Winnipeg Art Galleries, Museums, Supplies & More

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Today we will all be going on a deep dive into art in Winnipeg and our opening section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.

After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.

If you are after any specific section you can jump straight to it using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Winnipeg art map with all of the various places we mention throughout the post pinned on it.

Those who are interested can read some of our other posts for cities around Canada.

Best Art Galleries & Museums In Winnipeg

If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Winnipeg you can go to:

The Manitoba Museum is open from 10am to 4pm every day but Monday when they are closed and it is the province’s largest non-profit historical and science learning facility as they are well-known for their vivid depictions of Manitoba’s rich and diverse history as well as their Planetarium shows and Science Gallery exhibits. The Nonsuch which is a full-size 17th-century sailing vessel and the Urban Gallery which transports you to Winnipeg in the 1920’s are among the highlights.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is open from 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday while staying open until 9pm on Friday and has risen to become one of the country’s top visual art museums with an international reputation. The WAG was one of Canada’s earliest civic art galleries that was founded in 1912 and is housed in an iconic modernist building in the heart of downtown. Qaumajuq (the Inuit art center) is a contemporary architectural landmark that connects to the WAG building on all four levels and currently WAG-Qaumajuq has a collection of nearly 27,000 artworks spanning eras, civilizations, and medi, including the world’s biggest public collection of contemporary Inuit art.

For an Aboriginal artist-run center committed to satisfying the needs of creators by providing a vehicle for artistic expression in all disciplines and at all levels as well as assuming a leadership role in the nurturing of Indigenous art in your area check out Urban Shaman.

Ace Art is an Artist-Run Centre formed in 1983 in Canada’s Exchange District that displays five major exhibitions by contemporary visual artists each year and welcomes submissions from all emerging contemporary artists and curators working in any medium to the annual call for submissions in August. The gallery also sponsors a number of ongoing projects and one-time events, and is the proud home of Flux Gallery and the Cartae Open School.

The Graffiti Gallery’s Urban TALKS Speaker Series provides a platform for budding young painters to exhibit their work and it is held four times a year featuring four major topics each of which involves an art display at the Graffiti Gallery as well as various workshops incorporating the chosen topic or form. You can head over from noon to 4pm daily to see all that they have to offer throughout the year.

Founded in 1972 as a non-profit exhibition space directed by a board of practicing artists near you Plug In began as one of the first and few institutions on the prairies to focus solely on modern art and it has maintained this approach while significantly expanding its vision. Just don’t go on Monday because they are closed all day but they open at noon the rest of the week.

Platform is an artist-run center that investigates the expanded role of photography in contemporary works and is a multidisciplinary center that supports and promotes artists from the local, national, and worldwide communities.

Woodlands Gallery is open from 10am to 5:30pm Tuesday through Friday and until 5pm on Saturday and was founded in 1984 displaying a diverse range of modern Canadian artists and providing skilled custom framing and consultancy. Woodlands Gallery has also become one of Manitoba’s most well-known destinations for purchasing original artwork due to its diverse roster, pleasant atmosphere, and excellent customized service.

Since its inception as Gallery One One One in 1965 the School of Art Gallery has served the University of Manitoba and the greater community. It has been prominently located as the physical and philosophical doorway to the ARTlab, a cutting-edge facility that conceptually frames the Gallery as a venue of both research and display since 2012. You can visit them from 8:30am to 5pm on weekdays though on Thursday nights the doors remain open until 8pm.

The Wayne Arthur Gallery is open from 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday featuring some of Manitoba’s top creators working in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, fiber, printing, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, glass, and photography. Wayne Arthur Sculpture & Craft Gallery originally debuted on December 1, 1995 at his home in St. Andrews near Oak Hammock Marsh.

Materials & Supplies Near You

New materials or supplies can be purchased at art stores in your area like:

Since 1977 Artists Emporium has provided its clients with high-quality products as a Canadian corporation with 10,000 square feet of shop space and over 100,000 goods and they are constantly increasing their product ranges while being dedicated to keeping a high level of inventory at affordable rates.

The University of Manitoba Bookstore is open to the greater public and has a huge selection of merchandise for the novice, student, and professional.

Some of the greatest products and expertise to the ceramics and pottery community in the intention of inspiring people is what you get from The Sounding Stone.

Artist Brushes and Art Classes Willow Wolfe is a best-selling artist paint brush designer and award-winning art instructor.

Shows & Events

Some of the top local art shows, events, and festivals would be:

The Architecture + Design Film Festival (A+DFF) showcases critically acclaimed films that explore the role of architecture and design in everyday life. The films cover a wide range of design-related issues such as architecture and urban design as well as graphics and product design while being Canada’s first festival dedicated completely to architecture and design.

For a fun two-week festival hosted yearly in August by the Folk Arts Council of Winnipeg check out Folklorama where visitors from all over the world sample wonderful meals and celebrate various cultures and nations. It is the world’s longest-running multi-cultural event as well as one of the largest.

Visitors can meet and speak with participating artists at their individual booths presenting and selling their art including paintings, prints, books, sculpture, glass, photography, and textiles at Art Expo which is Manitoba’s largest professional art show and sale.

Nuit Blanche Winnipeg is a free nocturnal study and celebration of contemporary art that serves as the kickoff to Culture Days Manitoba. Since 2010 the events and displays have drawn tens of thousands of visitors to St. Boniface, Downtown, the Exchange District, The Forks, and the West End.

Culture Days generally begins around the end of September and runs through much of October.

Don’t forget about First Fridays in The Exchange District where many awesome creative spaces in your area show off their latest works and we will be linking you to them in the art walks section.

Art Dealers & Appraisers

Art dealers and appraisers are where you can encounter new unique works or learn the value of something you already own:

Soul Gallery provides a one-of-a-kind experience of viewing art in one’s own home with a wide range of modern fine art by local, national, and international creators.

