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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
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Worth seeing if you are under 30

The Musee des Beaux-Arts is a very nice museum, however, the collection is not the best. For anyone under 30 it is a free visit for the permanent collection- for the visiting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The Musee des Beaux-Arts is a very nice museum, however, the collection is not the best. For anyone under 30 it is a free visit for the permanent collection- for the visiting exhibits it requires you to pay no matter your age.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Well organized exhibits with concert hall in 3 contiguous pavilions on 3 street corners, linked by underground tunnel. Affordable entry ticket price.Two restaurants, the fancy one absolutely needs reservation. The less fancy self-service sad looking but good tasting cramped coffee-shop has nonetheless at least two Riopelle masterpieces on display on its walls if you look up, outside of your plate... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great museum! Saw a fabulous Rodin show when we were there. It links underground to other museums...

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

If you like post-modern, this may be a great art museum for you. I found the pre-contemporary art work to be not that exciting and therefore the museum was also overpriced for me. It also was very loud in many areas during our visit. They do have an impressive variety of collections, including art of Canada, art from a variety... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

An encyclopedic Rodin exhibit was at the Museum when I visited, and I thought I'd do a walkthrough of Rodin, spend a couple of hours on a museum overview and then keep sight-seeing. I was in the Rodin exhibit itself for 2 hours. (The audio guide and wall signage are all quite good.) Then one part of the museum led... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We were fortunate to be able to view a travelling Rodin exhibition which was outstanding and beautifully displayed. The permanent collection is extensive covering multiple eras. My favorite, The Impressionists, were wonderfully represented with many outstanding works by all the favorites! Great modern works too. Well worth a visit, a museum of note.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the Rodin exhibit and wide variety of things in the Gift Shoppe. The Cafeteria there was also very good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The Musee Des beaux Arts is one of my favourite museums in Canada, with a diverse and constantly changing collection. Among my favourite memories of this landmark museum, were the Hitchcock and his Art Exhibition, and an amazing Rembrandt and his contemporaries exhibit (in the basement at the same time). I visit here often, and leave deeply rewarded every time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is considered one of the finest museums in the world containing a good range of collection and holding special exhibitions regularly. Being a resident of Greater Montreal, we have visited this museum several times and every time we were always pleasantly pleased and appreciative of its exhibits and seminars. This is a top of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

wonderful inuit art room...carvings from the arctic circle. also group of seven canadian painters-awesome works. The whole set up and contemporary art is a delight to walk through and enjoy.

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