National Gallery of Canada
National Gallery of Canada
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The National Gallery of Canada is committed to offering a welcoming and safe place for our visitors, employees and volunteers. Discover contemporary and historical artworks - including paintings, sculptures, photographs and multimedia installations - in this landmark site located near the vibrant ByWard Market area.
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  • Skibum6969
    Fernie, Canada130 contributions
    Wonderful
    What a great place. Beautiful building with a wonderful sense of space. Great range of different artists and styles. We visited in December when it was gloriously empty. Can't comment if it is a gong-show in summer months.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 16, 2022
  • Adriana M
    Syracuse, New York164 contributions
    Really Wonderful Canadian/Indigenous Artwork
    This is a very beuaitufl musem. The architecture alone is lovely, but the paintings inside are also great. A great selection of Canadian and indigenous art as well as a fantastic European wing. I didn't know any of the Candian artists, so I enjoyed seeing new-to-me artists/artwork, some of which was my favorite of the day.
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 6, 2023
  • RINO T
    3 contributions
    First time there.
    There was a place to leave your jacket near the entrance, so it was nice to be able to watch without being disturbed. I liked that there was a place to take a break. There was a place where you could see the video. Too wide so, legs get tired.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written February 22, 2023
  • Bob K
    Fairfax, Virginia2,234 contributions
    Getting my art fix in Ottawa
    This was my second visit to the gallery (first time was years ago). I enjoyed walking through all of the gallery rooms. This time I visited the Rideau Chapel - the only drawback for me was that the choral music is a little too loud. Other than that, they have a very nice collection of art pieces.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 1, 2023
  • Martina L
    Kemptville, Canada4 contributions
    Were is the fun?
    I love to see the Canadian art section especially Emily Carr's work. They also have an extensive collection of Native art. However, compared to the fine arts museums in Europe, this is a very mediocre museum. I think you will have more fun just enjoying the park behind Parliament. Ottawa is really run down since Covid and I hope that the capital will see much needed investment in roads, publice transport and the Arts.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written May 8, 2023
  • operalover939
    Toronto, Canada2,975 contributions
    Always good to visit
    We saw two special exhibitions, visited parts of the permanent collection, and listened to Tallis's Spem in Alium in the Rideau Chapel. The 'Movement: Expressive Bodies in Art' exhibition is very fine, even if the video featuring Kent Monkman left me cold. We did not visit 'Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment' because we had seen it at the McMichael Gallery; we urge those who didn't see it there to see it at the NAC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 23, 2023
  • CPAreviewlady
    Burke, Virginia56 contributions
    If you have 2 hours..visit the Museum
    Walkable to Parliament, the Byway Market, War Memorial. N other words downtown Ottawa. The museum had many Masters painters well displayed. It was quiet with plenty of time to see the artwork. The Museum store was one of the best I’ve visited. It had much to choose from with unique kid’s items. The pricing to get into the museum and in the gift shop were reasonable.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 28, 2023
  • helpless1
    165 contributions
    Excellent gallery in great setting
    We really enjoyed the gallery which has a wide selection of art from modern to indigenous to classics all set in a light and airy peaceful environment. The cafe was clean and the food tasty whether you want coffee and cake or lunch, we ended up having both. A really enjoyable experience and we fully recommend it.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Professional-Pilgrim
    Alberta, Canada1,400 contributions
    Canada's Flagship Gallery
    I have been visiting this magnificent gallery ever since it was built. The collection is outstanding, as befits the country's flagship gallery. The building alone is a work of art in itself. I like to go on Thursday evenings, when entry is free, and snacks can be purchased to eat under the glass tower. The music is rather loud, however. Do be sure to go to Janet Cardiff's magical "sound sculpture" in the Rideau Chapel. A 40-part motet by Thomas Tallis, with 40 speakers (8 groups of 5), each one delivering the vocal part of the relevant singer! The boutique is excellent, with a table near the entrance full of catalogues from past exhibitions (some costing as much as $65) on sale for $10 each.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • futtock21
    London, United Kingdom11,598 contributions
    Canadian Women Modernists
    That it’s shut today (Tuesday) only reminds me of the riches on display when it’s open. A few Fridays ago I saw the current exhibition of works by 20th century female artists from the McMichael Collection of Canadian Art supplemented by works from the gallery’s own collection. Far more than just Emily Carr’s musings on the art and culture of BC’s native peoples it introduces to a wider public the superb 1930s portraiture of Paraskeva Clark, the peopled landscapes of Peggi Nicol McLeod, society portraits by Suzanne Duquet, village scenes by Yvonne McKague, clothing and artefacts by native peoples and so much more besides. Just time to take a leisurely stroll around the extensive Canadian permanent collection but not the European galleries. The ground floor bookshop is particularly impressive and has a Happy Goat cafe attached although oh my visit had almost run out of brownies and pastries. NGC also affords stunning views of Parliament, the Supreme Court and down the Ottawa river between Ottawa and Gatineau.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 1, 2023
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia44,485 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
The National Gallery of Canada has an amazing collection of art works. The origins of the Gallery go back to the 19th century. The present building is a lovely architectural achievement as well.
Written October 15, 2023
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Dennis1
Williamsburg, VA76 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
What a splendid art gallery this is! Magnificent modern architecture in a perfect setting with a view of Parliament in Ottawa. My wife and I spent almost an entire day here, with a fine-dining lunch outdoors in the sunken "Tavern" restaurant. The Canadian art pieces here are many and varied, with special emphasis on the talented Group of Seven painters -- each with his individual style. The Water Court was sublime and soothing to both the eyes and ears. A fascinating historic chapel was moved into this building and lovely music emanates from it. The European art objects were superb. As Americans, we wish there could be more art pieces from the USA but we fully understand that it is not the primary focus of this treasured national collection. Congratulations to all involved in making this gallery such a must-see institution in Ottawa. Thank you.
Written September 21, 2023
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Mellie2013
Port Moody, Canada2,718 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Couples
Free Thursday nights ( from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.) are a fantastic way to view this phenomenal museum! The Scotiabank Great Hall offers the sound of music by a local DJ and participation in free art-making activities.

