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

1380 Sherbrooke W, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1J5, Canada
+1 514-285-2000
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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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1380 Sherbrooke W, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1J5, Canada
Centre-Ville (Downtown)
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had the audio movie to start with which was very good at explaining all the exhibits. It is easy to walk around for all ages. At the time we went there was a special Egypt exhibit. A good way to understand the history of...More

Thank Debridley R
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Loved both the Picasso and We Are Here from Here exhibits. The commentaries at the paintings/exhbitis at times read like textbooks, but this made it very educational as it provided historical context. Highly recommend a visit- we only got to two of the four exhibits...More

Thank vacationerBoston
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The art gallery comprises of more than one building, and they are connected by underground pathways. Its a beautiful building, from the outside and inside. Lots of visitors, but never felt crowded. I also visited its cafeteria (the gallery also has a more upmarket restaurant)...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Two sides connected by level S2. Excellent modern collections. Works encompass many periods and impressionist works beautiful.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On my 4th trip to Montreal, I finally was able to carve aside some time for the Fine Arts Museum. Spent the majority of my time in the ancient and Canadian art sections, and was pleased with the setup and quality of the art. The...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My spouse and I came from New York specifically to see “Napoleon: The Imperial Household” exhibition. We’re fans of neoclassicism and admire the craftsmanship of real French First Empire objects. We were motivated by good reviews we read of this show. Given all that, it...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place blew my expectations out of the water. We saw the Napoleon exhibit which was quite cool but they also have a lot of permanent exhibits that were really impressive. The place has 5 buildings with exhibits in each. My wife and I ran...More

Thank Ziertek
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There was a Napoleon exhibition when I visited the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Admission ticket was C$23 for the entire Museum exhibits. Spent 3 hours there and it was money well spent. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Exellent way to spend your half days You can also go the last sunday of each month its FREE Kids can also enjoy a painting time at the hall They cater to them for free and they give you the paint too

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice museum with lots of famous pieces. I was really impressed by the way the collections were curated. Everything in there is welcoming and warm and puts you at ease, almost as you were “friends “ with the art, unpretentious. I was very pleased...More

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