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Owner description: 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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“Not bad”
Reviewed December 30, 2011

The Inuit art is a good collection, it's a bit heavy on contemporary art...fantastic place to escape the heat or the rain.

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Ottawa, Canada
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“Picture This and that”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

Nice place, clean, some pictures on the walls, I'm always waiting for the next big display as it has to be better than the last one. I can't figure out why they charge for this museum..

Thank Robert C
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“mix of emotions”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

When there with my partner, don't know nothing about arts and painting so it was interesting, found a few pieces that was great but others we were angry, things like 137 brick, or a pile of rock and it is 5 years of called gravity or pieces of wood with three nails on it...or worst the three neon put together...this infuriated me because they cost the museum lots of money and I don't consider that art at all, a 5 years old could have done it. and don't let me started with that painting that is blue red and blue and the other one that is fully black which cost lots of $$$$$$$ to Canadian taxpayer....

The only talent I enjoyed looking at were the very old painting, they are amazing and when we went it was the exhibition for Indian arts and that was great also.

It was an afternoon not wasted though, discovered lots of things and also on myself surprisingly (dislike of everything that call itself modern art), went though many emotions and came out exhausted but please.
Beautiful building though, just amazing. Will I go there again? not sure though...

Visited June 2011
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Delta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Canada's Tate?”
Reviewed December 26, 2011

Home of the world famous (to Canadian taxpayers) 3 stripe extra large canvas painting $$$. Despite that controversy the museum offers a very exciting glimpse into Canada's earliest works of art and bric a brac.The collection of aboriginal and early 20th century pieces is extraordinary.

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Ottawa, Canada
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“Love the Gallery”
Reviewed December 23, 2011

Love the Gallery. Had a family membership for years - starting when our son was 6 years. Our son is now 22 and LOVES art. I home schooled him and The Gallery was part of his education. Architecture = stunning. Cafteria = great with fantastic views.

Thank Nancy J
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