Salvador Dali’s Santiago El Grande, considered among his greatest work, stands as the centrepiece of Fredericton’s Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The painting was purchased under the noses of the Spanish Government after the 1958 World Fair by one of Dali’s earliest supporters, New Brunswick tycoon James Dunn. History, stories and art come alive with the help of local storytellers, making any visit a standout cultural attraction in the province.
Length of Trip : 2-4 hours, depending on how much you love your art.
Cost : Entrance: Adults $10 Seniors $8 Family $20 Students $5 Children under 6 are free Tours: Adults $9 Seniors $7 Students $4 Children under 6 are free Guided tours must be booked in advance by contacting the tour coordinator.
Best time to go : The gallery is open year round, 6 days a week. Hours are: 10am – 5pm (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat), 10am – 9pm (Thurs) and Noon-5pm (Sun).
Wheelchair friendly : Yes
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat : The Blue Door Restaurant for something a little more polished. Wash it down with one of the 200 whiskies and bourbons at The Lunar Rogue Pub.
Official Site : www.beaverbrookartgallery.org
Where to Stay : We recommend staying at our trusted partner the Crowne Plaza when visiting Fredericton.
Getting There : The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is located in downtown Fredericton, across from the Provincial Legislature, the Fredericton Playhouse and the new Fredericton Convention Centre, and next to the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel.
Note from Robin : The art tours definitely bring the collection, especially the Dali, to life.
Photo: Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Photo: Tourism New Brunswick