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Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal

Quartier des Spectacles
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Address: 185 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3X5, Canada
Phone Number: 15148476226
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the...

A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is located in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles and at the site of Place des Arts. It lies in the centre of a unique cultural complex in Canada, combining both the performing and visual arts. Founded in 1964, the MAC is the first institution in Canada devoted exclusively to contemporary art. The Museum offers a varied program, including the presentation of its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions of works by artists from Québec, Canada, and abroad.

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Enjoyable, even under construction!

We were on a business trip and had only a small window to visit the gallery. When we entered, we were advised that admission was discounted to half price because the gallery is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Hamilton, Canada

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Hamilton, Canada
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on a business trip and had only a small window to visit the gallery. When we entered, we were advised that admission was discounted to half price because the gallery is under construction and only half the exhibit was on display, the customer service rep even told us we it would take a maximum of 45 minutes to... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

My son wanted to check this out and although he'd seen some of the exhibits in various places in NY it was a very nicely done museum and we spent a few hours. The gift shop in the attached underground mall was excellent nice gifts and interesting jewelry.

Thank Brooklyn478
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

My daughter and I went to the Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal in early December. The staff were fabulous: kind, informative and welcoming. We spent hours there and were sorry when we had to go. It is located across the street from the Desjardins shopping complex that housed our hotel (the Hyatt Regency). The Dana Schutz display is fascinating. My... More 

Thank Lynn C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Like many of the other reviewers I was expecting much, much more given the size of the building and my experiences visiting other contemporary art museums around the world. That said, I found the exhibition of Patrick Bernatchez's works to be compelling, visceral, and haunting. Bernatchez is a Montreal native and the museum had access to a large collection of... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

First visit to this museum, I was expecting much more, guess I was wrong. The museum is small and seems to be running on low budget. A city like Montreal deserves a better museum of modern arts.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

The layout is a bit odd leaving you wondering if you've missed rooms. While the building is multiple floors, the exhibits are confined to the second floor (a bit of a let down). I was traveling with a friend who is a bigger contemporary art fan than I am but even she found some rooms a bit uninspiring. There are... More 

Thank ThomasH21
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We could only see the permanent collection because they were installing the new exhibit. I had more fun viewing the modern and contemporary art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.

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Georgetown, TX
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We had a full (and exhausting) day visiting the Fine Arts Museum, lunch at the Museum's Cafe, the shops of Sainte-Catherine, this museum and Saint Joseph's Oratory. The contemporary sculptures exhibit here were a sharp contrast from those of Rodin at the Musee des Beaux-Arts exhibit. Note: Admission is included in the Three Day Museum Pass.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We saw a great David Altmejd sculpture exhibition, which is creepy, delightful, very novel and well crafted. There was also an exhibition of Jon Rafman, which was a mixed media combination of interesting video installations and visual art. Both were worth the visit. We spent about an hour but you could take it at a slightly slower pace.

Thank Miranda S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

It was a last minute choice of ours to check this place out. None of our family members are into the arts, but that didn't stop us from enjoying the exhibits. If you have 90 minutes to kill, this is an interesting and eclectic experience. We just wish there was more to see.

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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.