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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
Phone Number: +1 514-285-2000
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Wed 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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One of the best art museums in Canada

A very good collection of works from ethnic to avant-garde, with several special traveling shows every year. Architecturally interesting, with a nice sculpture garden

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A very good collection of works from ethnic to avant-garde, with several special traveling shows every year. Architecturally interesting, with a nice sculpture garden

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Oakville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one large fine art museum that usually has one or two unique exhibits going on. The museum is spread out over several floors and buildings on both the north and south side of Sherbrooke. We walked through the furniture section, which was particularly interesting, since Montreal was the place to purchase furniture. The Montreal arts community has always... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

we spent the morning going through most of the museum but running really to see the colors of jazz which is the new exhibit. Lots of people wanting to see so it was a little difficult maneuvering, but wonderful art. A little chaotic with coats and money but had a great time. Well worth the trip the gem in the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

nice place to visit and enjoy , the problem was the weather walking to the museum. but overall it was nice visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best experiences I've ever had in Fine Arts Museums I've been in my life ! It's all so chic and beautiful, that mix of modern and all I just found it fascinating. It was worth every minute I spent there, I'd certainly go back !

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is always worth checking what is going on at the Museum. It is an exceptional place. It has very interesting talks and exhibitions. If you can take a guided tour of the exhibition it is even better. However, it depends on the quality of the guide and more importantly how his or her voice carries. Never expect to be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Something you should make time for when you visit Montreal! I was able to get through the entire museum in 3 hours, everything I saw was amazing. If you've never been, go. If you haven't been in a while, go back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mixture of contemporary and classic art, paintings of famous Canadians to discover. There is always a special exhibition, check the schedule. A nice place to have lunch combined with the visit of the Old Montreal perhaps. Located on Sherbrooke street in the west part of Montreal, hi end shops, nearby St-Catherine Street, the main shopping street downtown.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a must-do experience in Montreal. The collection is diverse, with various galleries focusing on local history and art, classical pieces, interior design and world art. It is the perfect place to get an introduction to the evolution of Canadian art. Some of the world art highlights include works by Picasso, Miro, Monet, Renoir,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was very impressed by the collections of museum starting with the very contemporary works of art (even of 2015!), including interesting installations (birds and guitars) ending with masterpieces of great Canadian artists which are barely unknown outside of the country (by not professional art lovers). Perfect place to explore Montreal

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