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Robert McDougall Art Gallery

Kia ora, my name is the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, named after the businessman who gifted 25,000 pounds to the city for my construction. A Gisborne-born architect called Edward W. Armstrong (1896-1992) won a competition to design me. People like to call my style of architecture ‘neoclassical’.

When I first opened, I started with a total collection of one hundred and fifty six paintings, three sculptures and two cases of miniatures. I’m proud of the part I played to help grow the collection and people’s love for art during the seventy years between 1932-2002 when I was open. During that time, the art collection grew to over five thousand items and I held over one thousand exhibitions.

Lots of art to see - that’s got to be a good thing, right? I think it’s because I did such a great job, a much bigger art gallery was proposed for the city and it’s when my shiny successor Christchurch Art Gallery opened in 2003 that I carefully passed on the collection. It’s only a short walk away and you’ll still be able to see some of the works that were first shown here on display there today.

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Robert McDougall Art Gallery

Botanic Gardens,
9 Rolleston Avenue,
Christchurch 8013