National Gallery of Canada

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National Gallery of Canada
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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canontnia
Canada284 contributions
Love the museum…but $12.00 for a sandwich! That’s obvious fundraising through our stomach. Not nice given the already steep price for general entrance. And not a good way to assist guests to spend some worthwhile time enjoying the gallery to its full.

The building itself is a piece of art of course, with its sweeping corridors and stairs. The art hanging the walls is fine. Canada is a young nation with fewer rich donors so our collections of first rate pieces is somewhat scarce.

We are rich, however, in the wonderful Group of Seven for obvious reasons. But I wondered why many were so dark even accounting for the lighting. One wonders if many of the canvases were in need of a cleaning. They seem less vibrant and sharp than the art hanging in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg.

In short, a worthwhile visit, but bring your own sandwich and be sure to enjoy the view of Parliament Hill from the gallery.
Written August 16, 2022
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,010 contributions
Terrific museum and a pleasant surprise. Not only the architecture is great as the building looks very futuristic, but the collection is very impressive too. Here's a partial list of painters: Cranach, Memling, Bronzino, Tintoretto, Titian, Moroni, Bartolomeo Veneto (a stunning portrait, one of his best). Good collection of the Dutch Golden Age: Lievens, Rembrandt, Hals. Lots of great 19th and 20th century painters, from Turner, to Tissot, to Courbet, French Impressionists, Klimt, Munch, Leger, Popova, Dali. The second floor (European art) are two concentric squares which ma be confusing so you'd rather take the floor map to navigate the European galleries. We spent over 3 hours there and didn't have enough time for the Canadian artists (1st floor) as the museum was closing, but there are a few interesting canvases there too.
Written August 6, 2022
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Nico Samneil Sy Salado
Cebu Island, Philippines591 contributions
Family
A spacious, elegant looking and looks informative place to go to. We just dont have the time to go in. The spider statue does not make sense and looks scary for the children
Written August 6, 2022
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futtock21
London, UK11,307 contributions
Solo
Some changes since we were last here three years ago. Ticketing has disappeared from the downstairs atrium to be replaced by a giant display of books and plants. Meanwhile ticketing is in the upstairs atrium but the casual dining space has completely disappears leaving only the utterly prosaic cafe which at last affords splendid views over Parliament Hill. The current exhibition based on the long-forgotten musings of a 1960s trio of queer gents called General Idea is the most disappointing I have ever visited here. A second rate room of Damien Hirst style pharmaceuticals, a banal space filled with posters bearing the words AIDS and many more banalities aside. Photos of a tour they went in to promote their art across Canada. No-one interested then and few interested now. The permanent display of Canadian art has been more heavily biased in favour of Inuit art and sculpture, but none the worse for that.
Written August 5, 2022
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Koto6420
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The gallery contains many types of painting and art objects, from the old European to contemporary installations. They are more or less well organized; however, exposures lack the "Start" and "End" signs i.e. where a person should enter to see art objects in chronological order. The gallery has very nice and extensive collections of Indigenous Canadian art as well as art by Canadian artists. Unfortunately, we had only 2.5 hours; the gallery requires more and we didn't see everything. The Special Exhibition was just at the entry which is not a good idea - liked it less than all others.
Written August 1, 2022
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LaFamilleBourgeois
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Family
A fantastic visit. So much to see. Our kids 6/7years visited the Canadian Exhibit - it was their first time visiting an art gallery. We didn'tknow what to expect. It was affordable as kids 11 and under are free so we figured we'd try it out. The gallery has a booth with wonderful bilingual staff and activities specific to little kids.. perfect for 5-10years in our opinion (bingo activity was the best). I never expected my littles to become so involved and excited to visit the exhibit and see the art on display. A great early learning experience for them. I fully recommend :)
Written July 30, 2022
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jkantorNanaimo
Kamloops, Canada14 contributions
The "AIDS" exhibit was horrible. There was no signage or warning given that it is not children appropriate. So, horrible, I cannot imagine how many children saw their collection of dildos.
Written July 29, 2022
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Ian B
Vernon, Canada41 contributions
We always visit major galleries when we travel and the National Gallery of Canada is one of the best. My only regret is that because of our time limit in Ottawa we could only spend 3 hours there, I would have liked to spend the day.
Written July 27, 2022
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PWOLake
Fredericton, Canada32 contributions
This is a must see when visiting the Capital. The building itself is beautifully constructed to showcase the various forms of artistic expression housed in the gallery. The Chapel is a must to visit as an immersive experience
Written July 20, 2022
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,652 contributions
Although we would normally have spent at least two hours in the NGA, we were short of time because of a looming lunch date with friends. I saw the Impressionism in Canada exhibition, which we had seen in Munich in the fall of 2019. It more than merited a second visit. My wife went to the General Idea exhibition, for which I lacked time. We met in the Rideau Chapel to hear the recorded performance Thomas Tallis's Spem in alium, with forty speakers for the 40 voices that were recorded. Gorgeous music in a highly suitable setting.

One criticism: the admissions desk has been moved into the second-floor space that used to be the location of a restaurant with a superb view of Parliament Hill. This is decidedly not an improvement.
Written June 8, 2022
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