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National Gallery of Canada

Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa, Canada’s capital, is full of history, museums, and incredible architecture. The National Gallery of Canada is one of the largest art galleries in the country! 

The National Gallery of Canada was established in 1880 and resides in a building designed in 1988.  The museum was originally housed in the same building as the Supreme Court, but as the gallery grew, it needed a new building. 

Its collection contains a variety of paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs, mostly by Canadian artists; some notable works by American and European artists. The collection holds over 40,000 works of art with the contemporary exhibits changing every three to six months. 

Outside of the gallery, you will surely find the giant spider sculpture, Maman, designed by Louise Bourgeois. The sculpture stands 9.25 meters (30 feet) tall, and is carrying 26 marble spider eggs. 

Be sure to visit the National Gallery’s official website to see what’s on during your visit!

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