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

Paul Cézanne, Women Bathing
"Women Bathing" by Paul Cézanne is one of the paintings on display at the National Gallery of Canada's Impressionist Treasures exhibition.

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.

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.