Free Admission is extended to all visitors on Friday, September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.



Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday 10 am to 5 pm
Thursday 10 am to 8 pm
Friday 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 10 am to 5 pm



Events and Activities

Dr. Kenneth Montague
Join Dr. Kenneth Montague for an inspiring presentation on the Wedge Collection and contemporary Black photography.
Sep 29, 2022
6:00 pm EDT
Lecture Hall
Photo of Stan Douglas.
Join us for the seventh annual Stonecroft Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture, featuring internationally renowned Canadian artist Stan Douglas.
Oct 6, 2022
6:00 pm EDT
Auditorium, livestreamed on Zoom



In the most comprehensive retrospective on the trio ever produced, the NGC brings together more than 200 works exploring General Idea’s career.


Magi© Bullet and Magi© Carpet.

General Idea is known for prompting public interaction with their artworks. Among the extraordinary installations in this exhibition, visitors won’t want to miss Magi© Bullet and Magi© Carpet.

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General Idea Television

This webpage offers a selection of General Idea’s video works available to stream for free during the course of the exhibition.

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AUDIO tour

General Idea, Looking Ahead

In this entertaining audio tour, artists and experts from across the country and across generations share their thoughts on General Idea.

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National Collection

Photo blog

Explore the art of photography from the medium’s earliest days to cutting-edge contemporary techniques, through fascinating stories inspired by works in the national photography collection.

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Ayana Jackson, Saffronia, 2017. Ink jet print, 98 x 128 cm. Purchased 2020. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa © Ayana Jackson, courtesy baudoin lebon. Photo: NGC

Ink jet print. Ayana Jackson, Saffronia, 2017

Ayana Jackson, Saffronia, 2017. Ink jet print, 98 x 128 cm. Purchased 2020. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa © Ayana Jackson. Photo: NGC

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