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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 3 days ago

My only regret is that we didn't plan enough time for this wonderful museum. The special exhibit was terrifically curated, and although my husband went into it more excited about the topic than I was, I was certainly drawn in and am now eager to...More

Thank HP-and-CE
Reviewed 3 days ago

Absolutely loved my visit to the the Musee Des Beaux-Arts; I was in there for hours so much to see and I still had to rush round in the end. The staff were very helpful and accommodating and the cafe had a nice selection of...More

Thank JacqNTel
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very nice museum. One of my favorites in Montreal. I was at a wedding as well at this excellent place. Type of museum I could go back again and again without getting bored.

Thank nicolaspR4588WR
Reviewed 5 days ago

Probably one of the must-do experiences in Montreal, the Musee des Beaux-Arts has it all, and certainly something to match your interests or encourage you to get new ones. Be prepared to stretch your legs, however, as the museum is the enormous!

Thank ShazPopsMcNeedleson
Reviewed 6 days ago

Some of the real masters are presented here, like Picasso, and they present a wide variety of art from all over the world and time periods. The painting The Raising of Jairus' Daughter by Gabriel Max was particularly moving to me.

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Montrealers are lucky to have such a great museum in their city. On top of the permanent collection they always have original exhibitions with theme. A must to discover when you're in Montreal

Thank E7843CAchristianl
Reviewed 1 week ago

With the recent addition of the new Renata & Michal Hornstein pavillion, it has nothing to envy to European museums!

Thank sibarite2
Reviewed 1 week ago

In my personal taste this museum is awesome. It has a really good collection of visual arts for all tastes, a very avant garde proposition in the new media zone and a little bit of everything. The MOMA and the Ontario Museum are a bit...More

Thank FelipeNadeau
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had chosen a few museums to visit during our Montreal sojourn and the Fine Art’s museum was a 5 star experience. Works were present from many great artists and the whole experience was wonderful. Beautiful setting and beautiful art. What more can you ask...More

Thank ParisGlenn
Reviewed 1 week ago

We recommend a minimum of three hours to cover all that this museum has to offer. Admission is reasonably priced. Staff is engaging. The museum uses a number of mediums to present a variety of topics from The History of Westerns to private art collections.

Thank TJG1957
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22 November 2017|
Response from bruce g | Reviewed this property |
I do not know.
19 November 2017|
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Response from Jeffrey R | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a cafe.
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Response from sreiter2017 | Reviewed this property |
I would plan about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.