This museum can rival those of Europe. We enjoyed the Canadiana portion. Emily Carr, Tom Thomson, Marc‑Aurèle Fortin, Lawren S. Harris, the Group of Seven. A wonderfully diverse collection. Throw in the Americans and Europeans, it's magical. The largest number of works comes from Britain, France and Italy, but important and characteristic pieces by Dutch, Flemish, German and Spanish artists are represented.

Within the 3 hour time frame, we completed many of the collections to our satisfaction.

Enjoy the Spider Sculpture and the breathtaking Scotiabank glass hall. Beautiful!

Would we return...definitely!

Written August 16, 2023
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futtock21
London, UK11,598 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Solo
That it’s shut today (Tuesday) only reminds me of the riches on display when it’s open. A few Fridays ago I saw the current exhibition of works by 20th century female artists from the McMichael Collection of Canadian Art supplemented by works from the gallery’s own collection. Far more than just Emily Carr’s musings on the art and culture of BC’s native peoples it introduces to a wider public the superb 1930s portraiture of Paraskeva Clark, the peopled landscapes of Peggi Nicol McLeod, society portraits by Suzanne Duquet, village scenes by Yvonne McKague, clothing and artefacts by native peoples and so much more besides. Just time to take a leisurely stroll around the extensive Canadian permanent collection but not the European galleries. The ground floor bookshop is particularly impressive and has a Happy Goat cafe attached although oh my visit had almost run out of brownies and pastries. NGC also affords stunning views of Parliament, the Supreme Court and down the Ottawa river between Ottawa and Gatineau.
Written August 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Professional-Pilgrim
Alberta, Canada1,400 contributions
Jun. 2023
I have been visiting this magnificent gallery ever since it was built. The collection is outstanding, as befits the country's flagship gallery. The building alone is a work of art in itself. I like to go on Thursday evenings, when entry is free, and snacks can be purchased to eat under the glass tower. The music is rather loud, however. Do be sure to go to Janet Cardiff's magical "sound sculpture" in the Rideau Chapel. A 40-part motet by Thomas Tallis, with 40 speakers (8 groups of 5), each one delivering the vocal part of the relevant singer! The boutique is excellent, with a table near the entrance full of catalogues from past exhibitions (some costing as much as $65) on sale for $10 each.
Written July 4, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

helpless1
turkey165 contributions
May 2023
We really enjoyed the gallery which has a wide selection of art from modern to indigenous to classics all set in a light and airy peaceful environment. The cafe was clean and the food tasty whether you want coffee and cake or lunch, we ended up having both. A really enjoyable experience and we fully recommend it.
Written June 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

James & Beth
Hockley, TX230 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Couples
This was a great experience. We went on a Thursday evening and found out it was free. We toured and saw some amazing art. They are into contemporary digital art as well. My favorite was the spider.
Written June 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CPAreviewlady
Burke, VA56 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Walkable to Parliament, the Byway Market, War Memorial. N other words downtown Ottawa. The museum had many Masters painters well displayed. It was quiet with plenty of time to see the artwork. The Museum store was one of the best I’ve visited. It had much to choose from with unique kid’s items. The pricing to get into the museum and in the gift shop were reasonable.
Written May 28, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,975 contributions
May 2023
We saw two special exhibitions, visited parts of the permanent collection, and listened to Tallis's Spem in Alium in the Rideau Chapel. The 'Movement: Expressive Bodies in Art' exhibition is very fine, even if the video featuring Kent Monkman left me cold. We did not visit 'Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment' because we had seen it at the McMichael Gallery; we urge those who didn't see it there to see it at the NAC.
Written May 23, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Martina L
Kemptville, Canada4 contributions
Apr. 2023 • Solo
I love to see the Canadian art section especially Emily Carr's work. They also have an extensive collection of Native art. However, compared to the fine arts museums in Europe, this is a very mediocre museum. I think you will have more fun just enjoying the park behind Parliament. Ottawa is really run down since Covid and I hope that the capital will see much needed investment in roads, publice transport and the Arts.
Written May 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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