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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  • Unfortunately we had only an hour and half before the closing of the Museum. The photo exhibition is fabulous, the sculptures are fantastic in the search for the artist's work. The rooms are bright, there are several rooms with amazing videos. In one hour thirty, we couldn't visit everything unfortunately. We will return
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  • I can’t express enough how enjoyable my visit was. I loved the contemporary art. Lots to look at, no matter what style of art you prefer.  more »
  • The gallery was open, bright and great place to tour. It was relaxing with an excellent guide handout.  more »
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  • This is a great museum. It is right downtown, within walking distance of the market and a lot of parks. There are also some installations outside, which makes for a great place to sit and relax in the summer. The building itself is beautiful and the art is always interesting. There are also interactive projects and crafts to keep kids busy. I would recommend this museum to anyone no matter their age or interests. I think there is something for everyone here. Also, thursdays there is free entrance
  • The National Gallery is a beautiful building full of great artwork. Lots of stuff for kids and adults. I loved the modern and contemporary art. My main complaint is that the Native Arts section is very limited. I would have liked to see better representation of native populations.
  • Most beautiful Art Gallery that I have visited in Canada. The permanent exhibit is fascinating, and aboriginal art is at its forefront. The temporary exhibits are also often masterful, such as Monet's bridges. If you are looking for a Museum in Ottawa, this should top your list.
  • Always a nice place to be. Admission is reasonably priced for what you are seeing. There are no massively famous exhibits but that's not really to be expected in a museum with its focus The gallery is clean, quiet and well maintained. It's security is nice as they are relaxed and never breath down your neck. I'd recommend budgeting about 3 hours to see almost everything in moderate depth. It has a moderate focus on the group of seven and the 3 other famous Canadian artists which isn't to my taste exactly but if you like them then this is your place to be
  • Beautiful works of art. The price of admission is reasonable, seeing as you are seeing so much. There are sections for modern art, aboriginal art, european art, and several other sections full of beautiful and sometimes weird (there is a urinal that is supposed to be art...) art. There are many activities for children, like where you can draw and your creation gets put up on a wall a month later at most. There is a cafeteria and a gift shop, which is pretty good. There are a few outdoor exhibits and a field which is good for picnixs and flying kites. This is a great place for kids, with all of the activities and fun paintings. If you are anybody who... if you are anybody you should come here.
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