National Gallery of Canada
Located just steps from Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa, the National Gallery of Canada is the country's showcase of the visual arts and a spectacular architectural landmark.
- Created in 1880, the National Gallery is among Canada's oldest national cultural institutions.
- Designed by famed architect Moshe Safdie, the Gallery's current building opened in 1988.
- Outside the Gallery you can't miss one of its most famous works of art - Maman - a 9.25 metre (30 feet) tall bronze sculpture of a spider carrying a sac of 26 pure white marble eggs under her belly, sculpted by Louise Bourgeois.
- The Canadian Galleries display some of the country's largest collections of Canadian art, including works by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven.
- European and American Galleries display paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the early fourteenth to the late twentieth century.
- Displays of contemporary art change every three to six months to offer rich and varied encounters with art created over the past three decades in Canada and abroad.
- Special exhibitions are presented year round.
- The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography is also hosted on the premises of the National Gallery of Canada.