Remai Modern
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Remai Modern is a direction-setting art museum and gathering place for culture and community. The building includes 11 gallery spaces, a 150-seat theatre, restaurant, outdoor terraces and rooms with stunning views of the South Saskatchewan River.
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  • DavidTAC
    Calgary, Canada910 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Visit
    I heard good things about this museum since it opened and we included it in a road trip to Northern Saskatchewan. First, it’s an elegant building located on the charming river walk area of Saskatoon. It’s a great location to walk to or around, or have lunch at their restaurant. Second, it’s an easy to use building with great gallery spaces. The lobby is large and inviting with a fireplace (not needed in summer), seating areas and the most amazing installation art by Nick Cave. It is the art that makes it worth it. They had an indigenous artist Meryl McMaster with her large scale, spiritual reflections of her grandmothers that was a WOW show. What impressed me is that the art descriptions were in her indigenous language as well as English. There was a retrospective show of Trinidad born Canadian artist Denyse Thomasos plus a wild installation by French artist Laure Prouvost. The Remai apparently has one of the largest collection of Picasso prints and ceramics in Canada (two separate rooms). The museum is pay what you want and they have a couple of credit card kiosk stations. Go see it. It’s worth it!
    Hi David, thanks for your detailed review. We’re glad you made the most of our current exhibitions. Please visit again when you’re back in Saskatoon!
    Written 23 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • GTALizzie
    Toronto, Canada49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remai Modern - Well worth the visit
    Visited this gallery on a recent trip to Saskatoon. There’s no set admission fee rather you make a donation in an amount of your choosing. The exhibits were really engaging; the most powerful for me was Meryl McMaster’s Bloodline. The images captured in Ms. McMaster’s photography are powerful and haunting. Nick Cave’s Spinner Forest installation fills the atrium and is really captivating to watch. The staff are friendly and helpful. Highly recommend - so glad we took the time to visit.
    Hi Lizzie, thanks for the thoughtful review. We’re happy to hear that the Meryl McMaster and Nick Cave works are resonating with yourself and other visitors. We hope you’ll visit again the next time you find yourself in Saskatoon!
    Written 23 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Gardiner W
    Vancouver, Canada493 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Modern Art Folks will enjoy...
    Modern art not really my thing but was impressed with the collection of Picasso ceramics and with some legacy pieces provided (donated?) by the Mendel gallelry a former gallery in Saskatoon...including works by Emily Carr, Lawren Harris. Gallery also houses the Hearth Cafe situated on the ground floor with views out towards the South Saskatchewan river. Pleasant spot with OK food. Paid underground and street parking.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 April 2024
  • kris-goes-places-2
    Victoria, Canada12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Well Curated Exhibits and Friendly Staff
    Saskatoon might not be the place that first comes to mind when you think of fine art but this gallery is worth a stop. When we were there they had an exhibit of linocut prints and they had set up a demonstration studio where you can watch the artists put together a print - it is detailed and immersive work and we had a chance to ask questions and observe the activity of creation in a way that I have never experienced before. If you don’t like modern art you will not enjoy the third floor, but go up there anyway because that’s where the Picassos are, and they are fantastic! Because they are prints you can get a really unique perspective on how he saw the world, as he was clearly experimenting with different techniques, colours, and layering effects to create different visual emphases. If you do like modern art you are guaranteed to like whatever the current exhibit is! The second floor houses numerous works from local and Canadian artists including one of my favourites by Lawren S. Harris of the mountains. There is a store on site.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2024
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Drew R
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
So it’s a really nice building but…. It’s alittle bit empty and the exhibits are not much to see, the main floor exhibit seemed like the artist didn’t have enough material to hold a gallery, the second floor was creepy, I’m a fan of native art but the stone carvings in the gift shop we’re better then the exhibit. There’s a decolonize exhibit that has the most disturbing video, I felt like I was on drugs or should have been. The Pacasio exhibit on the top floor was okay. The large show rooms on the top floor seemed like a waste of space, a hanging roof that seemed to be out of place, a video room with sorta poor quality timelapse’s, and a third room showcasing baby boomers with creepy music playing. The best part in my opinion is the view of the river or the fire place in the lobby. I will not be sleeping tonight…
Written 31 December 2021
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Hi Drew! Thanks for your honest review. It's true that our exhibitions can evoke a variety of emotions, not necessarily all positive ones. We recommend trying a museum tour with our Program Guides to learn more about the context and ideas behind the art. They are great at answering questions and hearing from visitors! We also just expanded our public tours to take place every open day at 2 PM so everyone can take part. With admission now by donation, it's a great time to come back. We hope you'll visit again!
