Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Arts & Culture


With locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada. Each year, more than 60,000 visitors from across the province, throughout Canada, and around the world are welcomed into our spaces. The AGNS is responsible for acquiring, preserving and exhibiting works of art, and for providing education in the visual arts. The Permanent Collection currently holds more than 19,000 works and includes more than 4,000 artists.


The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is an inclusive public gathering place that connects people with art to inspire new ways of thinking.


The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia seeks to present the most vital and engaging contemporary art from around the world. We will embrace tradition and the past by applying a contemporary viewpoint that addresses relevant issues and challenges perspectives.

Our Impact

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia relies on support from individuals like you to enhance access to art and make a significant impact in communities across the province by:

  • Connecting people with art to inspire new ways of thinking. Tens of thousands of visitors and program participants are inspired each year by engaging with the AGNS through visits and activities.
  • Shifting the narrative through exhibitions that offer bold new ways of looking at the world. The Gallery’s temporary and Permanent Collection exhibitions feature local, national, and international artists and present divergent worldviews that challenge dominant narratives.
  • Building and sustaining community partnerships that help us continue to break barriers and find new ways for visitors to access art programs in the galleries and in communities across Nova Scotia.

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How your gift will be used

When you support the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia by leaving a gift in your will, you are strengthening the arts and enhancing our ability to offer rewarding experiences, deliver educational opportunities, and connect communities across Nova Scotia with art.

Your generosity through your planned gift creates a lasting impact by helping us achieve our priorities, now and in the future, including:

  • Dissolving barriers for young learners. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia provides access to art opportunities in schools across the province. Every year, thousands of school-aged youth and children receive curriculum-connected programs facilitated by local artists and educators that introduces them to art in the AGNS’ Permanent Collection and fortifies their appreciation for creative pursuits.
  • Leading the way for health and wellness. Longstanding partnerships with community organizations such as Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia, Autism Nova Scotia, Wonder’neath Art Society, local hospitals, and more, ensure that health and wellness are integrated into our annual offerings.
  • Prioritizing local art and artists. Preservation and conservation of Nova Scotian and Atlantic-Canadian art is at the forefront of our mission. As the home of Maud Lewis’ treasured house, folk art takes centre stage in the telling of art from this region.

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