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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  • 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
  • Amazing building and architecture. Extremely spacious. All of the exhibits are amazing and unique, some being switched out seasonally and some being permanent. The prices of admission are fair and you aren't forcefully walked through the gift shop which is nice. They have a coat check area so you can ensure your items are safe.
  • We're from Kingston, Ontario and don't feel we've received full benefits from our federal taxes unless we've made at least one annual visit to Ottawa. And at the top of our list of places to visit is the National Gallery of Canada. The Gallery is always so spectacular to see resting on its own plaza and so near to the Parliament buildings. The architecture is beautiful with all the vertical sections of stone and glass. Once inside, you climb a long tall ramp to large circular space. The ceiling is so far above you that you feel like ant when you sit down. Through all the glass, you see the Parliament buildings again but also with great views of the Ottawa River and the City. It's a wonderful place to have lunch on occasions when it being served. If not, there is a spacious cafeteria which also has great views as well as more selection. From there, you walk down a long tall hallway and then enter the galleries and the current exhibitions. On our most recent visit, we were thrilled to see some of the most recognizable work Group of Seven.
  • I have never been so disappointed in a museum as I was in this one. If this art work is the best Canada has to offer then it needs a lot of help. The native work looks like pieces that no one wanted and therefore they donated. We lived in the north and the art work was incredible and this is a very poor representation. We frequent studios everywhere and we know Canada has many fabulous artists but not here. Sadly.
  • Student admission was pretty cheap, like 8$ if I recall correctly. The art was great (there was a Klimt) and the contemporary sections were breathtaking. The gift shop had a good variety of things (art socks!) and the building itself had nice architecture.

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