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National Gallery of Canada

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Address: 380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4, Canada
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Founded in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada (Musée des beaux-arts du...

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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Janvier exhibit is a must see!

Am in Ottawa for business, had free time, on the advice of a friend went to the Janvier exhibit. Wow! Very powerful and moving. Didn't know much about the artist beforehand, I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Toronto, Canada
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Am in Ottawa for business, had free time, on the advice of a friend went to the Janvier exhibit. Wow! Very powerful and moving. Didn't know much about the artist beforehand, I found the exhibit details to be quite informative. The pieces on the Residential school system were heartbreaking. Other pieces are very colourful and intricate, easy to get lost... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the special area and it was amazing. Will go back and see the next special event. Very clean

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Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the art gallery is big and you will be walking a lot - Alex janvier exhibit was great , so much talent in one building .Maman the giant spider sculpture out front is so great !

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Newmarket, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

%0 % of exhibitions were really good, like the ones mentioned above. The downsides of it are those HUGE corridors, halls and passages. So much space is wasted! Sometimes you just keep going in rounds and the elevator brings you to the same place over and over again. Maybe it was just me, but usually I am pretty good with... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This exhibition is a collection of magnificent paintings by the well known Dene artist Alex Janvier. All non-aboriginal people should see this exhibit. Be prepared to feel shame. This should be mandatory viewing for all High school and University students - this is our Canadian history and you should know how we ignored, belittled, reigned over, stole from and altogether... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful canadian art by Alex Janvier. Amazing architecture and beautiful views from the museum. Thursdays are free!

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Edwards, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The special exhibitions are generally quite a treasure and this time was no exception. After several years and many visits, we still have not finished viewing all of the art on every floor. We will be back again next time.

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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The building alone is worth the visit. The collection is very good and well displayed. The special Alex Janvier exhibit was pleasant but I felt, as I often do with exhibits of modern male artists, that if the person was female, nobody would have paid much attention. My favorite of the temporary exhibits was of 20th century photographs from the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

OK, I know that art galleries are for viewing art but this building, its setting and surroundings are worth the visit even without the art. A gem of a building in a gem of a city. Decent permanent collection but it's the visiting exhibitions that draw visitors in. I went to the Elizabeth Vigee Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun in... More 

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Dorval, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful museum...and HUGE ! Lots to see.. make sure you have lots of time to see everything....an all day trip !

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