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National Gallery of Canada

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Address: 380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4, Canada
Phone Number: +1 613-990-1985
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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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If you love art, you will love this Gallery

If you love seeing great art, you should definitely visit Ottawa's National Gallery of Canada. A must see for your Ottawa Visit!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had friends in for a visit and found this an interesting place to visit. I recommend at least 2 hours to do it justice.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you love seeing great art, you should definitely visit Ottawa's National Gallery of Canada. A must see for your Ottawa Visit!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Highly recommend for art lovers and creative types. So many exhibits to see and varying art deco and painting styles both modern and classic. Weekday visits are the best as the crowds are thin and you can spend as long as you want in front of exhibits. Guided tours with headsets is also an excellent way to experience and learn... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went to see the Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun exposition. We had reserved our tickets on Internet, so we didn't have to wait in the queue. We were both amazed to see paintings from a successful French woman painter in the 18th century, we never heard of in school. It was very well organized and the commentaries beside every paintings were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There are many delights in the National Gallery but the Alex Janvier show that will be exhibited until April of 2017 stole my heart and my attention. The museum did a great job of taking us along to relive the life of this indigenous artist. We learn about our aboriginal people's history, the forced stays at boarding schools, being numbered... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sadly the Canadian section was closed, but I loved the Inuit art section. There's also a limited but varied selection of European paintings from the renaissance to the 20th century.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Look forward to the reopening of the Canadian collections in May 2017. This gallery is a must see in Ottawa.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in October and were very disappointed. The Canadian section was completely closed and only the Contemporary, European and First Nations sections were open. I did not appreciate the Contemporary section. I just don't see how a snow shovel propped up in a corner is art. Maybe it's just me though. We thought the best part of the gallery... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent hours here, especially to see the Alex Janvier (First Nation) exhibit, which was delightful and thought provoking. We wandered to some of the other spaces within the museum to see other, older artists--Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Impressionists. We looked down on the indoor green garden and out the huge glass walls to views of spectacular Ottawa and its Gothic-style... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have a surprisingly good collection of old European paintings, arranged in chronological order rather than theme. Great architecture with dramatic natural light in the common areas. The viewing rooms are spacious and it was not crowded so there was plenty of opportunity to really view and think about each painting.

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