National Gallery of CanadaOttawa , Ontario
Tourism Region: Ottawa-Carleton
With over 45,000 works in its collection, the National Gallery of Canada boasts the largest collection of Canadian art in the world and the largest collection of European and American art in Canada.
About the Collections
The National Gallery of Canada is the home of the most important collection of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world. The Gallery also has very strong collections of Inuit art and Western European art from the 14th to the 20th century, an impressive collection of 20th century American art and an important representation of the visual culture of Asia. The National Gallery of Canada was among the first museums in the world to recognize photography as an art form when it organized, in 1934, a series of photography exhibitions. Today, the photography collection consists of over 19,000 works and is ranked among the top major international collections. The Gallery also has the most important collection of Media Arts in the world: over 600 titles, totalling more than 10,000 hours of video and film. The National Gallery of Canada has over 45,000 works in its entire collection, with over 1,200 on display in its permanent collection galleries.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 45 000
Architectural Records Prints and Drawings Photographs Sound Recordings
Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork
Culture: American Asian Canadian : Aboriginal or First Nations : Inuit European
Period: Contemporary Modern Historical
Media: Mixed Media, Multimedia or Installations Painting Photography Prints and Drawings Sculpture Sketchbooks or Albums Film and Video
Miscellaneous: Religious Art
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Services & Activities
Complimentary cloakroom. Strollers and wheelchairs are provided free of charge at the Tour Group Information Desk.
Archival Records Library Laboratory Conservation or Restoration
School Programs : Age 0-4 (Pre-School) : Age 5-11 (k-6) : Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP) : Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary) Seniors Programs Family Programs Classes or Workshops Demonstrations Discovery Room or Centre Professional Development
Bilingual Services Guided Tours : English : French Accessible by Public Transportation Audio Guides : English : French Children's Activities or Services : Strollers Available Information Centre or Desk Meeting Room Rental Parking Facilities : Charged Gift shop Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Signs : Wheelchairs available : Wheelchair access Cloakroom Washrooms
Volunteer Services Available Volunteer Training Offered
Number of volunteers: 284
Activities: presentations, visits and tours, other duties in the collection, office work
Join the NGC and experience the National Gallery in the best way possible. As a Member of our larger family, you will enjoy the many amenities that both the Gallery and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography offer - free admission to the permanent collection and all special exhibitions and 15% discounts at the Bookstore and on your Shop NGC purchases, invitations to the Gallery exhibition openings, exclusive invitations to Members' Evenings, members' magazine Vernissage and the Calendar of Events, the Foundation's donor newsletter, Accolade, a 15% discount at the Bookstore, a minimum 10% discount on workshops and National Gallery produced arts events, volunteer and travel opportunities, discount of $2 on maximum daily parking rate.
Cafeteria Snack Bar or Vending Machines Picnic Area Catering Services Reception Facilities Restaurant
Collections Virtual Exhibitions Education School Visits or Programs Directions or Map Online Giftshop or Bookstore
Publications & Products
Museum Guide Catalogues Posters Postcards Slides CD-ROMS Brochures Scholarly Papers Books Magazines Annual Reports T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps Tour Packages Educational kits
Hours & Admission
Operation: Year Round
Open: 1 May – 30 September:
Open daily, from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday to 8 pm.
Monday May 18 - FREE admission to the NGC collection (International Museums Day + Victoria Day weekend)
Sunday June 7 - FREE admission to the NGC collection
(Doors Open Ottawa)
Wednesday July 1 - FREE admission to the NGC collection
Closed: Closed 25 December (Christmas Day). Closed on 1 January (New Year's Day).
Permanent Collection: Free for everyone, every day. Admission fee required for special exhibitions.
Discounts: Seniors Students Groups CMA members
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone:   (613) 990-1985 / 1-800-319-2787
National Gallery of Canada
P.O. Box 427, Station A , Ottawa , Ontario
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Last updated: 2011 10 24