Students having a conversation outside the Owens Art Gallery

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The Owens Art Gallery is located on the campus of Mount Allison University. It is Canada’s oldest university art gallery and the custodian of an important collection of over 4,000 works spanning the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. The Owens occupies its original building, which opened to the public in 1895, and was designed in the beaux-arts style by Edmund Burke, one of Canada’s most influential architects. We welcome visitors seven days a week, all year round. Admission to the Gallery and all its programs is free.

The Owens Reception Desk is staffed entirely by Mount Allison University students. Our student receptionists are knowledgeable about the Gallery and its programs, and they are always happy to offer information on exhibitions and other Owens events.

The Owens Art Gallery and Mount Allison University are located on the unceded, ancestral lands of the Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqiyik Nations. While this area is known as Sackville, NB, it is part of the Siknikt District the greater territory of Mi'kma'ki. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship,” which the Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqiyik first signed with the British Crown in 1725.


The Owens will be closed for exhibition installation from 26 August to 5 September

Our next exhibition, Automatisme Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, Performance, opens on 6 September; the opening reception will take on
13 September at 7:00 pm

Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 pm
Open extended hours for exhibition openings and special events.

Closed on Holidays.

61 York Street
Sackville, New Brunswick
E4L 1E1

T: 506-364-2574
F: 506-364-2575


Venue Access

The stairs to the Owens from the entrance nearest the University chapel have a handrail. There is also ramp access at this entrance, however, the ramp is steep. The stairs to the Owens entrance off York Street do not have a handrail. The main floor of the Owens is wheelchair accessible. Our second floor gallery is not accessible. Two flights of stairs lead to the second floor. The Owens welcomes guide dogs and other service animals.

Bathrooms (women’s and men’s) are located in the basement and are not wheelchair accessible. Two flights of stairs lead to the basement.

There are two reserved accessible parking spaces on the York Street side of the Gallery and one in the circular driveway adjacent to the Gallery.


Other Services

All resources are free and available from the front desk on any visit to the Owens.

Kindle E-Readers
Customizable large-print versions of all gallery text, including labels, wall text, video transcripts, and catalogue essays, are available on Kindle E-Readers. These Kindles also feature dyslexic font and text-to-speech options. Front desk staff are able to provide an introduction and support for Kindle users.

When possible, the Owens provides open captioning for videos included in exhibitions. Transcripts are availble on Kindle E-Readers at the front desk.

EnChroma Colour-Enhancing Glasses
Three pairs of EnChroma glasses are available for visitors to borrow. This includes one pair for children (ages 10+), one pair for adults, and one fit-over pair for adult glasses wearers. EnChroma glasses allow visitors with red-green colour blindness the ability to see a broader spectrum of colours.

Ear Protection
Ear protection provides a sensory-friendly option for young visitors during busy public programs, or when experiencing installations with audio components.

Although the Owens is only partially accessible, our goal is to have a barrier-free facility within the next ten years.

For further information please contact the Owens front desk, 506-364-2574.


Photography, for personal use only, is permitted in the gallery.

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