Written 26 October 2022
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Frank J
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Nice building with nothing worthwhile inside. To bad about the money and location that has been wasted. It is really just a monument that needs to be repurposed into something useful like a history museum or science center. Using the space in a more
customer friendly way would probably not even interfere with the minimal art present.
Written 14 May 2022
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Hi Frank! We appreciate your feedback, even if your visit didn't meet your expectations. Our programming and exhibitions change frequently, so we hope you'll give us another try and discover some of the new art on view. It's surprising how often art, science, and history can intertwine in the exhibitions we present. We invite you to return to explore the interesting connections contemporary artists make through their work. Admission is now by donation for the next 20 years, so it's a great time to visit again!
Written 26 October 2022
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skychaserCalgary
Calgary, Canada1,025 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
This is well worth spending some time here exploring the different galleries. Of course with Covid it makes it more difficult in that one has to book reservations but still worth it. Beautiful piece of architecture.
Written 6 September 2020
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Thank you for visiting! We hope to welcome you back again soon.
Written 8 September 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Miho E
Huntington, WV217 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We went there with a group of 13 people. The guide was too controlling, not giving us much time to freely look around. Someone says creepy. I felt the same. They might want to protect the art etc, but felt very conservative place, and not welcomed.
At the end of tour, we experienced the hands-on activity. That was great.
Written 21 June 2022
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Hi Miho! We're sorry to hear about your experience at our museum. We appreciate this feedback as we work to ensure that Remai Modern feels welcoming to everyone. We have passed along your feedback to our team. We're glad you enjoyed the hands-on activities in the Learning Studio! We hope you will visit us again the next time you come to Saskatoon. Admission to the museum is now by donation every single day we are open. Any amount is welcome.
Written 26 October 2022
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Gardiner W
Vancouver, Canada493 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Modern art not really my thing but was impressed with the collection of Picasso ceramics and with some legacy pieces provided (donated?) by the Mendel gallelry a former gallery in Saskatoon...including works by Emily Carr, Lawren Harris. Gallery also houses the Hearth Cafe situated on the ground floor with views out towards the South Saskatchewan river. Pleasant spot with OK food. Paid underground and street parking.
Written 17 April 2024
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kris-goes-places-2
Victoria, Canada12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Saskatoon might not be the place that first comes to mind when you think of fine art but this gallery is worth a stop. When we were there they had an exhibit of linocut prints and they had set up a demonstration studio where you can watch the artists put together a print - it is detailed and immersive work and we had a chance to ask questions and observe the activity of creation in a way that I have never experienced before.

If you don’t like modern art you will not enjoy the third floor, but go up there anyway because that’s where the Picassos are, and they are fantastic! Because they are prints you can get a really unique perspective on how he saw the world, as he was clearly experimenting with different techniques, colours, and layering effects to create different visual emphases. If you do like modern art you are guaranteed to like whatever the current exhibit is!

The second floor houses numerous works from local and Canadian artists including one of my favourites by Lawren S. Harris of the mountains.

There is a store on site.
