Museum News: Spring/Summer 2019

Museum News: Spring/Summer 2019

March 15, 2019 | Published by MMA

museum news spring/summer 2019

Museum of Art Closing for Environmental System Updates

The McMaster Museum of Art (MMA) will be temporarily closed from March 19 – August 23, 2019 for major updates to its environmental systems. The shutdown is necessary to ensure the highest standard of care and preservation for the more than 6,000 objects in the University’s significant art collection. The MMA is a Category “A” cultural institution as designated by the Government of Canada. more info

We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to reopening in time for the Fall Semester with exciting new exhibitions. In the meantime, Museum staff will be taking programming ‘to the streets’ with a series of free education programs, including In-School Art Programs (Fully Booked), Mini-University activities, public art projects, campus art tours, and much more. Further details below.

We will be sharing updates and additional programming on this page and on social media channels throughout the closure.

MMA Public Programmes during Spring/Summer include…


Presented by the N. Gillian Cooper Education Program
Free. No registration required.
In the event of rain, outdoor activities will be cancelled. Please follow our social media channels for updates.

  • Walking Tours of Selected Campus Architecture
    Thursday, May 9 at 12 noon | length: 1 hour
    Meet in front of the McMaster Museum of Art for a guided tour of buildings in the central campus area from Hamilton Hall to Divinity College.
    Thursday, May 23 at 12 noon | length: 1 hour  Cancelled due to inclement weather
    Meet in front of JHE by the clock for a guided tour that will cover buildings in the south area of campus from the Reactor to the Health Sciences Centre.
    Wednesday, June 19 at 12 noon | length: 1 hour
    Meet in front of the McMaster Museum of Art for a guided tour of buildings in the central campus area. Hamilton Arts Week Event
  • Walking Tour of Selected Campus Sculpture
    Tuesday, June 18 at 12 noon | length: 1 hour
    Guided tour begins in front of the Museum of Art. Hamilton Arts Week Event
  • Outdoor Sketching
    Thursday, June 20 at 12 noon | length: 1 hour
    Art supplies provided in front of the Museum of Art. Hamilton Arts Week Event

This summer, McMaster Museum of Art will be commissioning three separate public artworks for the exterior of the building.

Must See Exhibitions Off Campus…

McMaster’s Monet in AGO Blockbuster
McMaster’s Claude Monet painting of Waterloo Bridge has been borrowed by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto for their spring exhibition Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more from February 16 to May 5, 2019. We are delighted that the work was selected and that we were able to accommodate the request. The painting has just returned from the nationally touring exhibition A Cultivating Journey: The Herman H. Levy Legacy, and following the Museum’s spring/summer closure, it will be hung once again and on permanent display at McMaster Museum of Art (MMA). More info

Counterpoint: SUMMA 2019
Annual McMaster University BFA Exhibition
Guest Curator: Hitoko Okada
LOCATION: The Cotton Factory
270 Sherman Ave N, Hamilton, ON L8L 6N4
April 6 – 19, 2019
Due to the Museum shutdown, the 2019 McMaster University BFA Graduation exhibition (aka SUMMA) will be hosted off campus at The Cotton Factory. Please join us at the Cotton Factory on Saturday, April 6, 11 am – 3 pm for the Opening Celebration and MMA sponsored student awards. Until then, follow the graduating class on Instagram @mcmastersumma2019 for a sneak preview of the artists’ work.