About

The Building

Remai Modern’s new building was designed for transformative experiences. The museum’s spaces were thoughtfully developed for art and people, recognizing that both are variable and unpredictable.  From its placement on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, Remai Modern connects architecturally with a Prairie Modern style and responds to the low, flat topography of the landscape. Parts of the exterior will be clad in a mesh screen of copper, a material inspiration from the nearby Bessborough Hotel, an architectural landmark built by the Canadian National Railway in 1932. 

Inside and out, the museum has a human dimension, with sensitivity to materials, light and scale. It provides intimate spaces as well as dramatic expanses, with an atrium and outdoor terraces offering stunning views of the river and sky. Art experiences will animate the building throughout.


The ground floor of the museum will always be free to the public, featuring large-scale art commissions, a changing gallery space, and an active learning studio. This floor also provides lively environments for gathering, with a fireplace and open lounge areas, cutting-edge art and design store, and exceptional restaurant.

The second and third floors contain a variety of spaces for programming, including collection galleries, a Picasso gallery and sizeable spaces for temporary and internationally touring exhibitions. Films, performances, and talks will be hosted in a fully outfitted 150-seat theatre. 

A variety of multi-use spaces are found on every floor, and will be available for happenings, performances, members’ nights, private rentals and community events.  

MUSEUM HOURS

TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS
10 AM10 PM
WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS
10 AM5 PM
SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS & HOLIDAYS
10 AM5 PM


Remai Modern is closed Mondays except for statutory holidays.