Thunder Bay


P.O. Box 10193
P7B 6T7
Phone: 807 577 6427
Fax: 807 577 3781

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Since 1976, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery has served the needs of Northwestern Ontario artists and art audiences while providing an important link to other cultural centres.
As the region's largest public gallery facility, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery's three-fold mandate is:
- to research, collect and exhibit the work of contemporary First Nations artists
- to promote, encourage and exhibit the works of local and regional artists
- to host travelling exhibitions from other art galleries and museums

With three gallery spaces that change exhibitions approximately every 6 weeks, there is always something new to capture the public's imagination. In addition to an ambitious exhibition schedule, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery offers a wide range of educational programs and community outreach services. Art classes for all ages, visiting artist lectures and workshops, and a unique Gift Shop are all part of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery experience.
Centrally located on the campus of Confederation College, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery can be approached from both Edward and Balmoral Streets. The building's exterior is clearly marked with six outdoor sculptures by artists Ahmoo Angeconeb, Mary Anne Barkhouse and Michael Belmore, which are part of the Gallery's Permanent Collection.

Permanent Collection

Among public art galleries in Canada, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery emerges as a unique institution that is dedicated to the collection of contemporary First Nations art. Over the Years, the Collection has grown exceptionally with the addition of numerous acquisitions made by purchase or gift. Today the Permanent Collection numbers over 1,200 works and reflects the diversity and depth of contemporary First Nations art practice across this country.


Allen Sapp: The Quiet Life - until March 1, 2009. A Day in the Life of Saskatchewan, Canada, reserves circa 1970's visit for more.
From Lansdowne House: The Wood Carvings of Norman Moonias - until March 1. The life of an Aboriginal trapper in the 1930's to 1950's, Visit for more.
Shaping the New Forest: Large format photos of tree planting in British Columbia, until March 31. Visit for details.
Permanent Collection: Bob Boyer and Benjamin Chee Chee. Visit for details.

Exhibitions (6)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

hunter/gatherer: Vid Ingelevics, Organized by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery. Hunter platforms and stocked wood piles. for details.


Adults - $3.00, Seniors and Students - $1.50, Children Under 12 - Free,
Gallery Members - Free
Admission Free Wednesdays

Opening hours

Tuesday to Thursday - 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
Friday to Sunday - 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm

Getting there

Corner of Harbour Expressway and Balmoral St.


The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is accessible for people using wheelchairs.

A visit to the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is not complete without browsing through Gallery Gifts - a unique shop that offers finely crafted, Canadian-made gifts for all occasions. Featuring a wide range of hand-made jewellery, pottery, blown glass, metal and wood work, and other arts-related merchandise.
Gallery Gifts is the perfect place to discover 'one-of-a-kind' birthday, wedding, shower, retirement, and Christmas presents for personal or corporate gift-giving. Come and see our wonderful array of gift items ranging from candles and cards to pottery and prints. Our exquisite amber and sterling silver jewelry is the perfect gift for special occasions or to treat yourself.
Hours: Tuesday - Thursday noon - 8 pm, Friday - Sunday noon - 5 pm

Museum internal and external photos (4)

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Learn about, and practice, wood carving in conjunction with the Norman Moonias exhibition From Lansdowne House.


Your support directly contributes to the Gallery's ability to deliver quality visual arts programming to the people of Thunder Bay and the surrounding area.

Members enjoy a number of special benefits including:
- invitations to all Gallery openings and special events
- unlimited free admission to the Gallery
- newsletter mailings
- discounts on art classes and purchases made at Gallery Gifts
- free admission to many Ontario art museums and galleries (please call for listings)
- complimentary guest passes
- voting rights at the annual general meeting
- opportunity to serve on the board of directors

There are many different membership categories and levels of support from which to choose. Please call the Gallery to find out more about becoming a member.