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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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Hours:
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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The museum is well laid out and features both permanent and temporary exhibitions. When we went, we saw a brilliantly curated selection of art detailing the evolution from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Rabat, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The museum is well laid out and features both permanent and temporary exhibitions. When we went, we saw a brilliantly curated selection of art detailing the evolution from impressionist to modern abstract art. The permanent exhibitions are also worth seeing, especially the Canadian artists. The museum is worth spending a day on as there is so much to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

This museum is vats with various exhibitions on display. Unfortunately, I arrived an hour or two before closing and had to rush through the exhibits. Having said that, I was still widely impressed by the work and displays. I would definitely recommend anyone and everyone paying a visit to this museum! All four of the buildings are connected via underground... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

It has 4 buildings and if you are a fan of fine arts you would definitely find it interesting because it almost contains everything you could imagine. If you want, you need half day to finish everything.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Interesting collection of impressionists. Napoleon room with artifacts was enjoyable. The specialist exhibitions are pricey so make sure it's something you have an interest in.

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Stratford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed the remarkable collection of Orientalist art spanning about 60 years and numerous artists whose studios often were in northern Africa. It also traces the history of colonialism in the areas. Excellent exhibit. Do not miss it.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

great location, good permanent and rotating exhibits. Exhibits well laid out, with plenty of space for viewing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Excellent major exhibition on Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism. Also an impressive permanent collection. Can highly recommend the restaurant of the museum.

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This Museum has something for everyone from Warhol (now finished) to religious paintings from the Middle Ages and even an eclectic exhibit on decorative arts Best of all the last Sunday of every month has free admission except for special exhibits

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Burlington, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

A must for any visitor if you only had time for one museum. Had a chance to see the museums exhibition of Oriental works from Spain and Morocco. You will not get lost with the great staff and guides. The art is displayed with much thought in the viewers experience in mind. The buildings themselves are worth the visit to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We visited the museum on saturday morning and I don't know if it was a special deal or something but we got in for free. The museum wasn't too big and we really enjoyed the Andy Warhol exhibition and the Picasso's.

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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.