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National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

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Peruse a multitude of local and international works of various disciplines at National Gallery of Canada, one of the leading galleries in the country. Enjoy pieces by some of history’s most revered artists, including Warhol, Mondrian, Dali, Picasso, and a host of others. After exploring the vast collection, stop to refresh and reflect at the onsite cafe. Be sure to pop into the gift shop for the opportunity to purchase a plethora of art publications and souvenirs. Plan to visit National Gallery of Canada during your Ottawa vacation using our convenient Ottawa trip itinerary maker.
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  • We spent about 3 hours there with 8 kids ranging from 8 to 17 and loved it. We did the Feely boxes and would highly recommend it. Lots of interesting art to see there including contemporary pieces.  more »
  • Firstly, before entering meets you giant spider. Okay, the animal would it would be something nice and pretty, well, there's the dolphins or giraffes, and the spider! that was, moreover, a symbol of the city:-( I have personally, insects don't cause positive emotions. but maybe I'm not right?! Further, the Museum building itself a bit does not fit into the concept of the city. This ultramodern structure really does not tally with the classic Cathedral. But maybe I'm not right?! Inside the collected strange abstraction exhibits, but he and Museum to surprise visitors:-) and yet there are temporary exhibitions, which gives some variety:-) And finally, behind the building of the Museum Park (Ottawa is a very green city!, see my posts etc.), but again with strange objects: a giant needle (a symbol of what?), the lantern with twelve lamps and whatnot incomprehensible. If I wrote novels in the fantasy style, then I would, perhaps, would find inspiration in this museum. and because I write detective novels, then deal more complicated: the killer was a spider? well, then this is a horror movie of some sort, rather than the detective!
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  • By entering I expected to discover to what bridge this country had artists grans for the most part unknown in France. nice surprise in particular for inuit art.
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  • Great place to visit if you are from Ottawa or visiting! Wonderful display and pride in First Nations art and artists. Very interesting architecture in the building. The cafe has nice food, a little bit pricey, but the museums affordable admission off sets this. Also! Students get a near 50% discount on admission fees! Great brain food! I can't wait to go again!
  • Outstanding! My four year old daughter took advantage of an opportunity try on a costume. Her challenge was to find the painting that the costume was based on. It was remarkable to watch as she scoured the gallery and really looked at the paintings while trying to find a girl wearing the same cloths as her. I would really like to thank the person who thought of this activity.
  • Went here while they had the Monet art work on display. It was $12 each for adults to get in. $6 extra each if you wanted a headset. This wasn't necessary unless you preferred it. All descriptions were under the photos. Gallery is very big and there is lots to see. There are many different kinds of art too. In the Monet exhibit you were unable to take pictures. This place is great.
  • Go after 5 on a Thursday and you get in free! I checked out their temporary Canadian Photography exhibit and really enjoyed it. I also walked around and looked at some of the more traditional paintings and also some contemporary sculptures. The gift shop was full of interesting stuff too, and I spent about half an hour in there alone. The park space behind the gallery is also incredible, especially at sunset. Check out the streetlight sculpture and the lightning bolt sculpture if you have the time - very cool.
  • Really great expositions including the two aboriginal ones. My girlfriend and I went during the Doors Open Ottawa event so we didn't had time to view everything especially the international Arts section which is huge, but may return in the future for other galleries and arts as it would probably take several hours to go properly through the entire gallery

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