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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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Chagall

Wonderful!!! This was an incredible exhibit filled with history and amazement. What a talent. Chagall's work was well organized and displayed.

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Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful!!! This was an incredible exhibit filled with history and amazement. What a talent. Chagall's work was well organized and displayed.

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London, Canada
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We found ourselves with a rain day so off to the Musee des Beaux-Arts we went. Really enjoyed it. Lovely Art of all kinds.

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Chagall exhibit was well worth seeing. The audio support device is recommended. The exhibit was very crowded (weekday morning) as was the restaurant, but manageable. I especially enjoyed the multi-media aspect of the exhibit, not only Chagall's use of diverse media but also the use of ballet videos and costumes to demonstrate Chagall's breadth of work.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful collection--huge/ so many pieces of art! The price was very good! and had a huge collection! the staff was great and very nice! Beautiful area-- the museum was great and lots of restaurants and shopping nearby (stop by Ritz Carlton for a drink-- not very expensive but delicious) !!! :)

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Absolutely beautiful Marc Chagall exhibition! Not to be missed! Please, make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy it!

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum is so extensive we spent two full days here on our visit to Montreal. The separate buildings all connect underground. The newest addition houses a large permanent collection that includes work by many popular European artists. There’s also plenty of Canadian art, including the requisite Inuit sculptures. The current temporary exhibit, “Chagall - Colour and Music,” was remarkably... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited the museum for the Marc Chagall Exhibition. This is definitely the most comprehensive Chagall exhibition I ever saw and I've visited some. The Museum building is very functional and inviting. The house collection is also vast and worth visiting.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Phenomenal exhibit. Great education on Chagall, total immersion into his world. I loved the exhibit. It was so much more than I expected. An interactive display equally enjoyable for old and young on the lower floor.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I spent the day here viewing their permanent exhibits and we really enjoyed it. The museum actually spans a few different buildings and even goes underground but it doesn't feel overwhelmingly huge. The architecture in the main building is beautiful! There are lots of staircases with windows that offer some great views of Montréal as well. They... More 

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If the Museum always does as good a job on its special exhibits as it did on the Chagall, it is definitely worth going to. I think the Chagall is still there through June

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