We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“A great container, awful content”

National Gallery of Canada
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Ottawa City Tour by Land and Water
Ranked #5 of 257 things to do in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Kennebunk, Maine
Level Contributor
31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A great container, awful content”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

A beautiful building but the exhibits are designed by a small group of apartniks who decide what the public wants to see. Hence no one goes there any more.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank montcler
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

2,026 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Jerusalem, Israel
Level Contributor
156 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Unusual concert”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

We signed up for a 3 part modern concert which had intermissions. It was a little too much as it was difficult to sit so long particularly as the pieces were unfamiliar. The gift shop sells a vriety of books, art reproductions and the staff is very pleasant. The artists however were wonderfully talented. The building is attractively designed but the statue sculpture of a spider at the entrance representing mother was a little scarey.

Visited August 2013
Thank Bracha K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sarasota, Florida
Level Contributor
113 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“This is an Outstanding Museum!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

This is a dramatically modern building highlighted by expanses of glass, skylights and interior courtyards. The museum is adding an “icy layer” over its Great Hall as it undergoes a renovation to transfer the Great Hall into an Iceberg and avoids a scaffolding eyesore in the city’s core. Made from PVC it covers the building, as its roof and windows are replaced. This was very unusual, to say the least. The blockbuster exhibition, entitled “Sakahan” is the largest collection of contemporary indigenous art the world has ever seen. Over 80 artists from 16 countries and 6 continents display their works. We were able to partially “charge our batteries” at the museums cafeteria before tackling the galleries with works from the early 19th century to the present, including paintings by the Group of Seven (Canadian’s). In the upper galleries were the works by such masters as Cezanne, Degas, Gainsborough, El Greco, Monet, Picasso and a special exhibit of Paul Rueben’s.

Visited August 2013
Thank Art W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Atwater, Minnesota
Level Contributor
63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“wonderful Inuit exhibit and store”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

The museum is beautiful in itself. The visiting Inuit Exhibit was fantastic. The museum store on the first level was a pleasure...well organized and lots of choices.

Visited August 2013
Thank Mary R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
“A work of art”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

The National Gallery of Canada is a work of art in itself, with a beautiful glass entryway. The galleries are open with plenty of light. Take your time to enjoy the works of art from Canada and the rest of the world, both classical and contemporary. A personal favorite of mine is the Group of Seven gallery.

Visited May 2013
Thank BWAdams2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed National Gallery of Canada also viewed


Been to National Gallery of Canada? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing