National Gallery of Canada

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Arguably one of the most beautiful structures in the nation's capital, the National Gallery of Canada is a striking mesh of fused glass and granite that is home to an impressive art collection. The entrance of the gallery is dominated by Louis Bourgeois' Maman, a gigantic arachnid sculpture that shelters its 26 marble eggs from prying eyes. Once inside the building, visitors proceed along a long, glass concourse with a vaulted ceiling that leads to the Great Hall. From the hall, visitors can access the gallery's many rooms, each associated with an artistic style or period. Home to nearly 40,000 works of art and an astounding collection of Canadian creations, the National Gallery of Canada is acknowledged as one of the most eminent institutions of fine art in the world. Some of the gallery's most soul-stirring and evocative pieces of art include the religious artwork of New France, the Group of Seven paintings, Inuit sculptures, and Andy Warhol's masterpieces, as well as paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt and Claude Monet.

Location:  380 Sussex Drive

Business hours:  May-Sep - Mo-Su 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Oct-Apr - Tu-We 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Oct-Apr - Th 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Oct-Apr - Fr-Su 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.