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. Photography enthusiasts shouldn't miss a visit to the gallery's Canadian Photography Institute. After exploring the vast collection, you can dine in the restaurant and enjoy the view of the Parliament buildings and the river below. Be sure to pop into the gift shop for the opportunity to purchase a plethora of art publications and souvenirs. Put National Gallery of Canada at the forefront of your travel plans using our Ottawa itinerary builder website .
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  • One of the stops on the Hopon/Hopoff tour. Very good gallery with a diverse offering of art. Allow a couple of hours at least.  more »
  • Large collection of different kinds of art from various times in addition to a modern architecture and very interesting. Ride of a lifetime and mandatory
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  • If you are a contemporary artist or fond of such, you would love this place. November exhibitions are on James Wilson Morrice. The A. K. Prakash Collection in Trust to the Nation, Canada photos, 2017 ...  more »
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  • Definitely worth while if you like art. It is easy to spend hours here as the collections are extensive. The gallery is sorted into different sections based on type (photography, modern, Renaissance, etc.) So if you do not have a day to dedicate to seeing everything, you can choose the areas that match your interests. Lots of interesting mediums and very educational.
  • Really enjoyed the Canadian Art Collection for Canada's 150 celebration! My favorite was the 40 voice motet by Janet Cardiff in the Rideau Chapel. I also liked the courtyard garden and reflective pool. I felt like I was in an Escher print. Beautiful building. Also, I appreciated the volunteers who are present in the gallery to ask questions to freely. Gained more insight into work as they used tablets to make connections with other artists and history.
  • 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.
  • A world class collection of aboriginal, Canadian, American and European art. Many famous works are housed here. The building itself is a work of art. The ambiance is light, airy and serene. No huge crowds even in mid-summer.

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