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National Gallery of Canada

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Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
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Address: 380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4, Canada
Phone Number: 16139901985
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Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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An Impressive and Varied Collection

When I visited the Gallery, the Canadian collection was being rehanged and was closed to the public. A pity. Nonetheless, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the Gallery's... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When I visited the Gallery, the Canadian collection was being rehanged and was closed to the public. A pity. Nonetheless, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the Gallery's varied collection. Mind you, this is not the encyclopedic and extensive collections of the Met, NY's Modern, London Gallery or Louvre. Yet there were fine representations of several periods including 20th... More 

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Harrow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited with family today. Unable to comment on the Canadian collection as it is shut until 2017 (hence -1 dot) but the permanent collection is well worth a visit. This is not the greatest collection of renaissance, classical, romantic, impressionist, modern or contemporary art in the world, and nor does it claim to be. What it is is an excellent... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

No possible way to see all there is to see in one day! Spent hours and could easily spend more. Beautif, clean, vast. Amazing.

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I am so proud of our national Gallery in Ottawa that whenever I have a meeting there I book an exztra day just for this Museum. The website is kept current, and you can check for major exhibits. I especially liked the Alex Colville Retrospective last year. There is a cafe on site; a nice meeting place- very open and... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The layout was very confusing and two exhibits were closed. Id recommend you go on Thursday between 5 and 8, it's free!

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Is a very complete gallery were you can enjoy yourself with an important collection of many artists.The architecture of the building is amazing . You have a good place to have a very fine and tasty coffee with a great view. It is very easy to get there and you can visit it many times and each time you find... More 

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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not to be missed. The First Nations gallery and exhibit is first rate. Special visiting exhibits like Napoleon and the Gold Industry offer continuous new and interesting exhibitions that keep you coming back again and again.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you love art, the national gallery is a great place to spend the morning or afternoon or all day if that's what you like. Beautiful art, both modern and old, and situated across from the cathedral and minutes walk to the market. Beautiful view of the Ottawa river, what more can you ask. Worth the visit.

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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A definite must to see both for the architecture of the building and the art within. At this time some of the galleries are closed in preparation for 150th Birthday of Canada in 2017. But the European Gallery was excellent and provided sufficient breathe of selection. Highly recommend .

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Gallery is absolutely beautiful. It is filled with wonderful art both new and old. I could spend days looking at all the exhibits. One of my favorites was the Group of Seven display with the fabulous work of our Canadian artists. I highly recommend this gallery to anyone visiting the Ottawa area.

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