Top 5 Art Galleries and Museums in Ottawa
The art scene is alive and well in Ottawa which means there are plenty of galleries to go explore. Creativity is an important skill at any age so inspire your children to create by taking them to galleries where they can how people tell their stories through art. Here’s our list of the best galleries for families in Ottawa.
5. The Cube Gallery
Cube Gallery was the first gallery to open in the Wellington West Village and is right in the middle of a thriving art, fashion, and food area. Not just an art gallery, the Cube hosts plays, cultural events, and concerts for a wide variety of music. This is a terrific art space to take in Canadian contemporary art but also explore other artistic events that are happening in the space.
4. Gallery 101
This non-profit artist run gallery aims to showcase artists’ work the way they want to showcase it. Gallery 101 gives opportunities to a variety of artists who would not necessarily be exhibited otherwise and as a result, the exhibits are intriguing and unique to most gallery exhibits. With such an artist heavy view, this is a good place to go to explore creative work from a variety of mediums.
3. Gallery 3
Focusing on Canadian contemporary artists, Gallery 3 is a smaller independent gallery that showcases established Canadian artists and up and coming talent as well. This is a good place to go to really think about the art that you are seeing and is better for older kids who have developed an appreciation for art.
2. Ottawa Art Gallery
If you’re looking for a smaller art gallery that focuses on art of many mediums and periods, the Ottawa Art Gallery is for you. They have over 1020 pieces in their permanent collection, ranging from paintings to new media to photographs, and graphic arts. The OAG focuses on art from the Ottawa and Gatineau region with work that is as old as the region and is as recent as last year. They also welcome young people to come for programming on Creative Sundays to encourage art making and creativity.
1. National Gallery of Canada and Canadian Photography Institute
As the National Gallery of Canada, this gallery aims to showcase Canada’s place in the art history world while telling the story of our development through historical pieces from Europe and other continents around the world. They recently opened up a specifically Canadian gallery as well as an Indigenous art gallery to demonstrate how Canadians see their country. For those that are specifically interested in looking at photography, they have created a fantastic photography collection through the Canadian Photography Institute. The gallery itself is a beautiful architectural marvel with the famous spider sculpture Maman keeping guard at the front door. The National Gallery has family specific programming every Sunday and has an art program called Artissimo running consistently to encourage kids to make art. This is a great gallery for families to create their own art projects and to be inspired by art from all over the world that tells a story.