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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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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: 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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Excellent and varied art on display, open and free on last Sunday of each month - well worth a visit

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Excellent and varied art on display, open and free on last Sunday of each month - well worth a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Visited with 19 yo old daughter to see the Benjamin Constant exhibit. Beautifully done!!!! Affordable adult entry fee and picked up an annual student membership for daughter at $28 Canadian--good deal and she is looking forward to future visits. We enjoyed the featured exhibit, the antiquities gallery and the furniture/decorative arts gallery. The Chihully glass pieces inside and outside were... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

A lot of Canadian artists are featured. I am not very familiar with Canadian artists and thought everything was OK but not great. The docents were nice and unobtrusive. Buildings and outdoor installations were beautiful/fun and were this museum's saving grace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I have enjoyed every exhibit I have been to in the Montreal Museum. They are really at a par with Metropolitan Museum on New York but on a smaller, more manageable scale. There is adequate signage i French and English. I would recommend getting tickets online for popular or new shows since it can get quite crowded. Never disappointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is a must-see for visitors to Montreal who enjoy art. As the museum goes underground across the street to another building it can seem deceptively small if you start on the 4th floor and work your way down. Make sure to set aside time to see the exhibits, often housed across the street as the Musee always seems to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

As with most museums and galleries that I go to, I ended up spending several hours at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. I bought my ticket though the concierge at my hotel and saved a couple of dollars on my ticket. I found that the special exhibit, Orientalism, was very well marked and easy to find, but when trying... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I loved this museum. It is just the right size to navigate in a few hours. The artwork was interesting and covered a wide range of styles and time periods. The museum itself is very beautiful and laid out well. The entrance fee was reasonable. Art lovers, check it out!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Great art work, a little crowded but nicely laid out. Saw the Van Gough exhibit here years ago. Cool statues out front.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Much smaller than our Met. Had seen Napolean exhibit, I. 2 small rooms. Did view some Manets, Picassos, but the building itself I think is the attraction here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This 3 building complex is on both sides of Sherbrooke Ave. Tunnel connects buildings. Exhibits are extremely nice. Have several temporary exhibits. Cafe is pricy.

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Centre-Ville (Downtown)
Montreal's towering skyline is concentrated in the Downtown area, its nexus of commerce and commercialism. A suffusion of luxury hotels, flagship stores, high-end restaurants, and corporate headquarters characterize the neighborhood, which by nightfall transforms from a business district into a youth-culture hotspot, with hip bars, clubs, and restaurants heavily peopled by students and young professionals. The once-seat of millionaire's 'Golden Square Mile', an incongruity of stately mansions and dapper brownstones sit between glass skyscrapers, creating a visually lush urban landscape. Beneath the sidewalks lay the Underground City, the world's largest below-ground mall, a labyrinth of over 1,500 shops and eateries that echo the profusion of cafes, gallerias, cinemas, and fashion outlets above. From the scholarly array at McGill University to the carousing crowds of Rue Crescent, visit Downtown to shop by day for what you'll wear there by night.