Trip Planner:   Canada  /  Ontario  /  Windsor  /  Museums  /  Art Gallery of Windsor
Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor
(3.2/5 based on 25 reviews on the web)
The Art Gallery of Windsor is a not-for-profit art institute in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.Established in 1943, the gallery has a mandate as a public art space to show significant works of art by local, regional, and national artists. The Art Gallery of Windsor has created, collected, presented, and conserved one of Ontario’s most significant collections of Canadian art, and is one of Windsor’s most notable cultural reserves.HistoryThe Art Gallery of Windsor was originally located in Walkerville’s Willistead Manor. The distinctive Tudor-Jacobean style building, built by architect Albert Kahn, housed the gallery from 1943 to 1975. It was during this period that the Art Gallery of Windsor was incorporated (1944) and developed the foundation of its collection of Canadian art.Under the direction of Kenneth Saltmarche the gallery acquired its first collection. In 1947, the Art Gallery of Windsor, or as it was known at the time, The Willistead Gallery, also became one of the founding members of The Southern Ontario Gallery Group, later known as the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.By 1958, attendance at Willistead Gallery overwhelmed the small space. Along with conflict between the Art Association, which controlled the gallery, and the library board from which it grew, the Windsor art movement was in danger of collapse. After approaching Windsor City Council to negotiate the situation, the Willistead Art Gallery became an independent institution with its own board of directors.
By using our Windsor tourist route planner, you can arrange your visit to Art Gallery of Windsor and other attractions in Windsor.
Source
Create a full Windsor itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Windsor

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Windsor by other users

30 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA January, kids, popular PREFERENCES: January, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Windsor BY A USER FROM CANADA October, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Windsor BY A USER FROM CANADA October, culture, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Windsor BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in Windsor BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN August, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA June, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Windsor, Munising & Mackinac Island BY A USER FROM CANADA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 59 days in Ontario BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 58 days in Ontario BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Ontario BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Ontario BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in United States & Windsor BY A USER FROM CANADA July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • 2 Floors of artwork by mainly local artists of the past century. I especially enjoyed the wall on the second floor displaying well over 50 paintings by numerous artists. This was especially pleasant t...  more »
  • The last time I went to the Art Gallery was in July of this year to celebrate my friends birthday, this is one of the places she wanted to visit on her day....she didn't have to twist my arm, I just w...  more »
  • We first went to visit the Art Gallery on a Monday only to find it closed. Please note that it's closed Mondays although the adjoining museum was open. We did return the next day and were very pleasan...  more »
Google
  • Went with my daughter's grade 2 field trip. It's a nice place but only so much interesting things for kids to look at. Many of the kids were pretty bored after an hour or so. Good for more mature cried who are into this sorry of thing.
  • I liked the exposition, but I found the museum a little small. The view is nice from the building.
  • I've enjoyed very much last year the "Supermen" cartoon exhibition, but also the paintings. Friendly staff. There is a motto I recall: "Art in the eyes of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art is a masculine prerogative". The view of the river from their balcony is great.
  • Decent gallery but I'm a little disappointed that the gallery now charges admission for what is considered a publicly funded collection.
  • This was a severely underwhelming experience relative to any art gallery I've ever visited, or any one ever. Second floor was inaccessible due to upgrades and third floor was a grand letdown. Do remember to step into this hallway where you can have a nice view of Detroit and the waterfront.