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Visiting FAQ

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!

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.

CAN I TAKE PICTURES IN THE GALLERY?

Visitors may take pictures for personal use, with a hand-held camera and electronic flash, only of the public spaces of the National Gallery of Canada. For copyright reasons, it is not permitted to photograph works in the exhibition galleries.

Professional photographic equipment, video cameras, recording devices, tripods, lights and other similar equipment are not permitted without prior approval from Gallery authorities. To use such equipment, please contact us.

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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