National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

4.6
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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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  • The national gallery in Ottawa is an art lover’s dream. However, even if it’s the first time you’ve ever been to an art gallery, you will still be delighted with the stunning views and galleries. The ...  more »
  • An impressively designed museum created by architect Moshe Safdie. No more leaking roofs as the repairs seem to resolve that problem. Although this is peak tourist season - there are no hoards or larg...  more »
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  • This was great and extremely large. Plan for a full day if you want to see all exhibits. We spent about 4 hours here and it could have been way longer. Best to plan out how much time you want to spend at each exhibit, however, you may get lost in some as they are full of exceptional pieces that you may want to spend more time on. This was my second time here and I would recommend it!
  • The Paul Klee exhibit at the National Gallery was stunning. The gallery itself is an amazing space, and seeing the works of a talented and versatile artist in such a space was awesome. It was as if the art enhanced the building and vice versa. We also had an excellent guide who was able to speak about some of the more subtle points of Klee's art without dumbing it down. Fabulous.
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