The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is one of Canada’s finest art museums and predominantly features a works by Canadian and British masters with a priority on contemporary New Brunswick artists. The permanent collection has unique works from international artists include Turner and Boticelli, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, Lucian Freud, the only oil painting of his work on public display in Canada, J.M.W. Turner, Joshua Reynolds, Graham Sutherland. Visitors to the gallery are often found lying on the floor in front of Salvador Dalí's masterpiece Santiago El Grande, a four-meter-tall painting surrounded by three other of his works that are all part of the Beaverbrook’s permanent collection.
Some of Atlantic Canada’s finest artists are represented at the Gallery including Molly Lamb Bobak, Mary Pratt, Alex Colville, Tom Forestall and Yvon Gallant. The Gallery features an important collection of paintings by Cornelius Krieghoff and the outstanding Lucille Pillow Collection of English porcelain. The gallery is also home to the oldest birchbark canoe in the world, the Grandfather Akwiten, crafted in Fredericton in the 1820s by the local Wolastoqiyik First Nation.
The Permanent Collection has grown to include over 7,000 objects, including several large-scale outdoor sculptures by national and international artists that are installed on the gallery grounds.