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National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

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Peruse a multitude of local and international works of various disciplines at National Gallery of Canada, one of the leading galleries in the country. Enjoy pieces by some of history’s most revered artists, including Warhol, Mondrian, Dali, Picasso, and a host of others. Photography enthusiasts shouldn't miss a visit to the gallery's Canadian Photography Institute. After exploring the vast collection, you can dine in the restaurant and enjoy the view of the Parliament buildings and the river below. Be sure to pop into the gift shop for the opportunity to purchase a plethora of art publications and souvenirs. Put National Gallery of Canada at the forefront of your travel plans using our Ottawa itinerary builder website.
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  • Enjoyed seeing all the different pieces. Being able to see a real Picaso and Dali along with so many others that I was impressed at and sometimes humoured by. Great for my teens to see 
    Enjoyed seeing all the different pieces. Being able to see a real Picaso and Dali along with so many others that I was impressed at and sometimes humoured by. Great for my teens to see  more »
  • Always a must visit in Ottawa. The Impressionists show is wonderful but was blown away by the William Kentridge installation More Sweetly Play the Dance. Amazing. Wonderful gift shop with lots of... 
    Always a must visit in Ottawa. The Impressionists show is wonderful but was blown away by the William Kentridge installation More Sweetly Play the Dance. Amazing. Wonderful gift shop with lots of...  more »
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  • I love this place, it's one of my absolute favourite museums. It's huge, and if you're taking time to appreciate the art it's nearly impossible to go through everything in one day. There's always a lot of care put into the descriptions of the art, and the building itself feels just as much like a piece of art as the art it displays. There's a lot to appreciate on multiple visits, and the exhibits are consistently interesting. There's usually even some stuff for kids to enjoy aside from the abundance of art. Water is easy to find in the museum as it's free in the cafeteria and there are a couple water fountains. I did not try anything other than tea from the restauraunt in the lobby, but it was quite nice overall. To top it all off, the staff are very helpful, always willing to answer questions, and even knowing the exact locations of some paintings.
  • A gorgeous place to visit. It is very quiet and relaxing. I loved every art piece they have displayed, particularly the contemporary art section and the General Idea special exhibition (it is until November 2022, so take a visit soon if you are interested). There is no admission fees from 5 - 8pm Thursdays for all visitors, so take a visit if you are uncertain. However, to properly enjoy the whole gallery, I would say 3 hours is not enough at all.

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