Students having a conversation outside the Owens Art Gallery

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Precautionary Closure

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, and in an effort to ensure the safety of our staff and the public, the Owens Art Gallery is temporarily closed to the public.

Updates regarding our re-opening will be communicated via our email list and posted on our website and social media.

Campus Community

Mount Allison University students, faculty or staff may make an appointment to view exhibitions by contacting or calling 506-364-2574. Appointments can be made Monday to Friday between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Wearing non-medical masks is mandatory on campus. Find out more on the health and safety information and preparedness page.

Mount Allison has developed a comprehensive COVID-19 response plan, designed as a resource and information guide for students.

Connect with us Online

While we are closed, we will do everything in our power to bring the Owens to you. We invite you to follow us on social media for behind-the-scenes videos, artist talks, highlights from the collection and more.

About the Owens

The Owens Art Gallery is located on the campus of Mount Allison University. It is Canada’s oldest university art gallery and the custodian of an important collection of over 4,000 works spanning the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. The Owens occupies its original building, which opened to the public in 1895, and was designed in the beaux-arts style by Edmund Burke, one of Canada’s most influential architects. We welcome visitors seven days a week, all year round. Admission to the Gallery and all its programs is free.

The Owens Reception Desk is staffed entirely by Mount Allison University students. Our student receptionists are knowledgeable about the Gallery and its programs, and they are always happy to offer information on exhibitions and other Owens events.

The Owens Art Gallery and Mount Allison University are located on the unceded, ancestral lands of the Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqiyik Nations. While this area is known as Sackville, NB, it is part of the Siknikt District the greater territory of Mi'kma'ki. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship,” which the Mi'kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, and Peskotomuhkati first signed with the British Crown in 1726.

The Owens Art Gallery (Mount Allison University) is a member of the Maple League Galleries, a group of four university galleries that includes Acadia University Art Gallery (Acadia University), Foreman Art Gallery (Bishop’s University), and St. Francis Xavier University Art Gallery (St. Francis Xavier University).

61 York Street
Sackville, New Brunswick
E4L 1E1

T: 506-364-2574
F: 506-364-2575

Venue Access

The stairs to the Owens from the entrance nearest the University chapel have a handrail. There is also ramp access at this entrance, however, the ramp is steep. The stairs to the Owens entrance off York Street do not have a handrail. The main floor of the Owens is wheelchair accessible. Our second floor gallery is not accessible. Two flights of stairs lead to the second floor. The Owens welcomes guide dogs and other service animals.

Bathrooms (women’s and men’s) are located in the basement and are not wheelchair accessible. Two flights of stairs lead to the basement.

There are two reserved, accessible parking spaces on the York Street side of the Gallery and one in the circular driveway adjacent to the Gallery. All parking on campus is free. See the Campus Map for all visitor parking.

Although the Owens is only partially accessible, our goal is to have a barrier-free facility within the next ten years.

Other Services

All resources are free and available from the front desk on any visit to the Owens.

Kindle E-Readers
Customizable large-print versions of all gallery text, including labels, wall text, video transcripts, and catalogue essays, are available on Kindle E-Readers. These Kindles also feature dyslexic font and text-to-speech options. Front desk staff are able to provide an introduction and support for Kindle users.

When possible, the Owens provides open captioning for videos included in exhibitions. Transcripts are available on Kindle E-Readers at the front desk.

EnChroma Colour-Enhancing Glasses
Three pairs of EnChroma glasses are available for visitors to borrow. This includes one pair for children (ages 10+), one pair for adults, and one fit-over pair for adult glasses wearers. EnChroma glasses allow visitors with red-green colour blindness the ability to see a broader spectrum of colours.

Ear Protection
Ear protection provides a sensory-friendly option for young visitors during busy public programs, or when experiencing installations with audio components.

Although the Owens is only partially accessible, our goal is to have a barrier-free facility within the next ten years.

For further information please contact the Owens front desk, 506-364-2574.


Photography, for personal use only, is permitted in the gallery.

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