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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
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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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As members of the NG, we are often invited to openings. Recently, we attended the opening of Alex Janvier's exhibit. His opening speech was heartwarming. The exhibit itself is... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I do visit these places and I enjoy traditional art and paintings, but do have a problem with avant garde art. Some of the exhibits are great, but you feel that others are making fun of you, exhibiting what I call rubbnish. There is an interesting exhibition of indian arts.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As members of the NG, we are often invited to openings. Recently, we attended the opening of Alex Janvier's exhibit. His opening speech was heartwarming. The exhibit itself is huge, so it will require more than one visit. Of particular interest to us was his painting 'Blood Tears', which he completed on his 66th birthday; and on the back, he... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The National Gallery has to be on the top five attractions if you are a visitor to Ottawa. For locals, it is a place to go to, again and again. Special exhibitions, often of "blockbuster" quality, can provide a reason to attend. But don't forget the permanent collection there. Small room after small room offer a perfect setting for the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent museum centrally located close to Byward and the Parliament hill. The Alex Janvier exhibition is excellent and tells a fascinating history of modern day Canada.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wherever I go, I look for the works of great masters of the past, and I was very pleased to see that the National Gallery of Ottawa has a good collection of paintings from Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic and Modern Art (including Impressionism and Russian avant-garde). There are many good examples of Italian, French, British, Dutch, and German and Russian schools.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit if your looking for a quit activity with amazing art work. I was able to bring my sketch book and sketch without being bothered.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in Ottawa and visit the gallery a few times a year. I love the architecture and the variety of art displayed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we learned a bit about photographer Josef Sudek. A pretty good exposition. But every time I see the "contemporary art" here, I get very confused. Not to mentioned the Brillo soap pad boxes pile being there for YEARS (but many other permanent pieces). I think all this art needs a good sales person to be there to sell me the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If I have to describe the NGC, I'd definitely say - smashing. It is really hard to describe. You will have to visit it to experience this unique piece of architecture in Canada's national capital. Stay for a few hours. Walk around the building in addition to seeing the art exhibitions and the wonderful gift store (of course). BTW, it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here over the Christmas break. It was very informative and interesting. Lots of great masterpieces here to enjoy.

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