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Winnipeg’s Best Exhibition Galleries

These gorgeous exhibition galleries showcase the best of local, national and international artists. Ever-changing exhibits are sure to be thought-provoking and well-curated.


Head upstairs to the second floor of this Exchange District exhibition gallery where local contemporary artists whose work is non-commercial, experimental or multi-disciplinary in nature and professional in quality are showcased.
Pictured: Emily Hermant, Spatial Drawings

Hours: Tue-Sat noon-5 pm
Admission: Free
Location: 290 McDermot Ave, 2nd floor, 204‑944‑9763

Buhler Gallery

This gallery is tucked inside the St. Boniface Hospital, and exhibits Canadian and local visual artists. It aims to engage visitors with visual arts programming, music, readings, and performances, as well as to offer a place of meditation.
Pictured:  Russell Yuristy, Sunflowers, 1978

Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am-8 pm, Sat & Sun 12 pm-4 pm
Admission: Free
Location: St. Boniface Hospital, 409 Taché Ave, 204-235-3392

C2 Centre For Craft

This renovated space boasts an art gallery, shop, and the Manitoba crafts museum and library. Focused on fine craft, the centre showcases traditional and contemporary pieces from local artist members and a rotating display of 10,000 artifacts.
Pictured: artwork by Terry Hildebrand

Hours: Wed-Sat 12 pm-4 pm
Admission: Free, by donation
Location: 1-329 Cumberland Ave, 204‑615‑3951

The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre

This artist-run space showcases modern works from local artists, many of whom work on-site, as well as a rotation of solo and group exhibits. Artists also run several photography and ceramic workshops with a year-end exhibit for all students to showcase their work.

Hours: Wed & Thu 2 pm-5 pm, Fri-Sun 2 pm-6 pm, Mon & Tue by appt
Admission: Free
Location: 210-611 Main St, 204-947-2992

La Galerie

Housed in the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, this gallery showcases exhibits of contemporary art by Manitoba and Canadian artists. This is a great gallery to come to just for the art, or to explore while waiting for a table at Stella’s Cafe or between one of the centre’s many events.
Pictured: Painting by Shaun Finnigan

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am-11 pm, Sat & Sun 9 am-10 pm
Admission: Free
Location: Centre culturel franco-manitobain, 340 Provencher Blvd, 204-233-8972

Gallery 1C03

In the middle of the University of Winnipeg’s campus just past the escalators, this white-washed space displays contemporary and experimental programming, and is open to the public. The gallery has been running for more than 30 years and is also responsible for maintaining the University’s art collection, which contains 1,163 works.

Hours: Mon-Fri 12 pm-4 pm, Sat 1 pm-4 pm
Admission: Free
Location: 1st floor, Centennial Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave, 204-786‑9253

Graffiti Gallery

This boundary-pushing gallery highlights graffiti-style artwork. Here you’ll see aerosol spray paintings on large canvasses displayed in a funky warehouse space. The space also offers workshops and runs a satellite studio in Portage Place Mall downtown.
Pictured: Dany Reede, Past Conduits mural 

Hours: Mon & Thu 9:30 am-9 pm, Tue, Wed, Fri 9:30 am-5 pm
Admission: Free
Location: 109 Higgins Ave, 204‑667‑9960


This narrow Exchange District art gallery near Chinatown features contemporary artwork by local and international artists in rotating solo exhibitions from both established and emerging artists.
Pictured: local artist Christian Worthington, maquette

Hours: Fri 7 pm -10 pm, Sat 1 pm-5 pm
Admission: Free
Location: 211 Pacific Ave, 204‑226-2357

La Maison des Artistes Visuels Francophones

Housed in the main floor of St. Boniface’s historical former city hall, this gallery features exhibitions of artwork by local Francophone artists. Head outside to explore a reflection of the French community in all its forms in the permanent year-round sculpture garden.

Pictured: Laura St. Pierre, Museum of Future History

Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat 12 pm-5 pm, Thu 12 pm-7 pm.
Admission: Free
Location: 219 Provencher Blvd, 204-237-5964

Martha Street Studio

Located in the city’s historic Exchange District, this hands-on 4,000 sq ft studio showcases multiple exhibits throughout the year, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at print making, silk screening and etching. Artworks and Studio Editions are also for sale in the gallery.
Pictured: Shaw Russell, This Fragile Dwelling Place

Hours: Tues-Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat 12 pm-5 pm
Admission: Free
Location: 11 Martha St, 204‑779‑6253

Mentoring Artists For Women's Art (MAWA)

This non-profit organization supports the intellectual and creative development of women in visual arts through a variety of programs, including artist mentorship. The gallery exhibits local and Canadian artists, and concludes each year with a showcase for mentee graduates.
Pictured: Colleen Leduc, Banking Memories

Hours: Wed-Fri 10 am-4 pm
Admission: Free
Location: 611 Main St, 204‑949‑9490

MHC Gallery

This multi-level gallery located at the Canadian Mennonite University prides itself on showcasing art from a myriad of cultures. Exhibits are often based on religious and humanitarian issues.
Pictured: Yisa Akinbolaji, Stolen Identity

Hours: Mon‑Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Sat 12 pm‑5 pm
Admission: Free
Location: 600 Shaftesbury Blvd, 204‑888‑6781

Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts

Located on the main floor of the city’s Artspace building in the heart of the Exchange District, this one-room gallery exhibits photographic, digital arts projects, and rotating exhibitions throughout the year.
Pictured: Photograph by Pao Houa

Hours: Tue-Sat 11 am-4 pm
Admission: Free
Location: 121-100 Arthur St, 204-942-8183

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art

This downtown gallery is one of the country’s most well-known and innovative exhibition galleries, and is Canada’s first ICA. It has been exhibiting local and international work in all forms of media since 1972.
Pictured: Shannon Bool, Cathedral/Castle Installation View at Peles Empire 

Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri 12 pm-6 pm, Thu 12 pm-8 pm, Sat & Sun 12 pm-5 pm.
Admission: Free
Location: Unit 1-460 Portage Ave, 204-942-1043

Urban Shaman

This not-for-profit exhibition gallery is located across the hall from aceartinc in the Exchange District, and features contemporary regional, national and international Indigenous art in a variety of media, including print, photography and film. With each exhibit, artist talks and/or workshops are held.
Photo: Courtesy of Ndinawe Youth Centre

Hours: Tue-Sat 12 pm-5 pm
Admission: Free
Location: 203‑290 McDermot Ave, 204‑942‑2674


Housed in a charming carriage-style building, The Pavilion Gallery Museum at Assiniboine Park is home to the largest collection of works by Ivan Eyre, Walter J. Phillips and Clarence Tillenius. The Pavilion also features visiting exhibitions year-round, curated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Children will love the Pooh Gallery, featuring the beloved story book character, located on the 2nd floor.
Pictured: Painting by Philips Dzama

Hours: Mon-Sun 9 am-5 pm
Admission: Free
Location: Assiniboine Park, 55 Pavilion Cres, 204-927-6000

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Canada’s 6th largest and oldest civic gallery in Canada, the WAG features nine galleries with constantly changing exhibitions of local, Canadian and international art, including works from its own collection of contemporary Inuit art. Construction is currently underway for the addition of the Inuit Art Centre.

Hours: Tue-Thu, Sat & Sun 11 am-5 pm, Fri 11 am-9 pm
Admission: WAG members free, adults $12, seniors/students $10, children 5 and under free, family (
up to 2 adults and up to 4 children under 18) $28
Location: 300 Memorial Blvd, 204‑786‑6641