National Gallery of Canada

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National Gallery of Canada
4.5
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
About
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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Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
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10sAce52
canada56 contributions
Great family afternoon visit
Oct 2021
What a wonderful spot to visit with family, during the Covid protocols going on. Very interesting to find out how awesome our Canadian artists are!! Great gift shop :)
Written December 5, 2021
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Go564101
Harrogate, UK17 contributions
Beautiful art on a cold day
Dec 2021 • Couples
This gallery is wonderful. We really enjoyed the several hours we spent here. We had no plan but moved seamlessly from room to room and loved the variety. Don't miss the William Kentridge artwork - it's worth visiting the gallery for that alone.
Written December 4, 2021
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Weswee
Ontario143 contributions
Confusing entry to museum
Nov 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit once we were inside and had checked in. The entrance is different than our last visit 3 years ago due to Covid. Once we figured out where to enter there was only one sign saying 'groups'. We entered anyway even though it was just 2 of us. Once inside an abrupt employee told me to use hand santizer. We went to the upper level. There was no employee at the top of the ramp to scan our (pre ordered) tickets. We lined up and a very pleasant young woman scanned them. We could have easily entered the museum without a ticket. They really need to make the entry to the museum clearer and more efficient.
Written November 26, 2021
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Durhamprophoto
Toronto, Canada643 contributions
Well worth the visit
Nov 2021
A wonderful collection of Aboriginal art within its own gallery. Great collection for Group of 7. Spend some reflective time at the quiet pool - a wonderful place. The photography exhibit was interesting. A fantastic gift shop with lots of variety and well priced merchandise.
Written November 21, 2021
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lawm
Calgary, Canada191 contributions
Beautiful Building
Oct 2021
We easily spent 6 hours here on a rainy Thursday. We were only disappointed that a few paintings we wanted to see were not on display and with a new exhibit being installed, we missed seeing more of the Group of 7. We liked the display of Indigenous Art along with contemporary Canadian Art. The overall building is beautiful.
Written November 20, 2021
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DotsGirl2
Vancouver, Canada246 contributions
Very interesting gallery.
Oct 2021 • Friends
We liked the gallery especially the indigenous section and the chapel. In the chapel they have recorded music. They have around 40 individual speakers around the room. Each speaker if for one voice in the choir. You can sit and listen to the music with all the voices melded together or walk around the room and hear each individual voice from a speaker. It was beautiful
Written October 26, 2021
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,603 contributions
Always enjoyable; loved the special exhibition
Oct 2021
Although I took a detour through the European section of the permanent collection, I soon joined my wife and our friend in the Exhibition of prints, the Collectors‘ Cosmos. It is a fascinating overview mainly of 16th and 17th century Netherlandish art, well worth the price of admission. The exhibition ends in November; try to see it if you can.
Written October 23, 2021
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45563002elaine
Hamilton, Canada70 contributions
A Treat for the Eyes
Oct 2021
After many years it was a treat to be at the Gallery again. My husband and I could not manage the online ticket process and neither could our hotel, but a gracious staff member had our tickets ready upon arrival. We visited the Canadian and Indigenous Art and were thrilled with the wonderful art. There is such a range in style and over time that is it a capsule of the history of Canadian art. Well done. The architecture of the building itself is always an experience to be savoured.
Written October 15, 2021
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Barry B
Ottawa, Canada25 contributions
Great art and staff, awful and embarrassing boutique
Aug 2021
The art, of course, is stunning, and the staff are courteous and helpful and knowledgeable. What killed the place for us was discovering that literally almost everything in the boutique was made in China--the beautiful scarves, the gorgeous first nations silver artifacts, everything. I am not exaggerating. I am a registered member of the National Gallery, and I am embarrassed.
Written September 19, 2021
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Bill154996
Mississauga, Canada32 contributions
Interesting way to spend a morning.
Sep 2021 • Couples
Wonderful collection and not busy so felt very safe Covid wise. Wish we had taken a tour (not even sure if they were available) I felt that it was not organized in a logical movement pattern and found ourselves going a bit In circles.
Written September 11, 2021
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  • Fri - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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