National Gallery of Canada

Open Time : 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Entry : paid

Address : National Gallery of Canada, Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Website :

Phone : +1 613-990-1985

Why to visit National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada is a national art museum in Ottawa that was created in 1880. Its collections contain famous European works as well as extensive collections of Canadian art. Its foundation was laid by the contribution of diploma works by Royal Canadian Academy members. The drawing collection (1913–24) was established in 1911, containing notable works by Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt, while the photographic collection was established in 1967. The museum was housed in a variety of structures throughout its existence until a new building designed by Moshe Safdie opened in 1988. Every year, the museum sends hundreds of shows to various cities around the country.

The National Gallery of Canada opened in 1988 on Nepean Point, overlooking the Ottawa River. The museum, designed by Moshe Safdie with grounds by Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, was erected at a time when the Canadian government was attempting to develop Ottawa into a cultural hub. Oberlander created four key spaces for the gallery, inspired by the Canadian landscape and twentieth-century art: an entrance garden, a forest, an allée, and a courtyard.

FAQ on National Gallery of Canada

What is the duration of a tour of the National Gallery of Canada?

Adults can take a fascinating one-hour guided tour of the National Gallery of Canada's collection and special exhibitions.

Is admission to the National Art Gallery of Canada free?

No. Admission to the Gallery's national collection is free every Thursday evening from 5pm to 8pm

Special Tip

A CA$16 (about $12) ticket gives you admission to the special exhibit as well as the whole permanent collection if you want to see the visiting display. Under the glass domes, there's also a nice cafe where you may stop for a cup of tea.

By Abhilasha Prasad

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