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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)
+1 514-285-2000
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Reviewed yesterday

This museum actually spans 4 distinct buildings (making the entrance a bit hard to find, being on the south side of Sherbrooke St), and has art from various time periods and regions. We didn't try to see everything from one visit, but the temporary exhibitions,...More

Thank Greg T
Reviewed 2 days ago

We saw the fashion exibit of Jean Paul Gaultier in 2011, and were excited to see this collection. Ther were not as many pieces on display now (37) but the topic of bridalwear and the level of artistry of the clothing was awesome. All of...More

Thank marikaS23
Reviewed 2 days ago

Jean Paul Gauthier's Love is Love exhibit and the Revolution exhibit were well done. Bravo to the curators. We did not have time for the permanent exhibits, but were happy to attend the two listed above. Check it out while it's there — there is...More

Thank Deb_ArtDirector
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was my first time to visit this museum and quite frankly it left me unimpressed and wondered who run this museum. Of all Museums I visited all over the World this ranks last in the list. I would not reccomand it.

Thank gulfstreamfl
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have visited this museum after visiting the similar museums in Toronto and Ottawa. In its European and American-Canadian parts, this museum is ok without being outstanding - not many works of arts. In the other side, in its other sections, the museum seems rather...More

1  Thank Bogdan2005
Reviewed 3 days ago

The museum is in 5 buildings connected underground. Inuit art is very good. Great museum shop. Special exhibits are also going on, but admittance to them is,an,extra charge.

Thank Roz C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visiting Montreal with friends we heard that the museum is free in Sundays, so we proceeded to go there. We were intrigued by the Chihuly glass sculpture on the steps outside , however the entrance to the museum is on the opposite side. We explored...More

Thank lubomyray
Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum is the most visited in Canada, and it's easy to understand why : the permanent collection is very interesting and there is always a a special exhibition that is world class. Now, there is the Gaultier exhibit, small but wonderfully presented. And the...More

Thank Pierre M
Reviewed 6 days ago

The museum on 1380 Sherbrooke Ave not far from McGill University and downtown (and less than a 20 min walk from Old Montreal and the Convention Center) has small to medium collections in four buildings. The current special exhibition is Revolution, depicting the Beatles and...More

Thank travelerSFBayarea
Reviewed 6 days ago

In the heart of downtown Montreal, this museum has offered many diverse collections to visitors and locals. I remember the "Beatles" and many others. We've gone many times. (Fortunate locals). It's moderately priced and appealing to most ages regardless of your preferences. A short walk...More

Thank PatW227
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Ian M
Can anyone provide me with the name and/or artist of the installation of blue-skinned people at the beach, painted on acrylic (?). We took a photo of it but neglected to record any information.
27 February 2017|
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Response from Kendra B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I can't answer your question, but I suggest emailing the museum they will know the answer to your question. Good luck.
Approximately how long is the walking tour of this museum?
25 August 2016|
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Response from bwharber | Reviewed this property |
Length of tour will depend on your interests and types of exhibits at the time.There are guided tours and audio self directed tours which is an efficient use of time and quite educational.Have visited the Metropolitan Museum... More
Do I need to buy tickets ahead of time for the Pompeii exhibit or can I get them at the door? Could it be sold out? Thank you.
23 July 2016|
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Response from Mesdmd | Reviewed this property |
I was able to purchase them at the door