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Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal

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Address: 185 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Phone Number: 514-847-6226
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11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art...
A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée offers a varied program ranging from presentations of its Permanent Collection to exhibitions of works by Québec, Canadian and international artists. Through Education and Documentation Department, the museum presents a host of educational activities further to connect the general public with contemporary art.
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Modern art in unique building

This is a fine gallery in a great location. At the moment however it is being renovated so there is only limited access to the collection.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Kenner, Louisiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The museum is currently renovating their entire collection so the only gallery open is the permanent collection - and this only takes about 20 minutes to see. The permanent collection is a lot of contemporary pieces so if you are not into that, I would say skip the Museum entirely until the renovations are complete. Even if you are into... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a fine gallery in a great location. At the moment however it is being renovated so there is only limited access to the collection.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I visited this museum to see the 2015 Sophie Calle exhibition, which did not disappoint. Great content and presentation (although the lighting did present a bit of a glare). Also loved the permanent exhibition, a hodgepodge of styles that was presented as such. A completely manageable museum that is great if you have a couple of free hours but don't... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Never before have I felt compelled to write a review about an art gallery, however, after visiting the museum of contemporary art today, I felt I must warn you not to waste your money. The only acceptable reason for paying $14 entry would be if the weather outside was so frightfully cold that there was no alternative to warm yourself... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The museum opens at 11am which we found a bit late for our taste as we wanted to start our day early. It felt like there was not enough content in the museum though the pieces exhibited were of high quality, better than Musee des Beaux-Arts, if you like contemporary art. It only took us about an hour to tour... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Went here got in half price as they did a changeover, ok that happens, but we were in and out in 15 minutes. What we saw was not impressive at all. Art curated is nothing that you get out of bed for. It all feels very targeted to students to learn about art instead of showcasing art. I loved the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

As of Dec 2014 almost everything presented is a senseless distasteful crap. Even porn post cards pretending to be art. It's an insult to pay for this. The only exception is a series of posters related to DVD 2012, which is interesting, though unrelated to art.

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Toronto
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Ordinarily I hold this museum in very high esteem and take great pleasure in both its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. But in Nov. of 2014 the permanent collection is entirely in storage and only the Biennale is up. The Biennale is a terrible snooze. I was bored out of my skull. Curtaors - this is unprofessional.

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Herriman, UT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Our visit was on September 22, 2014, when the museum was changing its traveling exhibits. The museum apparently displays a very small permanent exhibit--a big disappointment for us; however, during this down period, the permanent exhibit was free. I suggest you call beforehand to ascertain the status of exhibits. The building's interior is attractive, but the exterior faces onto the... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Had a wonderful visit to this museum. I particularly liked the exhibit "A Matter of Abstraction" which covers French Canadian art from the museum's collection. There were104 significant works by 56 artists during the period 1940-2010. The exhibit was well enhanced by helpful explanations in the program about the various schools which developed over this time. I particularly enjoyed learning... More 

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Quartier des Spectacles
The bar-none entertainment district for music and arts, Quartier des Spectacles is an interactive playground that delights the senses. It totals over 30 performance halls, with the vibrant Place des Festivals at its heart. The outdoor event space features glowing towers, glass edifices, and granite-lined bike paths, and hosts annual festivals, concerts, and comedy nights. The cinema, theaters, and exhibition centers are entwined with external art projects, exemplified at Montreal's Contemporary Art Museum and appearing along every walkway of the Promenade des Artistes in the form of sculpture and public works, from digitally-enhanced swingsets to glowing fountains. Design, performance, and alternative music come together here, a stone's throw from the lively Latin Quarter along Rue Saint-Denis, the quintessential after-party spot for dinner and a drink following a day of jazz, poetry and play.