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

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Address: 1380 Sherbrooke W, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1J5, Canada
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Amazing curator!!!

We visit the museum once a year for one of the special exhibitions. We went to see Chihully, the Jean-Paul Gauthier, Valentino, Tzar, etc just to name a few. We've even gone to... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visit the museum once a year for one of the special exhibitions. We went to see Chihully, the Jean-Paul Gauthier, Valentino, Tzar, etc just to name a few. We've even gone to one the free exhibitions when we are in the mood to just admire art. They have great collections, so varied. But truly the special exhibitions are quite... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The MMFA has opened a new wing a few months ago. I visited it last week and was blown away. It is truly beautiful. The collection is diverse and the curator did a wonderful job in creating a warm and intimate atmosphere by incorporating sculptures and decorative arts and having walls in colours that enhance the paintings. The lighting is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very bright, clean attractive museum. They had a coat-check free of charge. The staff kept giving me a hard time about a small backpack that could potentially knock over art, so travel lightly. There was a nice variety of art. Be prepared to spend a few hours here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First of all the museum was free, at least it was when i was there. Only the special exhibit had an entrance fee which I didn't see. The museum spans quite a number of artists, time periods and styles. Definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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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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