The RMG houses a permanent collection of over 4000 works, The Thomas
Bouckley Collection, an art library and archives. Each of these collection
helps the gallery to tell the continuing story of Canadian modern and
contemporary art. Explore our collections on the web to learn more.
The below portals allow you to explore and discover more about our
collections through an online database:
The RMG's collections consist of over 4000 works of art,
acquired either by purchase or gifts. About 60 of the most
significant of these works are on view at any one time in the
Permanent Collection galleries. In addition, the RMG
holds Canada's largest collection of works by Painters Eleven, and at least eleven
of these works are on display at all times.
The Thomas Bouckley Collection was donated to the Gallery by
the late Thomas Bouckley, archivist of Oshawa. The computerized
collection comprises nearly 3,000 historical photographs of
Oshawa and Durham Region. About 100 works are featured in four
exhibitions per year.
The RMG Library &
In addition to collecting art, the Gallery acquires research
materials. Its Library is the largest art library in Durham
Region devoted to fine art and the history of visual arts.
Alongside the library collection is the gallery Archives, which
include artist files, sketchbooks, exhibition histories and
The digitization of our works was made possible with assistance from The
Museums and Technology Fund through the Ministry of Culture.