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Emily Carr House
Emily Carr House, is a National and Provincial Historic Site located at 207 Government Street in Victoria, B.C. Canada. The birthplace of the internationally renowned Emily Carr, and they are an interpretive centre dedicated to her art, writings and life.
They welcome you to come and learn more about this famous Canadian artist and writer by touring the beautifully appointed and restored rooms of her childhood home. Throughout the season they will be hosting contemporary art exhibitions- look for details under Events. If you are like Emily and love animals you may be lucky enough to encounter their Carr House Cats! Check out their adventures on their blog posting too. Their gift
shop is stocked with all of Emily’s beautifully vivid narratives, including her Governor award winning book, Klee Wyck. They also, have a fine selection of her poster and print images.
Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm May 1st to September 30th.
Emily Carr was born on December 13th, 1871. She was the eighth of nine children and because it was the year BC joined confederation, she was the first of her family to be born Canadian. She was fiercely proud of that. Her childhood home is now owned by the people of British Columbia and is both a National and Provincial Historic Site. Although often misunderstood by her family they loved her dearly and she them. We know this from her many autobiographical writings.
Emily Carr’s own words that they would like to end this brief sketch of her life. When late in her life she was to give some of the outstanding events of her life, Carr wrote.: “Outstanding events! work and more work! I sat self contained with dogs, monkey and work- writing into the long dark evenings after painting-loving everything terrifically. In later years my work had some praise and some successes but the outstanding event to me was the doing which I am still at. Don’t pickle me away as done.”