Spent a very pleasant and interesting three hours at the National gallery whilst in Ottowa. In that time managed to see most of the galleries, all be it briefly in most cases. One floor was mainly Canadian art, and gave a good insight into the history of both the national art influences and the development of the country, with specific exhibits from indigenous people's. By contrast the top floor was international art, with a collection of notable artists with a wide range of styles, all be it mainly lesser known works. These include a Picasso, a Munch, and several Monets, as well as a temporary special exhibition of Rubens and Van Dyck. There is also a wide selection of contemporary art although have to admit most of this left me rather cold, but I guess it's all a matter of personal choice. At 12 dollars for admission it's good value, although couldn't help compare with the UK where the National Gallery was still free the last time I visited. The audio guide was 6 dollars, easy to use and helped illuminate some of the background to the various pieces. Suprisingly both the cafe and the bookshop appeared cheap in comparison with other museums which was a nice surprise, and overall the museum building was light, airy and had some delightful internal courtyards. Not being an art buff I may well have missed some of the finer points of the museums exhibits, but it was still an enjoyable, interesting and stimulating visit and I'm sure everyone would find something to inspire them.
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