The National Gallery of Canada is one of the world's most respected art institutions, renowned for its exceptional collections, revered for its scholarship, and applauded for its unique ability to engage audiences of all ages and all levels of artistic knowledge. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada is among the oldest of Canada's national cultural institutions. Its current status as a federal Crown Corporation dates from 1990, when the Museums Act was proclaimed.
A Unique Mandate
The National Gallery of Canada's mandate is to develop, maintain, and make known, throughout Canada and internationally, a collection of works of art, both historic and contemporary, with special, but not exclusive, reference to Canada, and to further knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment of art in general among all Canadians.
The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP) was established as an affiliate of the National Gallery of Canada in 1985 to collect, interpret, and disseminate Canadian contemporary photography. The Gallery reports to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. Along with the Department of Canadian Heritage and 17 other national cultural institutions, the Gallery is a member of the Canadian Heritage Portfolio.
A Compelling Vision
The National Gallery of Canada strives to provide Canadians with a sense of identity with and pride in Canada's rich visual-arts heritage. Through its collections, onsite and travelling exhibitions, loans program, educational programs and publications, professional training programs, and outreach initiatives, the Gallery aspires to be a model of excellence in furthering knowledge of the visual arts, both at home and abroad. Through collaboration with national and international institutions, the Gallery seeks to make art accessible, meaningful, and vital to diverse audiences of all ages.
Exceptions to Opening Hours: open Ontario Family Day, Spring Break in Ontario and Quebec, Easter Sunday and Monday, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day starting at noon, and 26-27 December. Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and 3 January.