The Collections

The RMG houses a permanent collection of over 4500 works, The Thomas Bouckley Collection, an art library and archives. Each of these collections tells the continuing story of Canadian modern and contemporary art. Explore our collections through our online database. In some cases, we are not able to reproduce an image online due to copyright restrictions.

Permanent Collection

The RMG's collection consists of over 4500 works of art, acquired either by purchase or gift. About 60 of these works are on view at any one time in the Permanent Collection galleries.  Works are also loaned to other institutions locally, nationally, and internationally.  The RMG collects historical, modern and contemporary Canadian art, and holds Canada's largest collection of works by Painters Eleven. The RMG also has a growing collection of Public Art.


The Thomas Bouckley Collection

The Thomas Bouckley Collection was donated to the RMG by the late Thomas Bouckley, archivist of Oshawa. The computerized collection comprises over 2,000 historical photographs of Oshawa and Durham Region, spanning over 100 years. The collection is a remarkable resource for understanding and engaging with Oshawa’s local history.

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Questions regarding the Thomas Bouckley Collection should be directed to Sonya Jones, Curator of the Thomas Bouckley Collection. or 905 576 3000 x110

Art Library

In addition to collecting art, the RMG acquires research materials. The RMG Library is the largest library in Durham Region devoted to fine art and the history of visual arts, and the largest and most comprehensive art library located between Toronto and Kingston. It is available to those interested in art for pleasure or serious research. Library resources include art books, artist monographs, artists’ files, clipping books, Canadian exhibition catalogues, slides, auction catalogues and an extensive journal collection. 

The RMG Library is open to the public for in-library use by appointment only. Members of the RMG are able to borrow materials from the library. Please contact Linda Jansma to make an appointment at

Interested in further research? The RMG Archives hold many special collections. Click here for more information.

The RMG also publishes books about artists and the exhibitions we hold at the gallery. Learn more about RMG Publications


The digitization of our works was made possible with assistance from The Museums and Technology Fund through the Ministry of Culture.

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