With a prominent location near the Legislative Buildings and Portage Avenue, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is one of downtown Winnipeg’s most iconic landmarks. Now over a century old, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, or The WAG as it’s better known, has developed from a small civic gallery into what is today the sixth largest gallery in Canada.
The WAG's permanent collection is made up of around 24,000 pieces and what makes it unique is its emphasis on Canadian and in particular, Manitoba art. In fact with over 10,000 local works, The WAG can confidently lay claim to being home to the largest known collection of modern Inuit art anywhere in the world.
The various gallery spaces change approximately every three months and collections range from 16th century Flemish tapestries to 21st century digital art – and everything in between. Tours, lectures and other adult and family programs are all regularly available to allow you to get the most out of your visit.
If you are in town for an extended period, for something special and unique, enrol in an art class at the Studio Building. Term lengths are typically ten weeks but if you are a short-term visitor there’s nothing stopping you from taking part in the drop-in life drawing classes.
Along with the galleries, the main building houses a restaurant, rooftop gardens, meeting and lecture rooms and a 325-seat theatre auditorium. There’s also a gift shop, something you don’t need to pay entry to visit. Inside you’ll find lots of unique items for you to take home including jewellery, scarves, books, pottery, original art, and a host of other original treasures such as Inuit art.
The WAG is easy to find and is located in the heart of Winnipeg, If travelling by bus, hop off at the Southbound Vaughan at Portage North bus stop.