Home Art collection Find a moment of tranquility and new perspectives at the Art Museum

Find a moment of tranquility and new perspectives at the Art Museum

0

The various exhibitions in the museum take place for a few months before changing, so there are always new works of art presented to viewers, with more than about 10 exhibitions per year.

Marvels at Mac follows a student’s point of view, explores the campus, and discovers some of the coolest places students might not know about.


Brandon Bernard is a 5th year communications student. He was also a member of the McMaster men’s basketball team for five years. When not studying or in the field, he sits on McMaster’s Black Student Athlete Council and the Athletics Anti-Racism Advisory Group.

The McMaster Museum of Art is truly a work of art unto itself. The museum features five gallery spaces on two levels, each outfitted with stunning paintings and sculptures that beckon viewers to come in and gaze at them. The museum also creates such a calm and relaxing ambience that it feels like you don’t have to speak any louder than a whisper, so it’s a great getaway if you want some quiet time surrounded by beautiful works of art. ‘art.

The museum manages McMaster’s impressive collection of over three thousand works of art, housed in climate-controlled conditions. It also offers programs and exhibits throughout the school year to the McMaster community.

The various exhibitions in the museum take place for a few months before changing, so there are always new works of art presented to viewers, with more than about 10 exhibitions per year.

On the second level of the galleries, the museum has a space called Antiquities. It features ancient relics which are extremely cool. If you happen to visit today, they currently display ancient coins from Rome and Greece in pristine condition, even after millennia.

McMaster began its art collection before moving to Hamilton from Bloor Street in Toronto in 1930. When the university moved, it began holding exhibitions at Mills Memorial Library. The overall art collection continued to grow, and in 1967 McMaster opened a dedicated space as an art gallery in Togo Salmon Hall, before moving to its current home in the heart of campus in 1994.

Fun fact: Admission is free!

The museum offers fun programs for community members and students, 15-minute art tours every Wednesday starting September 14, and free self-guided sketches Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m., starting September 14. September 8. architecture tours and campus sculpture tours if you scan the QR code at the front of the building.

At the end of the school year, the museum also hosts the BFA Graduation Exhibition, named SUMMA, where graduating students from the BFA program display their artwork to the McMaster community.

The Museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (7 p.m. on Thursday).

Visit museum.mcmaster.ca and follow @macmuseum on Instagram/Twitter for updates on upcoming exhibits and programs throughout the school year!