Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru

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Art Gallery Museum
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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  • we went to the Aigantighe Art Gallery with high hopes, but only a small part was accessible, which was disappointing. The part in the old historic house (where we especially wanted to go), was not acc...  more »
  • The house and garden are lovely.The sculptures in the garden left me cold but some of the paintings inside the house were truly great  more »
  • Beautiful gardens for kids to run around. Awsome staff. Very friendly and helpful. The kids I look after love visiting the art gallery. Awsome atmosphere Love checking out all the new displays. Kids l...  more »
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  • Amazing arts on displayed. The scuplturs at the garden are so beautiful as well.
  • Great atmosphere. Caring staff.
  • 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.
  • Well set out and things for kids to do
  • Only stopped to pick.up a friend