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“Tiny Treasure”

RiverBrink Art Museum
Ranked #6 of 8 things to do in Queenston
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Owner description: RiverBrink Art Museum, located in the historic village of Queenston, within the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, is a public art museum open since 1983. Situated in a large country home overlooking the Niagara River, the museum features exhibitions from the renowned art collection of Samuel E. Weir, as well as outstanding artworks on loan from Canadian and international collections. The museum grounds and gardens provide a spectacular view of the Niagara River. The museum holds approximately 1,400 works in the permanent collection, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts. The focus of the collection is historical Canadian art, with additional holdings of European art (particularly British and French) and American art. The collection contains works from some of Canada's most significant artists: Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, the members of the Group of Seven, Cornelius Krieghoff, Paul Kane, and Marc Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté. The RiverBrink Reference Library contains over 4,000 books on fine and decorative arts, history and Canadiana. In addition, the collection includes 500 rare and limited edition books, available for consultation by appointment. These include books such as A New Discovery of the Vast Country in America (London 1698) by Father Louis Hennepin and Travels Through the Canadas (London 1807) by George Heriot. Summer hours (Victoria Day Weekend to Oct. 27): daily 10 am to 5pm. Winter Hours (Nov. 1 to May 17): Wed. to Sat. 10 am to 5 pm. Admission: Adults $5, Seniors & Students $4, under 12 free. Features gift shop and free parking. For more information telephone.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 16 July 2014

The collection is the result of the specific focus of an eccentric collector. It is a charing introduction to the world of art and of collecting. The gallery is the onetime home of the now deceased collector. There is something there for everyone and pieces by notable Canadian artists of the early to mid 20th century. It provides and easy lesson in art appreciation.

2  Thank Donald C
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

This art museum is small but has some great pieces. The staff is incredible and knowledgeable. They have some big name artworks like one from the group of seven as well as a few traveling exhibits every now and then. I would suggest this little gem for anyone who is an art lover.

1  Thank Melony C
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This former home was left to a foundation after its owner's death and is currently in the hands of a very knowledgable and professional staff. The curators have created a very pleasant environment in which to experience the unique collection of Candiana amassed by Samuel Weir. Thoughtfully constructed exhibits from the private collection combined with traveling exhibits and loans from other galleries make Riverbrink worth finding. Location is a little remote, with no bus routes, etc., but we noticed a lot of people arriving by bicycle, which you can apparently rent nearby. Plus only $5 for admission and plenty of fairly-priced art by local artists in the giftshop.

2  Thank Ian P
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

The museum was lacking a little. Was not terrible but not worth going to. Took us 5 minutes and that was going very slow.

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Reviewed 7 December 2013

Have been driving by this strange little architectual oddity for years and have always said I was going to stop in. Got a chance on the Niagara-on-the Lake Holiday House Tour and was pleasantly surprised.
A small but unique personal collection assembled by Samuel Weir in his home on the banks of the Niagara River which was turned into a gallery after his death. Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Varley and a Homer Watson dot the walls....even the impish glare of a young child in a surprising Paul Peel. There is a room dedicated to the contemporary northern Ojibwe artist Norval Morrisseau done mostly in the 70's after he was introduced by the McMichaels in Kleinburg. This is the largest collection I have seen outside of the McMichael and especially interesting is his "Hippie Family". Funny!
But what was a great find for me was the upstairs collection of the War of 1812 Battle of Lake Erie collection. A hidden historical chronological gem which depicts almost a step-by-step view of Admiral Perry's victory.
Not a huge collection but certainly worth an hour or so of your time between The Falls and NOTL.

4  Thank Doug W
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