Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia by George Lang
Location1723 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 1V9
TypeArt museum
Visitors45,455 (2017)[1]
DirectorNancy Noble
WebsiteArt Gallery of Nova Scotia

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the provincial art gallery of Nova Scotia. It is located in downtown 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.[2] 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.


The gallery has over 17,000 works of art in its varied collection, ranging from classical portraits to Nova Scotian folk art to Inuit stone carvings.[3]

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.[4]

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  1. ^ "Performance Scorecard 2016-2017" (PDF). Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Annual Accountability Report for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. 2017. p. 10. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  2. ^ "About Us - History" Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Website Archived January 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Collection". Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  4. ^ "Annie Leibovitz photo collection donated to Halifax gallery". CBC News. June 6, 2013. Retrieved 2017-10-20.

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Coordinates: 44°38′52.83″N 63°34′21.54″W / 44.6480083°N 63.5726500°W / 44.6480083; -63.5726500