Loch Gallery has been run by the same family since 1972 specializing in significant historical works from Canada and Europe as well as known contemporary artists with a focus on paintings and sculptures.

With over 45 years of experience in high-end historical and contemporary Canadian works Mayberry Fine Art provides expertise near you in a wide range of services including professional consultations on building quality art collections, custom framing, restoration, shipping, and storage.

At Nunavut Inuit sculptures from practically every region of Nunavut are available including Baker Lake, Cape Dorset, Arviat, Kimmirut, Pelly Bay, and others.

Walking Tours

On a sunny day try out one of these local art walking tours:

Everyone is invited to tour private artists’ studios, art galleries, and artist run centers on the first Friday of each month and are encouraged to support Exchange shops and restaurants.

Sculptures & Statues

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These statues and sculptures can also be fun to check out:

  • Leo Mol Sculpture Garden at Assiniboine Park Dr
  • Famous Five Monument at 60 Osborne St N
  • Louis Riel Sculpture at the Manitoba Legislative Building
  • Michel de Broin at 219 Provencher Blvd
  • Great Wise Owl at 1 Forks Market Rd
  • Emptyful at 251 Donald St

Leo Mol Sculpture Garden is located on Assiniboine Park’s Northwestern side and was created as a result of Dr. Mol’s generous gift of his wonderful bronze pieces and works to the community in which he lived. The garden also houses the Leo Mol Gallery as well as the Leo Mol School House Studio.

The bronze sculpture of the Famous Five who were the five women whose Supreme Court of Canada challenge in 1929 resulted in women being legally recognized as persons under the British North America Act was unveiled on June 18, 2010. The monument is one of three on the grounds of the Legislative Building focusing on women and was created by local sculptor Helen Granger Young for the Nellie McClung Foundation at an estimated cost of $750,000.

Marcien Lemay and Etienne Gaboury’s controversial statue of Riel was unveiled in December 1971 and was originally housed at the Legislature before being relocated to the College Universitaire de St. Boniface in 1995.

The Michel de Broin project was commissioned for the newly developed Jardin de sculptures through the local Arts Council’s Public Art Program in collaboration with La Maison des artistes visuels. The garden is located on public land in the city’s French quarter and will eventually consist of about twenty permanent works of varying sizes as well as a number of temporary works and an in situ space for creation.

The metal sculpture of a Great Wise Owl which is Manitoba’s provincial bird is located near the northeast entrance of the Forks Market Building and includes depictions of local animals.

Emptyful is a sculpture by Vancouver artist Bill Pechet that is over 10 meters tall and made of stainless steel, lights, water, and fog. It was created as part of the Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada project and the Public Art Program of the local Arts Council.

Winnipeg Art Classes

It doesn’t matter if you want private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults the best art schools in Winnipeg are:

The Forum Art Centre was founded in 1964 and has always strived to provide fine art instruction in a welcoming environment. At their facility in St. Boniface they provide lessons to the public in the form of classes, camps, workshops, studio time, and forums.

Since 1993 the Paradise Art School in your area has encouraged students to learn, use their imaginations, and have fun through challenging yet age-appropriate concepts. They provide beginner, intermediate, and advanced level art classes in drawing, painting, and sculpture and limit enrollment to allow for personalized instruction and nurturing of each student’s work

For a fine arts after-school program that is a one-of-a-kind program for children aged 5 to 13 to allow them to explore and develop their own creativity while also learning about the history of art around the world consider MAYArt-school.

The Artful Owl has classes with the goal to instill visual literacy in participants through hands-on history learning.

Studios For Rent Near You

You can potentially rent studio space at:

Cre8ery Gallery and Studio is a commercial gallery and family business located on the second floor of 125 Adelaide Street in the lively Exchange District.

ARTlington Studios and Gallery is a multi-faceted historical structure that has art studio space on the first, second, and third floors where members have access to a gallery and event space on the first floor as well as an open-concept studio space on the second floor which was recently added.

Also known as the Manitoba Printmakers Association, The Martha Street Studio is a member-based non-profit organization that was founded to promote aesthetic and technical excellence in the fine art of printmaking  including intaglio, relief, lithography, silkscreen, and monoprints. Digital prints and printing are now available too.


For art framing services in Winnipeg try:

Warehouse Artworks has been selling paintings and frames in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District for over 40 years while also carrying a big selection of original work in a variety of media by local Canadian artists

One of the widest range of ready-to-hang wall decor in Canada can be found at Pictures-Frames & More as well as ready-made frames, jersey cases, and custom framing alternatives.

If you visit Lacosse Gallery framed works on paper, fabric, or canvas, photographs, keepsakes, and even your children’s artwork will survive longer.

But Is It Art Framing Gallery maintains the highest level of work quality and can assist you in displaying your most precious belongings.

Framing and Art Center offers great prices and products, excellent customer service, and a lifetime guarantee on quality and workmanship as well as framing services to individuals and corporations. They are available for on-site visits to determine the art and framing needs that will help your office or home stand out.

Frame Works & Gallery provides experienced custom frame services as well as design and layout consultations. Anything from letters to jerseys and tapestries can be framed.

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Have Fun Enjoying The Winnipeg Art Scene

Hopefully we did a fair job of covering the local art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.

Those of you who stuck around this long might also know a lot about what is going down around town. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if you noticed anything incorrect.

Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies, or doing anything that has to do with art in Winnipeg!

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This post and all of the posts on our site are edited by Dan Soloman who has been a huge fan of art since he was a little kid. His mother was a good local artist, and she taught him the trade from a very early age. He studied art and its history in both high school and college, has worked at multiple galleries, and recently has begun creating and editing online content for this site and some other online media platforms.


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