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“This gallery keeps getting better”

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Ranked #39 of 202 things to do in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a public art museum dedicated to the celebration of art. With vision, leadership and scholarship, we will engage and inspire diverse audiences through exhibition, interpretation and stewardship of the collection.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed May 31, 2013

There were five exhibitions. One of them, featuring Emily Carr, must be permanent or semi-permanent, because I saw it last summer as well. It struck me how many of the works in it belong to the gallery, having been donated in the course of the last 40+ years. Back in the 1960s the AGGV had an almost negligible permanent collection; that day is now long past.

Of the visiting exhibitions, one, featuring works by David Blackwood, came from the AGO. The other consisted of Japanese photos held in an Alberta museum. There was also a fine exhibition of Japanese woodcuts. The soft music was entirely appropriate: I felt myself becoming more tranquil by the minute. Visitors to Victoria owe it to themselves to visit this gallery.

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

The standing collection is very limited, but visiting exhibits are lovingly curated. Don't expect brilliance all the time, but if the collection and exhibits are to your taste, don't miss this.

Thank SyrinxSounds
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

There is always good contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, worth a visit. There is also traditional and modern Native art, with commentary to put it in perspective, as well as Asian and other immigrant influenced work. The Art Gallery is a bit of a walk from downtown, but easily reached by bus.

Thank Fred A
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

Entry fee inc. tax is $13 per adult, which is steep, especially coming from Europe, where this kind of gallery is usually free! However, you can expect to pay this amount into pretty much every attraction in Victoria! Emily Carr's work is worth the visit, however. She was a remarkable artist. The rest of the gallery was a little disappointing, though, and it was smaller with fewer exhibits than I expected. Visit if you like Emily Carr's work, otherwise, don't stress yourself if you don't make it. Within walking distance of downtown Victoria and can be combined with a visit to Craigdarroch Castle on the next street down off Fort, if you want to make an afternoon of it.

Thank UTBOR
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Packed with wonderful oriental art, ceramics and textiles as well as prints, plus amazingly well described travelling exhibitions.

Thank AuntJanOakBay
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