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.
Choose Between Two Options
- C$45 for a one-year individual membership (a C$90 value)
- C$55 for a one-year family membership, for two adults and children age 12–17 residing in the same household (a C$110 value)
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
The Parliament Buildings. The Ottawa River. The Gatineau Hills. Framed in the soaring glass windows of the National Gallery of Canada's Great Hall, these landmarks take on the qualities of artistic masterpieces. However, the stunning views are just a part of the allure of Canada's preeminent art museum. The museum is home to more than 36,000 pieces of fine art and 125,000 pieces of contemporary photography, which curators show off inside six airy galleries.
Along with works by Ansel Adams, Daphne Odjig, and A.Y. Jackson, the collection includes pieces of indigenous art, delicate silver work, and even architectural elements saved from wrecking balls throughout the centuries. The museum's Rideau Chapel takes this preservationist mindset to its logical conclusion; the 19th-century ecclesiastical building was reconstructed in full inside the museum's grounds, standing as one of only two full-scale architectural exhibits in all of North America. Guests can explore the chapel and more during leisurely visits, which might also include a stroll through the well-groomed gardens that dot the museum's grounds.