Written 4 July 2024
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Dennis D
Saskatoon, Canada7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
A group of eight of us went to Pop-up Happy Hour this past week for the first time - and it will probably be our last. Less than a quarter of the deck was in shade which mean a majority of the people had to be in the sun since there was nothing to provide shade. The seating was uncomfortable to say the least. The metal chairs had no padding and the unusual curvature made them very uncomfortable to sit in. The metal benches had no backing although the two seaters had cushions and a strange shape to the backing. The metal stools were basically unused as they were rather high and had weird leg rungs for you to rest your feet on. However, the choice of beverages was sufficient and the charcuterie board was ample for the first arrivals. These comments are only about the Pop-up Happy Hour and not the gallery itself.
Written 9 June 2023
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Hi Dennis, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. Your feedback is extremely helpful as we try to make Pop-Up Happy Hour even better for our guests! We hope you can visit us again.
Written 9 June 2023
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Cory M
Martensville, Canada8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
Went with my girlfriend. The exhibits were great. The building is great. The first level staff were awesome. The “men in black” were ridiculous. While some were ok, there were a couple that would not leave us alone. When we looked at them we were glared at. Others in the exhibits were completely left alone. We followed all rules and were very respectful. Apparently they must’ve not liked the way we looked. Or they thought we weren’t high class enough. I’ve been to places like this all over. Never seen anything like it. Embarrassing
Written 4 January 2021
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Hi Cory, Thank you for leaving this review. We want to apologize for your negative experience with museum security. This feedback is extremely helpful in making Remai Modern a more inclusive and welcoming space. Based on our feedback and that from other visitors, we are closely reviewing our security presence and making changes to improve the visitor experience. We'd like to invite you back to our museum to be welcomed in a more hospitable way. We recently announced that admission to the museum every day we are open is by donation, so it's a great time to visit. If you do make the trip be sure to update us on your experience!
Written 26 October 2022
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Yvonne H
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
It’s wrong that there should be an admission charge in the first place as this building was payed for on the backs of the taxpayers with their hard earned dollars. Art galleries should be accessible to the general public and not to the minority of those that can afford it. We also had a look at the cafe menu and I was shocked at the prices. Whoever in their right mind would pay $10.00 for a slice of chocolate cake. I believe the prices serve the purpose of keeping the general public out.
Written 3 May 2018
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Thank-you for providing your feedback. As a new museum, we are always interested to learn about our visitor's experience and their ideas on where we can improve. It's a priority for us to make the museum as accessible as possible and we are proud to have many generous partners that help towards this effort. For example, Rawlco Radio Free Admission Days provide access to the museum at no charge for all people 6 times every year. Scotiabank Something on Sundays is free artmaking activities every week in the Cameco Learning Studio, and the Joseph Remai Family Foundation School tour program provides tours to Saskatoon School groups throughout the year. Making the museum more accessible is work that is never finished, and we appreciate your feedback letting us know it's top of mind for you. All the best,
Written 22 May 2018
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Shirley R
Arpino, Italy114 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
Having visited from Nova Scotia recently to see my family we came to see the new gallery for the first time. While still missing the Mendel from my frequent visits as a youngster growing up in Saskatoon, I looked forward to what all that extra square footage might yield from the new gallery. Three adults and a 2 year old in a stroller, - ready to roll. Upon paying a discounted admission of $8 each adult, we were warned in advance that some exhibits were not open. In truth so many were closed that we had one room with Mendel pieces and some contemporary art to see and two elevator rides looking for non-existent art. Three videos in darkened rooms were of adult content so a no-go for us with a 2 year old. Not even the neon art on the wall was lit so our big treat verall was watching through a large window at the nearby apartment building construction and marvelling that people can work so skillfully in the bitter cold.
The gallery should have been free that day or closed. I am saddened for what it says to me about the Saskatoon of my youth that the Mendel was replaced by this gallery. Bigger not always better.
Written 20 March 2018
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Hi Shirley. I’m sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience at Remai Modern. As our opening show included all of the spaces in the building, this changeover is more invasive than we expect it will be in the future. We will certainly share your feedback with our programs team and hope we’ll have a chance to re-welcome you in the future, when we have more to offer you and your family.
Written 21 March 2018
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