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Uncovering Canadian heritage

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postedMarch 14, 2018

The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art, says tourism marketing officer Hélène Donaldson.

“At the National Gallery of Canada, we are proud to be a top destination for student and adult groups alike. Our outstanding guides and educators facilitate an experience of choice—guided tours, workshops and in-gallery drawing, to name a few,” she says.

The attraction, initially formed in 1880, features Canada’s premier collection of European art from the 14th through the 21st centuries, as well as collections of American, Asian and Indigenous art, prints, drawings and photographs.

From June through December this year, visitors can see “Canadian & Indigenous Art: From Time Immemorial to 1967,” an exhibition featuring masterpieces ranging from 5,000 years ago to the 1960s.

“On view are thematic displays that explore the magnetic north, inhabited landscapes, Canadians abroad and the emergence of Inuit art. It’s a true testament to the rich and multifaceted Canadian experience,” Donaldson says of the exhibit.

In the fall, the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario will co-present “Anthropocene,” a major new contemporary art exhibition using film, photography and new technologies to explore the impact of humans on Earth. “Oscar G. Rejlander: Artist Photographer,” will also appear in the fall, and will be the first retrospective on “the father of art photography.”

The gallery also houses a bookstore, a restaurant with spectacular views of the city, and Café 7, a new tapas and wine bar.

For more information, email Donaldson or visit

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