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National Gallery of Canada
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Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Syracuse, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great visit!!!!”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Beautifully organized and very manageable size. We saw three special exhibitions, all of which are not to be missed. The mini-exhibition on Tom Thomson was excellent. The WW1 photo exhibit was compelling and heartbreaking. Some very nice touches, especially the personal photos of a family in the summer just before the war. Very interesting display of stereotypes. Not to be missed. The Dore show was awesome! What an amazing artist! I learned so much. We spent a good five hours in the museum and managed to see almost everything. Beautiful space and nice patio for a cold drink and snack.

Visited August 2014
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Utica, New York
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“Fine permanent collection and superb special exhibitions”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Over the past several years I have made several visits to the National Gallery of Canada. The permanent collections are well repeated visits. But, in addition, the National Gallery hosts some revelatory exhibitions. At present there is a Gustav Dore exhibition that will totally transform your understanding of Dore and his importance in the history of art. The building itself is a bit weird. The circulation spaces are Babylonian in scale, while the galleries themselves are nothing more than adequate. It is well sited, however, and offers some fine views.

Visited July 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“run, don't walk”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Stunning and then some. Try the 40 speakers in a small room each one a single voice in a large choir of 40. You can walk in front of each and every speaker and listen to the part they are singing or just stand in the middle of the room and hear the sum of the parts.

Could have spent the entire day in just this one exhibit...

Visited July 2014
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“Entertainment for Philistines and Artlovers”
Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

I finally had the chance to see the Gallery earlier this year. It boasts an impressive collection of Canadian art that ranges from sculptures to paintings to old city plans from the early 1900s. It even has a range of interesting European pieces. The Voice of Fire is a must see as well, just given its magnitude and controversy. You can easily wander for a few hours among the eclectic halls even if art is not your thing. Also, if you go on Thursday night, admission is free except for the rotating collection.

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Toronto, Canada
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“Dore exhibit”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The Dore exhibit is outstanding. The variety of the artwork on display truly showcases the scope of his talents.

Visited August 2014
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