For those who love art, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a place to visit and plunge into the beauty of arts from various parts of the world. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is located in a residential area just outside of downtown Victoria and is known as a landmark institution in Victoria. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is in an historic mansion structure from the mid-century and contains various Art work from renewed local BC artists as well as other Asian Art collections. The Art Gallery has the largest public collection in BC With about 17,000 works of art, and plays a major role in Victoria’s artist community.
Attractions around the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria:
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) is located just within a couple of kilometers from downtown of Victoria, which is about 30 mins walk. Nevertheless, it’s located within just a few minutes’ walk to other popular destinations:
- Craigdarroch Castle – to plunge into Victorian-era by admiring historic, Scottish Baronial mansion of late 1800s;
- Government House of British Columbia – to visit the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, as well as that in Victoria of the Canadian monarch.
About Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
When it first opened in 1951, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria exhibited art in the historic 1889 mansion that is now adjacent to its seven modern galleries. With almost 20,000 works of art, the Art Gallery has the largest public collection in BC and is a vibrant and active part of Victoria’s artist community.
From 2001 to 2003, the galleries were extensively renovated and fitted with state-of-the-art heating and ventilation systems, making the Art Gallery have a top-class climate control systems in Canada. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria displays diverse variety of exhibitions including outstanding Asian collections and Canadian historical collections, the Art Gallery also commissioning and hosting popular world-wide contemporary exhibitions. The Artwork of British Columbia’s foremost historical artist Emily Carr is permanently displayed at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. In recent years, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has been known presenting outstanding collections by both the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council.
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a wonderful destination for art lovers looking for interesting Asian pieces and also Emily Carr paintings. Don’t miss the dollhouse on the 1st floor – it is quite impressive!
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Property
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is found in a mansion known as the Spencer Mansion which was a donation from Miss Sarah Spencer in 1951, built in 1889 and designed by William Ridgeway Wilson. Initially the property extended from Fort Street to Rockland Avenue with stables and a coach house, two tennis courts and gardens. In 2004, the mansion was painted with colors representing the original Queen Anne style. Today the Mansion contains the following:
- A Gallery Shop presenting handmade pottery, jewelry, scarves and other beautiful crafts by local artisans for purchase.
- Art Rental & Sales, with over 100 artworks done by emerging and established local artists, individuals or businesses can purchase art or rent it for a low monthly fee.
- Administrative offices here you can inquire about renting the Mansion for meetings, weddings or other special occasions.
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria also has a Garden in which other artworks from around the world are displayed, like authentic Shinto shrines outside of Japan showcased in an Asian Garden boasted as the only one in North America. The Shrine is impeccably situated among bamboo and Japanese maples and is a perfect example of the architecture of a Meiji period Shinto Shrine.
Services available at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria offers tours which are available at a fee. Various types of tours can be arranged they include:
- Drop-In Tours – offer visitors a chance to learn more about current exhibitions through guided tours.
- Family Tours – for a fun, conversation-based tour experience with the family.
- Group Tours – group’s specific needs and interests are included in this tour.
- School Tours – for grades 1-12, the Gallery offers this tours.
Senior (65 years) $11
Student (with ID) $11
Youth (6-17 years) $2.50
Child (5 years and under) Free
Family (2 adults + youth) $28
To find out more about the membership, please follow the link.
You can also visit the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria events calendar for a schedule of upcoming tours and events. They organize a number of events throughout the year, some of them are only limited to members.
Victoria Art Gallery also provides unique opportunity to rent some pieces of art or rent the mansion for your events. To learn more about Art Rentals and Sales, call 250.384.4171 x222 or email [email protected].
Travelling to Central Branch of Greater Victoria Public Library.
If you would like to drive to AGGV, there is free parking just in front of the gallery.
In case all the parking spots are taken, you can park on Moss Street with 2 hours limitation.
If you prefer to use the bus, please check the BC Transit schedule here.