One-Year Individual or Family Membership to The National Gallery of Canada (Half Off)

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Membership includes a year to view more than 40,000 artworks for free, invitations to exhibition openings and events, and discounts

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Expires Sep 30th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Family Membership is two adults and up to four children living in the same household. Not valid with other offers. Valid for people who have not had a membership within six months of the promotion. After expiration, the amount paid for this voucher is valid only toward museum memberships. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Old masters rewarded observant art critics by hiding things in their paintings, such as discreet self-portraits and lewd caricatures of the queen. Redeem art history with this Groupon.

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Each membership grants visitors a year’s worth of free admission to the permanent collection, as well as invitations to exhibition openings and members' events, and discounted bookstore purchases, workshops, and arts events produced by the gallery.

The gallery's current crop of special exhibitions includes Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art (opening Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m.), a showcase of indigenous art by more than 80 artists from 16 countries and six continents.

The National Gallery of Canada

A fair warning to arachnophobes: to enter The National Gallery of Canada, you must cross paths with a 30-foot-tall egg-carrying spider. But fear not, the giant insect isn't real—it's Louise Bourgeois' bronze sculpture Maman, which arrived at the gallery's front plaza in 2005.

Maman is one of the museum's nearly 64,000 artworks, including 17,000 pieces from the collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (currently housed at the Gallery), which trace the history of visual art from the Middle Ages to today with an emphasis on Canadian artists. Along with paintings by Hieronymus Bosch, Daphne Odjig, and A.Y. Jackson, the collection includes approximately 9,100 prints, 6,600 drawings, and 19,700 photographs—and not a single one is a cat meme. The gallery also showcases more than 3,000 pieces of contemporary work from Canadian and international artists.

The museum's collection grows by an average of 300 pieces a year, which fill about a quarter of the building's 569,000 square feet. The space features impressive views of the Ottawa River, and houses lush gardens and peaceful courtyards.

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