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The Nickle Arts Museum

2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

403-220-7234 | Website

The Nickle Arts Museum is an important fixture on the University of Calgary's campus, and offers provocative exhibitions and informative programmes.



Type | Museum


Getting There | On the University of Calgary campus at the north side of MacEwan Conference and Event Centre.


Sept. to April.: Mon. - Fri.; 10AM - 5PM, Thurs.; 10AM-9PM, Sat. 1PM-5PM, May to Aug.: Mon. - Fri.; 10AM-5PM

Profile Last Updated: July 21, 2008

Obtain and Gain
Since its opening in 1979, The Nickle Arts Museum (located on the University of Calgary campus) has championed contemporary art and numismatics in Western Canada. One of the best exhibition spaces in Calgary, The Nickle has an established tradition of mounting provocative exhibitions and informative programmes. Permanent collections include the Nickle Coin Collection, donated by Carl O. Nickle and consisting of more than 16,000 pieces of Greek, Roman and Byzantine origin, the Jean and Marie Erikson Rug Collection, which has several samples of floor and wall coverings from Turkey, Iran and the Caucasus, and the Nickle Arts Museum Collection, which is comprised of over 3,500 prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, sculptures and decorative art pieces.

The Layout
The main floor of the museum contains four adjacent public spaces. Two of these spaces - the Main Gallery and the East Galley - have a combined area of 12,000 square feet and can host special functions for up to 600 people. The museum’s goal is to acquire, exhibit and study aesthetically and historically significant information, knowledge and artifacts, and to offer opportunities for university teaching and research in related areas.

Minor in Art
Beginning in September of 1996, The Nickle Arts Museum has been the coordinator of a minor program in Museum and Heritage Studies for University of Calgary students. This program provides students with theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the cultural and heritage sector. The museum works with the departments and faculties at the University of Calgary, the public and the Art and Numismatic communities to promote learning, research and discovery.