Bring your family to create, learn and have fun.

At each Family Sunday, kids ages 0–12 and their adults experience the national collection through a different theme. This season, we explore art through the worlds of dance, acting and mystery.

Included with Gallery Admission.
Always free for Members.


Mystery at the Gallery

11 am to 4 pm
Experience the National Collection through mystery-themed activities.

What can you do today?

All ages
Art Making – Scotiabank Great Hall
Fingerprint Art: Each artwork will be as unique as you.

Mysterious Music – Scotiabank Great Hall
Trio Neutrino will play a selection of mysterious music including contemporary, romantic and pop-classic. Music experts from Sonart will get us moving and guide us through this uniquely mysterious listening experience!

Ages 0–3
Songs and Stories – Departs from Scotiabank Great Hall
Adults, bring your babies and toddlers for songs and stories in the Gallery. Together, we’ll explore the artworks to discover clues left for us by the artists.  In partnership with Mothercraft Ottawa.

Ages 0–6
Sensory-Based Play – Sketches
Let the kids explore materials with hands-on activities. It’s never too early to get into art!
In partnership with Mothercraft Ottawa.

Ages 3+
Board Games in Baroque Baroque Gallery
One mystery not enough? Join us to play a round of “Clue” or “Guess who?” Quality family time surrounded by Baroque masters! Board games provided.

Ages 4–12
Gallery Tours: Mystery at the Art Gallery? – Departs from Scotiabank Great Hall
Join the detective squad. Clues are hiding here and there. You’ll need to look closely at the artworks to discover where to go next and solve the mystery! Characters along the way may choose to help you solve the mystery – if you have the password.

Ages 9+ PG
Film Screening – Auditorium
A Cat in Paris (2010) / Une vie de chat (original title) 70 min
Dino the cat leads a double life. House cat by day, cat burglar by night. His worlds collide when his young owner Zoe follows him on his nocturnal adventures. Separate language screenings.

Who will you meet today?

The NGC Education Team delivers tours and workshops throughout the year to visitors of all ages. Making, looking and talking about art encourages the development of critical thinking and visual literacy skills. Come over, say hi and get ready to art-it-up!

Mothercraft Ottawa is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides programs and services for families. Mothercraft is partnering with the NGC to present thematic programming for the 0–6 crew and their parents and caregivers.

Sonart is a music school that offers expert-taught classes where all music styles are joined to bring music, culture and community together. Sonart has collaborated with the NGC to present today's Music Programming.

Trio Neutrino was founded in January 2013. Neutrino is an Ottawa-Gatineau based trio made up of students from the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau.


What Time Does It Start At?

Save the date for our next Family Sundays:

Family Membership

Enjoying your family time at the National Gallery of Canada? Purchase a family membership today and delight in family activities all year long!

  • Unlimited access to Artissimo and Family Sundays
  • Unlimited admission to the national collection
  • Unlimited admission to special exhibitions
  • Invitations to all special exhibition openings and Members’ Evenings
  • Exclusive Member previews for some special exhibitions
  • A 10% discount on summer camps, workshops and events
  • A 15% discount at the NGC Bookstore*
  • Discounts at the Cafétéria des Beaux-Arts, the Café in the Great Hall, as well as on parking*
  • Subscriptions to the NGC monthly e-newsletter and NGC Magazine newsletter

A family membership consists of two adults and children between the ages of 12 and 19 residing in the same household. Children age 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult, and do not require membership cards.

*Some conditions apply


Family Sundays are included with Gallery Admission. Always free for Members.

General Admission to the National Collection
Adults $12
Seniors (65+) $10
Students (With Valid ID) $10
Youth (age 12 – 19) $6
Children (age 11 and under) Free
Family (2 adults and 3 youths) $24
Members Free (become a Member)
  All Prices include Tax


Family Sundays take place from 11 am to 4 pm. But if you want to arrive earlier or explore the galleries a little bit later, you can. From 1 October – 30 April, the Gallery is open Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. Learn More


Have a question about Family Sundays? Don’t hesitate to get in touch. Contact us at 613-998-8888 and or check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Visitor Info

  • Water fountains and restrooms (with baby changing stations) are located on every floor
  • Coat and bag check is free, Main Lobby Level
  • Strollers and wheelchairs are available in the Tour Group Lobby, Main Lobby Level
  • While the Bookstore is getting a brand-new look, you can find a wide range of unique gift items, posters, stationery and books at its temporary location on Level 1.
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Food + Beverages

  • Purchase snacks and meals at our family-friendly Cafétéria des Beaux-Arts – high chairs and booster seats available
  • Enjoy snacks from home in the Tour Group Lobby
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in the galleries, Garden or Water Court spaces
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Helpful Hints

  • If you are separated from your group, talk to a security guard
  • Keep fingers and bodies a safe distance from artworks – no touching the art please!
  • Front-facing child carriers are welcome, but not backpacks
  • Art and food don’t mix! Please enjoy your snacks in the cafeteria
  • Walk, don’t run in the museum – if your family has the wiggles and needs room to roam, take a break and check out our huge outdoor sculptures.
  • Have kids sit down to focus on one artwork. Borrow a folding stool or sit on the floor. Just be sure not to block paths or exits!