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McMaster Art Gallery Free Private Tour: An Afternoon Of Beauty and Inspiration!

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McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University

McMaster University · Hamilton, ON

How to find us

The Museum is located at the centre of the University campus at the corner of Sterling Street and University Avenue (Attached to Mills Memorial Library) with the entrance facing west. Paid parking is nearby (check the web site in the write up).

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Established in 1967 at McMaster University, the Museum presents free, public exhibitions of historical, modern, and contemporary art and related events. It is home to the University’s collection of more than 6,000 objects.

This "private" tour is limit is 40 people (14 Adventures In Hamilton members plus 13 Hamilton Trail Blazer`s and 13 Always Hiking members). To be fair to everyone please try your best not to cancel after October 20th.--Thank you. When one group fills up I will add spots from the other groups until all the openings are filled. The tour is about an hour and then if the weather is fine the outdoor artwork will be explained as well. The event is free but they do have a donation box in which they hope to receive $2.00 (or more) per person.

Do come on out and enjoy another beautiful gallery of Hamilton. Take advantage of the day and join me in exploring this cultural gem.

Please arrive early to find parking as we will meet up for 1:50 pm. at the doors:

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Here is a sample of what awaits our viewing pleasure:

Ursula Johnson: Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember):

Ursula Johnson’s practice ranges from fine craft and traditional Indigenous art forms through performance and installation. Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember) examines ideas of ancestry, identity and cultural practice. Johnson deconstructs and manipulates the function and image of Mi’kmaw basketry, using traditional techniques to build non-functional forms.
In Mi’kwite’tmn, Johnson creates three distinct spaces. A “Museological Grand Hall”, “Archive Room” and “Performative Space”.
Ursula Johnson is an Interdisciplinary Artist from Nova Scotia with Mi’kmaw Ancestry. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design with a BFA and is currently based out of Eskasoni Nation. In 2017, Johnson won the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s biggest contemporary art prize.


This new antiquities exhibition presents a picture of daily domestic life in the ancient world through objects familiar to Greek and Roman households. All vessels are drawn from McMaster Museum of Art's permanent collection.
Rituals developed around the consumption of wine in the early archaic period and the use of elegant and expensive wine-pouring vessels and drinking cups elevated the experience to a distinct and even transcendental event. The practice including combining water and wine to a preferred concentration and then pouring the mix from a spouted oinochoe into a gracious stemmed cup (the kylix). Water kept the household running and was held in storage vessels of various sizes ranging from the amphora (usually brought to the fountains to fill) to pitchers, jugs and cups. Oils were closely associated with the female world: small size containers (unguentaria) held perfumed oils that were used to hold perfumes and scented oils. The small, elegant containers were fitting packaging for the precious contents.

Undying Hope for this Dangerous World: Bertrand Russell in perspective:

This exhibition will explore the life of Bertrand Russell, one of the foremost public intellectuals of the 20th century, through artwork, artefacts, photographs, and his own personal papers with a particular focus on his political activism and personal relationships.
The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Archives at McMaster University.


This is an exhibition of twenty-two coins, mostly from the Roman Republic, dating back to Alexander the Great. They are significant for both their value to McMaster's Teaching Collection and their provenance. The Collection was generously gifted to McMaster University by McMaster astronomy professor Ethan Vishniac, who inherited it from his grandfather, renowned photographer Roman Vishniac.