National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

4.5
#2 of 26 in Museums in Ottawa
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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  • Wonderful art gallery with a huge collection! Set aside at least 2 hrs to see everything with calm. Be sure to take pictures on the façade that is amazing. Inside overlooks the Canadian Parliament buildings.
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  • This museum is lovely. The building itself is laid out with inner courtyards and skylights. The collection has such variety. The permanent collection has European art from the Renaissance, Baroque, Im...  more »
  • Always when in downtown Ottawa we visit the National Gallery. Temporary expos are of most interest (Ordrupgaard Collection this time) than the permanent collections (never miss Dutch classics - portra...  more »
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  • I'm sure it would've been 5 stars if all the contemporary exhibits had been open. Unfortunately only the upstairs is currently, which was a shame as that was really good. Other exhibits were good. Enjoyed the temporary Impressionist thing from the Dutch collector. The indigenous contemporary art was also fascinating. Less keen on the Middle age European art but that's often just a personal opinion and I've seen few places do something very interesting with them.
  • Wonderful place to walk through, they have a very nice assortment of art in their exhibitions and it is quite large, expect to be walking for awhile! Their Canadian section is lovely and has lots of pieces to catch your interest. They had a silver smith exhibition going when I went and it showed off some stunning silver pieces! I wish I had another day to walk around and see it all!
  • This is a must-see in Ottawa. Bring comfy walking shoes and a good few hours to see the whole gallery! If you want to see the gift shop you can pop in without seeing the gallery. It's probably the best gift shop in the city! Lots of local art and design with gifts and products directly related to the current gallery showings.
  • Really nice gallery. There are quite a few impressionist paintings including Monet and Renoir. I can spending a whole day here. The lobby looks Really nice and relaxing. I can sit around and order a coffee there. Support the gift store and buy some prints - great price. Don’t forget it’s always free admission every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm. Please let your friends know about it.
  • I don't really know anything about art, but I still had a good time walking around exploring the exhibits. The gallary is quite large and is bound to have things that just catch your eye, even if you have no idea what your looking at. It was a great experience and was quite reasonably priced. I was able to go with my family, on their family package(2 adults and 3 youths) for $30. Most definitely worth giving a shot.
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