Salon wall in the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries at the National Gallery of Canada.

Indigenous and Canadian Art

Experience art in Canada like never before

In these transformed galleries, the parallel and, at times, interrelated stories of Indigenous and Canadian art in Canada are brought together in one unforgettable display. Almost 800 paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, silver, and decorative art objects from across Canada are on view, dating from 5,000 years ago to 1967.

Visitors can rediscover iconic artworks from the national collection – many of which have been restored – or find a new favourite among the objects featured here for the first time. There are 225 additional works to see in the reconfigured galleries, including recent acquisitions by artists such as A.Y. Jackson, Lawren S. Harris, George T. Berthon, Ruben Komangapik, Tim Pitsiulak, and Emily Carr, among others. Also on view is an impressive selection of objects on temporary loan: among them, close to 100 stunning works by Indigenous artists.

With open spaces, bold wall colours and airy display cases, the Indigenous and Canadian​ Galleries are inviting and inspiring. Plan your visit today.


National Gallery of Canada Indigenous and Canadian Galleries
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

Gallery Highlights - The Croscup Room

A couple walling into the Croscup Room

Gallery A103
The Croscup Room, as it is now known, was the main room of a house in Karsdale, Nova Scotia. Somewhere around 1846–1848, its walls were painted by an unidentified artist for shipbuilder William Croscup and his family.


Did you know?

The Gallery has put women artists at the centre of several displays in the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Discover a few fast facts in these short videos. 

Joyce Wieland


Jessie Oonark


Prudence Heward


In the News

"What a revelation to see the Woodlands School, represented by Norval Morrisseau’s Artist and Shaman Between Two Worlds, hung alongside the work of London, Ont., artists Jack Chambers and Greg Curnoe, including Curnoe’s colourful View of Victoria Hospital, Second Series."

"…the exhibition is, like the nation itself, too vast and diverse to be grasped in one visit, for this history is written by many authors in multiple languages, and the story it tells is grand and sweeping."


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