1280 Main St. West
L9H 3R4
Phone: 905-525-9140 x.23081
Website: www.mcmaster.ca/museum

McMaster Museum Of Art

The McMaster Museum of Art is a cultural meeting place, actively developing relationships and fostering exchange between artists and McMaster University’s diverse community.

McMaster University boasts an impressive permanent collection of more than 6,000 works of art. The McMaster Museum of Art, founded in 1967, houses that collection and presents national and international exhibitions of works by a range of artists, from groundbreaking contemporary visionaries to historical masters. More than 20 exhibitions annually are presented in the state-of-the-art facility’s five galleries, and complemented by visiting artist talks, panel discussions, workshops, publications and other related programmes .

Permanent Collection

Highlights from the permanent collection include:

- the Herman H. Levy Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art including Courbet, Monet, Pissarro, van Gogh, Utrillo and Braque
- the Denner Wallace Collection of early 20th century German prints, a nationally and internationally recognized specialist collection of German Expressionist art
- a nucleus of European Old Master paintings and European prints from the 16th to 20th centuries
- a survey collection of Canadian historical and contemporary art
- Inuit art with emphasis on Cape Dorset prints and sculpture
- 20th century European modernist and contemporary art from the Fauves, Nicholson and Rodchenko to Beuys, Kiefer, Kapoor and Gormley

The McMaster Museum of Art's permanent collection of over 6,000 works represents the history of art in a diversity of media from ancient times to the present. It is recognized internationally for its specialist collection of early twentieth-century German prints and outstanding European paintings, drawings and prints, including a donation by Hamilton businessman Dr. Herman Herzog Levy O.B.E. of his own private collection. There are also significant holdings of Cape Dorset prints, sculptures and artifacts as well as a finely focussed collection of historical and contemporary Canadian art.

The development of the collection that the Museum now houses is closely linked to the history and educational mandate of McMaster University. From its origins in Toronto in 1887 until its move to Hamilton in 1930, the University commissioned and collected works of art which included paintings of biblical subjects and University dignitaries for display in offices and ceremonial...+ [ Read all ]


For information about our current exhibitions, upcoming and past shows please visit our website, http://www.mcmaster.ca/museum/exhibitions.htm


Pay what you can, with a suggested donation of $2.00. Students, seniors and members are always free.

Opening hours

Tue/Wed/Fri 11 am - 5 pm
Thursday 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday 12 - 5 pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays,
statutory holidays, and for one week between Christmas and New Years.

Getting there

The Museum is located at the centre of the University campus at the corner of Sterling Street and University Avenue with the entrance facing west. It is easily reached by public transport with buses stopping at the door. Paid parking is nearby.

For specific driving instructions please consult our website


The Museum building and all gallery levels are wheelchair accessible.

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