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“Unique collection with broad coverage of both arts and crafts”

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)
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US$94.54*
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Ranked #4 of 415 things to do in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Very large facility of four buildings connected underground with each other and offering comprehensive collections of European, Canadian and Oriental art along with appealing contemporary works. People of all ages with enjoy the contemporary art and craft works in particular. Got to be the only museum in the world connected to a optician' store. Haven't figured that one out.

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Reviewed 24 August 2014

We went to see the Faberge eggs and were delighted with the more complete Russian exhibition. The artifacts were beautiful to see and the accompanying history was well done. We didn't visit the rest of the museum because we could not determine they had an impressionist section.

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Reviewed 24 August 2014

If you haven't been, go see the Faberge Exhibition. Exquisite pieces adorned with semi and precious stones. The Easter eggs presented by the Czar to his mother, his wife and his family were unbelievable - intricate workmanship and just jaw dropping gorgeous.

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Reviewed 23 August 2014

The museum was very beautiful - almost a work of art in itself. I loved the different levels along with the different buildings connected by walkways under the road. The art that is on the streets around the museum was also fantastic (especially the Chihuly!) This was a first time visit to Montreal and I was very impressed with the art in this museum. I was especially pleased to get to see the Faberge display, the exhibition was outstanding. A great cafe for lunch and an awesome museum shop too.

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Reviewed 23 August 2014

Visiting the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is like visiting Four (or more) Museums at once. We went primarily to see the Fabuleux Faberge exhibit, but spent a good portion of the rest of the day in the museum. The museum itself is spread across four distinct buildings (which visitors access via an underground route). The amount of space in the museum is astonishing and the exhibits are vast and cover such a wide array of styles and periods that (I believe) one could spend weeks in this museum and still not see / appreciate all of its offerings. There are audio tours available as well as some guided tours of some exhibits. I eavesdropped with some high-level class for a short while and learned quite a bit about Canada's modernist period.

The museum is a world-class museum. It is also a joy to visit at night, where a beautiful collection of works are situated at each corner of the museum's exterior property (the museum itself is closed at night, mind you). They are lit (like many of Montreal's sites) beautifully at night. Situated in a picturesque and charming neighborhood, the museum is an absolute must visit while in Montreal.

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