to finish a pleasant day.

Visited December 2013
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