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“excellent community resource”

Art Gallery of Hamilton
Ranked #12 of 157 things to do in Hamilton
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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“excellent community resource”
Reviewed 15 July 2013

I live in Hamilton and try to get here every couple months on first Friday free nights (my tax dollars at work). There is a great collection of permanent works here and regular travelling exhibits as well.

Visited April 2013
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Oakville, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Hamilton boasts first-rate art!”
Reviewed 11 July 2013

Any thoughts of the city of Hamilton as being devoid of art and culture only occurs to those who don't know the gems this city holds. Hamilton's Art Gallery is the 3rd largest in Ontario, and has hosted some of the finest exhibits - world-class. The prices are great, and 1st Fridays of the month are free. Parking is easy and inexpensive. Why brave the drive to Toronto when such art exists right here?

Visited November 2012
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Winnipeg, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
434 reviews
310 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
“Small but well done; interesting and provocative collection”
Reviewed 6 July 2013

In visiting this small, but interesting art gallery, you will be amazed by the range and scope of the collection. The first floor galleries require an entrance fee but the second floor has an ongoing free display of the "Hamilton" and "The Scourge", two War of 1812 ships that sank in the Hamilton harbour and have only recently been discovered through a sonor search of the waters. Until recent times, the loss of 53 sailors was the worst nautical disaster in the Great Lakes.Intricate models of the ships and wreckage along with underwater photographs enliven the display. The upper floor is also home to the Tanenbaum African Collection of authentic masks, carvings, statues and statuettes. The Bruegel-Bosch Bus that occupies a special niche in the gallery is an amazing collection of thousands of popular culture icons adorning, and, in most cases, completely obscuring an ancient Volkswagen bus. The myriad of tiny figurines are derived from everything from Godzilla and King Kong climbing towers to a multitude of railroad dioramas with every imaginable figure incorporated in a sprawling montage. The first floor includes a reception area, gift shop, children's activity centre, washrooms and a small cafe/snackbar, as well as the entrance to a fascinating slice of the collection from medieval and renaissance periods to modern abstract works in adjacent galleries. One new exhibition features the art of sports with a showpiece of a Stanley Cup game in both a tabletop hockey rink complete with sculpted players and a stop-action film created around the game with narration by Toronto Maple Leafs star Darryl Sittler who scored 10 points in the game. An annex to the gallery is also available located on a nearby street. All in all, a great little art gallery and well worth a visit.

Visited July 2013
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Toronto, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very good gallery”
Reviewed 9 June 2013

I recommend a visit to the AGH if you happen to be in down-town Hamilton with a couple of hours to spare.

Depending on what exhibitions are currently showing you might want to skip the first floor galleries that you have to pay for and head straight for the second floor (the free bit).

Currently on display is the Tanenbaum African Collection, according to the gallery web page "Visitors will be able to appreciate and understand these works more fully in terms of their conceptual, expressive, and formal artistry, as well as by the intimate connections they hold with the life, customs, and beliefs of the different societies that created and produced them. ", basically it's loads of awesome masks and carvings, some of which are massive but they are all beautiful to look at, there is information about the collection but not a lot, I think more information would have helped.

Also on the free floor is the Bruegel-Bosch Bus, it was worth the visit just to see this, I can't really describe it, you have to go and see it, the gallery web page description of "magnificent visual masterpiece" is totally accurate.

There were also some great (though slightly disturbing) sculptures and a large collection of interesting portraits and photograph on the second floor.

There is a shop and cafe, though the cafe only takes cash for some reason, so take some.

As it's mostly free there is no reason to not visit.

Visited June 2013
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Hamilton, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Small but nice”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

I really enjoyed the exhibits at the AGH, especially because they featured local/Canadian artists. Not a large gallery, but well curated. Will be back for more!

Visited July 2012
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