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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)

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Centre-Ville (Downtown)
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Address: 1380 Sherbrooke W, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1J5, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 514-285-2000
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Founded in 1860 as the Art Association of Montreal by a group of Montreal...

Founded in 1860 as the Art Association of Montreal by a group of Montreal art collectors and patrons, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) was one of the first museums in North America to build up an encyclopedic collection worthy of the name. It now numbers over 41,000 works from Antiquity to today, making it unique in Canada. It comprises paintings, sculptures, graphic arts, photographs and decorative art objects displayed in four pavilions: the Jean-Noel Desmarais Pavilion (international art), the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion (world cultures), the Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion (decorative arts and design) and the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion (Quebec and Canadian art). The latter, which was inaugurated in September 2011, includes a 444-seat concert hall - Bourgie Hall - featuring an important group of Tiffany stained glass windows.

A fifth wing, the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace devoted to international art and education, will open in late 2016 to launch Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.

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Extensive collection, well-presented 'blockbusters'

Always something interesting to discover at this huge (recently expanded) museum. They go all out to make things great for families, too ('treasure hunt' handouts, a wonderful... read more

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Always something interesting to discover at this huge (recently expanded) museum. They go all out to make things great for families, too ('treasure hunt' handouts, a wonderful hands-on creative art center). Not only paintings and sculptures - they have a huge collection of furniture and 'decorative arts' too. Their African arts collection is well-presented as well.

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There were Picasso's, Monet's, exhibits of Napoleon, a Rembrandt, Rodin statues and some modern art I skimmed over. I have been here twice now and both times it was free admission. They tell me that regularly the entrance fee is $12.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

we went to the Mapplethorpe exhibit at the gallery at it was an amazing experience. I have been many times to the Musee and I recommend it for its resident collection, but also for the excellent travelling exhibits it attracts.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is the Disney World of art Museums. Buildings full of the most amazing art. Picasso, Monet, El Greco, Warhol. Motherwell, the list seems endless. Every time period and art movement seems to be represented. The Pavilion of Peace is exhilarating with its light and airy feel. There is something for everyone from every walk of life. My daughter said... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What en excellent Art Museum! We visited in December and the entry to the museum was free. We entered through the main entrance and used the free coat check. We spent so much time in the main building that we didn't even have time to go to the other pavilions! I wish we'd had more time to explore. With the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One can not compare this museum to the European art galleries, but the collection is not bad. We especially loved the Holland collection and the 19th century art (both European and Canadian).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They have a wonderful range of art pieces. All are presented well. Some of the works of art are very old! It was free to enter and view the collections, so that was a bonus!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The collection of Impressionist to modern artists is compact but stunning but the real star is the new building itself which is perfectly arranged to display art in absorbable fashion. There is also a wonderful modernist high-end restaurant on site as well as an adjoining affordable Cafe. It is a pleasure to pass a few hours in this wonderful Museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great blend of traditional and contemporary art, and on a wintry Sunday afternoon, admission was free and it was not too crowded.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was so glad that I was withing walking distance of this wonderful museum. (Just off of St. Catherine ) It is very family friendly with events for the children on Saturdays. I suggest starting on the fourth floor and working down.I would post pictures, but the web site is far superior in quality and scope. many permanent exhibits, including... More 

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