Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru
(4.7/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
The Aigantighe Art Gallery was established in 1956 and is one of Timaru's unique attractions for visitors. The gallery occupies the Edwardian mansion of James and Helen Grant, who not only gave the building and surrounding gardens to the people of South Canterbury, but also bequeathed their private art collection. A modern wing was added in 1978 to accommodate larger exhibitions and art storage.

The gallery's Gaelic name (pronounced "egg and tie") means "at home." Today it houses an extensive and diverse permanent art collection featuring New Zealand and international artworks from the seventeenth century to the present. English Victorian paintings are a particular strength of the collection, while New Zealand favourites Frances Hodgkins, C.F. Goldie, and Colin McCahon are also well represented.

The historic gallery is located on a sunny hill and its park-like grounds provide a superb backdrop and idyllic surroundings for viewing revolving exhibitions from the Aigantighe collection. The gallery also hosts locally generated and nationally touring exhibitions, and offers a wide range of fun activities for children all year round.
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  • A varied range of works displayed in an amazing historic home. with stimulating and inviting collections displayed both throughout the homestead and in the newer gallery wing. Activities including dre...  more »
  • Art and Art History-mad granddaughter makes this a must-visit on every trip to Timaru. Exhibitions and displays are varied and most interesting. Plus the added bonus of a magnificent old home and gard...  more »
  • I am more of a fan on the special events and art events than wandering the rooms looking at the art but everyone needs to see it at least once. Set in a very old house with fabulous gardens full of im...  more »
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  • The Aigantighe Art Gallery was founded in 1956 and is renowned today for its rich public art collection, innovative exhibitions, and inspiring education programmes. The Aigantighe prides itself on being a friendly and thought-provoking art museum for everyone.
  • Amazing collection of local art and beautiful premises.