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National Gallery of Canada

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Founded in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada (Musée des beaux-arts du Canada) holds in trust a collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photos.
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380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spend an afternoon there appreciating the artworks of Canadians. Only a few minutes walk from Parliament Hill, this is a place where everyone should visit whether you like art or not.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank GuyFromTheSix
Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking distance from main hotels in downtown. Easy to navigate and see the main paintings in one he or more. Big spot for kids to play with art blocks and parents have a cafe.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Susan D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not that I've been to them all, but this world-class gallery has exceptional display and works of art that reflect not only the Canadian scene, but also some treasures from around the world.Become a member and get discounts in the museum and the restaurant. The...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank elgoogsix
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were struck by the beauty of this building from the outside. My kids loved the giant spider out front and the "lightning bolt" scultpure out back. They had a free coat check which helped with all our winter gear. The modern art area was...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 265larah
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here with my 10 year old son. There’s good coffee shop with overlooking to the river, the souvenir shop also nice. There are different types of galleries & our family enjoy the mordem one at same floor of coffee shop

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sapa0207
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to see the Canadian gallery, including my favorite art pieces. Well laid out with the paintings and complemented by artifacts and clothing adjacent to the works, a better historical context. The exhibition works backwards in time from contemporary to earlier periods. It was a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank billybitzer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Full disclosure: We live in Ottawa and are members of the gallery. We visit often, mostly for my youngest daughter (special needs) who likes the Artissimo (weekends) program. This is an arts activity program, great projects, supplies provided.. Staff very friendly (a special thanks to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The lunch in the Great Hall has been fantastic. A salad of spicy tofu and edamame beans was delicious. There was not a hint of dullness in the dishes around me. Fantastic service, wines from Ontario, inter alia, and the most amazing view of Parliament....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

We visit the museum often. Great secondary expositions. Cafe with views to kill for. Gift shop is superb. Newly added second cup coffee shop really nice.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Rudy B
Reviewed 3 February 2019

If you're a fan of architecture and artworks this is the place to be. I really enjoyed the photograph section as well as the indigenous artworks. The section of the gallery as well that had the nicer rooms were where these artworks are located.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Young Y
30 January 2016|
Response from NGC-MBAC | Property representative |
Hi, That's a great question. The Canadian and Indigenous Galleries provide the ideal setting to tell a more complete story of artmaking in this land, which dates back thousands of years. We worked closely with partner... More
Cheri K
22 December 2014|
Response from NGC-MBAC | Property representative |
Hi Cheri, So happy to hear that you enjoyed the Caravaggio exhibition. It was so incredible to have so many Caravaggios in one space and to see the influence he had on his followers. Our next big summer show is Alex... More