Exhibition visitor numbers at Ottawa’s National Gallery hit six-year high

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One of Ottawa’s most popular tourist attractions says it’s received a large boost in attendance from a special exhibition this summer.

The National Gallery of Canada says its Impressionist Treasures – which features 76 paintings by the likes of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and others – has attracted more than 114,000 visitors to date, making it the most attended summer exhibition since Van Gogh: Up Close, the Gallery’s 2012 summer show.

In an innovative promotion, the National Gallery installed a special pop-up exhibition in the lobby on Constitution Square to raise the profile of its temporary exhibition, which closes Sept. 9.

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The National Gallery attracted 383,135 visitors in 2016-17, according to its most recent annual report, down from 416,442 in 2015-16. Officials say the eight-month closure of  the Canadian galleries for renovations likely affected attendance.

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