Ottawa is proud to be home to The National Gallery of Canada, a world renowned art institution.
It is located at the corner of Sussex Street and St. Patrick Street. The impressive granite and glass structure was built in 1988. It is an exceptional building and it is a popular place for photos for residents and tourists alike.
Besides the beauty of the actual building, it is quite popular because of the 30-foot-tall spider called Maman by Louise Bourgeois that is located outside the gallery. We have had many family members from out of town pose in front of this huge piece of art. It’s quite a tourist attraction.
Inside the gallery is where you will find the exceptional collections. The collections include Canadian Art, Indigenous Art, International Art, Asian Art, Prints & Drawings, Photographs and Contemporary Art. There really is something there to please every taste.
Besides the collections, there are also numerous fascinating exhibitions that make their way to the National Gallery.
Here is some information about the Gallery that you will find useful if you are going to plan a visit:
Hours (please always call ahead as hours may change without notice)
October 1 – April 30
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Thursdays: 10am – 8pm
There are some exceptions to the above hours. They are closed on some holidays and/or open later. Please call ahead.
May 1 – September 30
Daily: 10am – 5pm
Thursdays: 10am – 8pm
There is an underground parking lot on-site.
Keep in mind that the prices will vary depending on whether you are going to see one of the permanent collections or a special exhibit.
Please check their website for the most up to date admission amounts.
Special Exhibitions: The prices vary. They will be a bit more expensive then the Permanent Collection BUT will include admission to the Permanent Collection.
Advance Ticket Sales: Unless otherwise stated, you can get tickets in person or by calling 613-998-8888 or 1-888-541-8888.
Online Ticket Sales: You can get tickets in advance through the ShopNGC.ca website.
Guided Tours of the Permanent Collection:
The tours are FREE with your admission!
***Double check by calling in advance in case these hours change without notice
- Cafeteria des Beaux-Arts – for families and groups in an informal setting but with spectacular views of the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill
- Café l’Entrée
- catering services also available if you want to host an event at the National Gallery
The National Gallery of Canada is a place you don’t want to miss while visiting Ottawa. If you live here and you have never been, we highly recommend a trip downtown to witness this spectacular gallery for yourself.