Discover contemporary and historical artworks - including paintings, sculptures, photographs and multimedia installations - in this landmark site located near the vibrant ByWard Market area.
Step underneath Maman, a 9-metre (30 foot) sculpture of a spider by Louise Bourgeois, before entering the stunning granite-and-glass building designed by Moshe Safdie. Inside, you can explore more than 40,000 works by some 6,000 creators! Discover the story of art in Canada in the Indigenous and Canadian Galleries - a massive display that includes ancient Indigenous artifacts, religious pieces from New France, Group of Seven paintings and modern Inuit sculptures. Explore Canada's finest collection of European art, strong collections of Asian and international works, as well as world-class special exhibitions. The Gallery is also home to one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of photographs and related materials.
The National Gallery of Canada is also full of unexpected surprises. Enter the reconstructed and ornate Rideau Street Chapel, where 40 recorded choir voices magically surround you; get Zen in the beautiful interior Garden Court; and head outside to Kìwekì Point (formerly Nepean Point) behind the museum to see several unique art installations, including the towering contemporary sculpture One Hundred Foot Line by Roxy Paine. The point also features a large statue of French explorer Samuel de Champlain and provides a panoramic view of the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau, including Parliament Hill.
Some sections of Kìwekì Point may be inaccessible due to ongoing rehabilitation.