Visiting an art gallery is a fun, interesting, relaxing and enriching experience. If you keep these basic tips in mind then everyone will have an enjoyable visit!
WHY ARE THE CANADIAN GALLERIES CLOSED?
To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Gallery is embarking on a major transformation. The Canadian Galleries are temporarily closed and will reopen on 14 June 2017 as the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Selected Contemporary galleries are also closed until spring 2017. There’s still plenty to see and do during this time at the Gallery. Discover our European collections on view. Or take in a special exhibition. Visit www.gallery.ca/2017 for more details about the Gallery’s exhibitions and activities in 2017. Notice: the European and American Galleries will be closed from 23 January to 29 January 2017. Learn more
CAN I TOUCH THE ARTWORK?
No. Please help us preserve your museum’s collection and don’t touch the works of art. To avoid damaging works of art, visitors should stand at least one arm's length away from all paintings, sculptures, installation pieces and display cases.
For the safety of the art, the public and your child, please do not carry children in back carriers or on your shoulders.
The NGC is no longer preventing visitors from using hand-held devices to take photographs in the permanent collection galleries and public spaces for personal use only, except where indicated.
It is the visitors’ responsibility to respect Canadian copyright laws (see http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/) and the rights of artists and their representatives.
Flash photography and tripods are not permitted.
How do I know if I can or cannot photograph a work of art?
You will see a “No Photo” symbol close to the artwork’s label OR a “No Photo” sign at the entrance to the exhibition space.
Can I photograph an entire room of works if only one of the works in the space has a “No Photo” symbol?
No, you are not allowed to take a photograph of an artwork identified with a “No Photo” symbol.
ARE FOOD OR BEVERAGES ALLOWED IN THE GALLERY?
Eating and drinking is not permitted in the exhibition galleries.
CAN I USE MY CELLULAR PHONE IN THE GALLERY?
Cellular phones may not be used in the exhibition galleries. We ask that you turn the ring tone off.
IS IN-GALLERY DRAWING ALLOWED?
Drawing is permitted in the galleries with pencil only (erasers are not permitted). You may be asked to stop if the galleries are too crowded.
WHAT OTHER VISITOR POLICIES OF THE GALLERY SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT?
No visitor is allowed to create any activity that could be described as a performance, a show or a happening, make a declaration or speech, create a media event or photo opportunity on Gallery property or give tours of the exhibitions without prior approval from Gallery authorities.
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