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National Gallery of Canada

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Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
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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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Excellent museum centrally located close to Byward and the Parliament hill. The Alex Janvier exhibition is excellent and tells a fascinating history of modern day Canada.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Excellent museum centrally located close to Byward and the Parliament hill. The Alex Janvier exhibition is excellent and tells a fascinating history of modern day Canada.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wherever I go, I look for the works of great masters of the past, and I was very pleased to see that the National Gallery of Ottawa has a good collection of paintings from Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic and Modern Art (including Impressionism and Russian avant-garde). There are many good examples of Italian, French, British, Dutch, and German and Russian schools.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place to visit if your looking for a quit activity with amazing art work. I was able to bring my sketch book and sketch without being bothered.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I live in Ottawa and visit the gallery a few times a year. I love the architecture and the variety of art displayed.

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we learned a bit about photographer Josef Sudek. A pretty good exposition. But every time I see the "contemporary art" here, I get very confused. Not to mentioned the Brillo soap pad boxes pile being there for YEARS (but many other permanent pieces). I think all this art needs a good sales person to be there to sell me the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If I have to describe the NGC, I'd definitely say - smashing. It is really hard to describe. You will have to visit it to experience this unique piece of architecture in Canada's national capital. Stay for a few hours. Walk around the building in addition to seeing the art exhibitions and the wonderful gift store (of course). BTW, it... More 

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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here over the Christmas break. It was very informative and interesting. Lots of great masterpieces here to enjoy.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed our visit despite the Canadian Gallery being closed! Architecture is amazing!! Collections that we saw were superb! Small European Collection but what they had was good! Gift Shop is nice!

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was super impressed with the amount of European master painters: Degas, Canalotto, Turner and tonnes more! Great temporary exhibit showing Alex Janvier's work was excellent also!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gallery itself is a beautiful building and well worth the visit regardless of the exhibition on display. It is also the home of the Canadian Photography Institute.

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