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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

1723 Hollis Street HalifaxNova Scotia B3J 1M7
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The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the provincial art gallery for the province of Nova Scotia. It is located in the central downtown region of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with a branch gallery in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada.


The gallery was founded in 1908 as the Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts. It was renamed in 1975 as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. In 1988 the gallery moved to the historic Dominion Building, built in 1865, designed by architects David Stirling and William Hay. The gallery expanded in 1998 to include several floors of the Provincial Building located just to the south of Dominion Building. The two structures are separated by Ondaatje Court, a public space that besides being used for temporary exhibitions, contains several large permanent sculptures. Underneath the courtyard is a large underground exhibition room which connects the two buildings.

Noted works

The gallery has over 15 000 works of art in its varied collection, ranging from classical portraits to Nova Scotian folk art to Inuit stone carvings.

  • Edward Cornwallis by Joshua Reynolds
  • George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax by Joshua Reynolds
  • Boy in a Red Hat by Stanley Royle
  • British Vessels at Anchor, Annapolis Royal by Samuel Scott (painter)
  • The Capture of Louisbourg by Peter Monamy
  • "Sunday Dinner" by Mary Pratt
  • Atlantic Beach and Fog Bank Near Petite Riviere, Nova Scotia by J. E. H. MacDonald, Group of Seven
  • Sunglow by Arthur Lismer, Group of Seven
  • Moose by a River, Nova Scotia by Forshaw Day
  • Maud Lewis Home by folk artist Maud Lewis
  • Autumn Sunbeams by Frances Bannerman

In June 2013, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia acquired a collection of works by photographer Annie Leibovitz, including an iconic image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The collection was given to the gallery by the Al and Faye Mintz family of Toronto.

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