Emily Carr House, Victoria

Emily Carr House, Victoria

A National Historic Site located in the James Bay neighborhood of Victoria, this house was built in 1863 and was originally owned by the O'Reilly family, but it is best known as the childhood home of the renowned Canadian artist and writer, Emily Carr (b. 1871), who lived in there with her family until 1886. Emily Carr's sisters later donated the house to the Province of British Columbia as a memorial to their sister's life and work.

The house has been restored to its original state and features exhibits that showcase the life and work of Emily Carr. Visitors can take guided tours to learn about the artist's upbringing, her relationship with her family, and her development as an artist and writer.

Emily Carr is considered one of Canada's most important artists and writers. Her work, which was inspired by the landscape and Indigenous cultures of British Columbia, is renowned for its bold and expressive style. Carr's writing, including her autobiography "Growing Pains," is also highly regarded for its insightful reflections on her life and the world around her.

In all, a popular destination for art lovers, history enthusiasts, and anyone interested in learning more about one of Canada's most important cultural figures.

Why You Should Visit:
Charming and very nostalgic place that definitely gives you a glimpse into history.
There are many of Carr's writings on display, together with some reproductions of her art.
The gardens are beautifully maintained and there's a small gift shop where good books about her life and her art are available.

Along the way, you may see many fine examples of older Victorian and craftsman style homes, many of them with very nice gardens.

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Sight Name: Emily Carr House
Sight Location: Victoria, Canada (See walking tours in Victoria)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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