Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

For Museums

The National Gallery of Canada aims to establish and foster liaison with other museums, and to share professional and technical expertise, skills and services.


The National Gallery of Canada’s On Tour Travelling Exhibitions Program is intended to reach a broad range of audiences in both urban and regional centers and circulates approximately 30 exhibitions each year to museums and galleries across Canada and abroad. Our partnerships with institutions in and outside Canada expand exhibition programming, increase audience awareness of Canadian art and artists, and provide a unique opportunity to share our collection.

Committed to reaching as many audiences as possible, exhibition publications, new educational programs and the On Tour lecture series are developed to support the touring program. If you are interested in booking an exhibition for your Museum, or are looking for more information about an artwork in a travelling exhibition, click here.



In addition to our public reference service, especially on Canadian art subjects, here are some of the specialized services we offer to museums. 


We send National Gallery of Canada publications to other museum libraries in exchange for their equivalent publications. We also circulate regular lists of duplicate books which we will ship to other Canadian museum libraries at no charge. 

Inter-library and exhibition loans

We lend books and other materials through inter-library loan to other libraries whose affiliated users have a need to consult them, on condition that the books are consulted only within the borrowing library. We also supply photocopied or digitized articles and texts to other libraries through document delivery, subject to Canadian copyright restrictions. And materials from our collections of rare books, artists’ books and multiples, archival documents and photographs, for example, may be loaned to other museums for inclusion in exhibitions. 


We maintain the Artists in Canada database as a collaborative venture with other Canadian libraries and archives, including museums. Artists in Canada is a bilingual union list that identifies the location of documentation files on Canadian artists, hosted by Canadian Heritage Information Network (www.chin.gc.ca/). 

Professional advice

We are always ready to offer professional advice about the management and operations of museum libraries and archives to other Canadian museums who are looking for guidance.



Spend a week in Ottawa and see how the National Gallery of Canada works – from the inside out.
The National Gallery of Canada Orientation Program is a 5-day professional development opportunity, in November 2011, for new, mid-career and experienced museum professionals from across Canada. Participants gain practical information about the structure, resources, activities, and programs of the Gallery, and are provided with strategies for adapting and applying it in their own institutions. Time is scheduled to network with Gallery colleagues and fellow Orientation Program participants, and to visit other cultural institutions in the National Capital Region.

Letters are sent to member institutions of the Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization in the summer. Directors select staff to participate.

Past participants have come from institutions large and small across Canada and have had this to say:
“The orientation program was extremely well run; as a young professional I would recommend this program to anyone working in the arts. I was happy to see the different sites of operation and hear the perspectives from the individual in these areas.” - Siobhan Wiggans, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, 2007
“The experience and the people of this past week will continue to make an impact in my day to day activities.” - Diane Lara, Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, 2007