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Photo by Mike Lalich. October 2010

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Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is the oldest and largest public art gallery in southwestern Ontario and owns one of the finest collections of art in Canada, featuring over 10,000 works of art including historical European, historical Canadian and contemporary art. The AGH is a vital creative hub and centre of lifelong learning that enables people of all ages to enrich their lives by gaining a deeper understanding of art. Its renovated and award-winning premises present exhibitions that change three times a year, plus visitors can enjoy the always-tempting Shop at AGH and Horse and Train Bistro.

In October 2003, the AGH began its major renovation project, transforming our aging building into an international art destination and safeguarding art works from the leaks that plagued the building. Designed by Hamilton-born and raised architect Bruce Kuwabara, the $18 million recladding and revitalization project was funded by the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program (through the Governments of Canada and Ontario), the City of Hamilton, Dofasco, and the generous support of corporations, foundations and individuals. Hamilton's Urban Design and Architecture Awards 2005 Winner: Excellence in Architectural Design.

In response to popular demand, the AGH altered its public hours of accessibility to open earlier on January 3, 2012 to open earlier. For Gallery Hours, click here.

In July 2012, the AGH launched an exciting new venture in the heart of the James Street North Arts District, the AGH Annex. The AGH Design Annex is a creativity lab where experimental exhibitions are mounted and intimate performances staged, complemented by an exciting home and office Art + Design Store and versatile venue rental space. Located at 118 James Street North in a beautifully restored early 20th century heritage building, the AGH Design Annex provides an alternate venue for AGH programming and events that is unique in Hamilton.

The Art Gallery of Hamilton is a registered charity charitable number:
10672 3588 RR0002.


Art Gallery of Hamilton, 2005. Photo by Vytas Beniusis of Dofasco Inc. Copyright 2005.

1977 - 2003
Art Gallery of Hamilton, 2003.

Art Gallery of Hamilton, 1952. Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library, Special Collections.

Art Gallery of Hamilton, 1914. Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library, Special Collections.

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