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Musee National des Beaux Arts

Parc des Champs-de-Bataille | 1 ave. Wolfe-Montcalm, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 5H3, Canada (Downtown Quebec City)
418 643 2150
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Ranked #20 of 141 Attractions in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Art Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This art museum emphasizes works by artists native to Quebec but also includes touring international exhibitions.
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East Sandwich, Massachusetts
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67 reviews 67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The exhibits in this museum are extremely well done - professional, evocative, classy and uncluttered. The physical building is impressive and the designers have done an excellent job of repurposing an older architectural style to work beautifully with the many modern exhibits. We spent nearly 3 hours here and only made it through 2/3 of the galleries. I was not... More

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I admit, I'm not a fan of modern art. So I'm ranking this very good, not because I liked the art, but because it was a very well appointed museum, with great amenities and a lot of exhibits. They are expanding, so there was construction going on in an area of the property. It didn't impact the museum itself, since... More

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Yardville, New Jersey
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51 reviews 51 reviews
39 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

After seeing this museum (16.00 entry), the song "Is that all there is" kept going through my mind. It's a very large and stately building with what I thought to be very little of it dedicated to exhibits. There was an interesting display of Indian miniatures, but after that mostly all of the galleries held modern art. As I don't... More

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Vancouver
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121 reviews 121 reviews
59 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Pavillon Charles-Baillairgé is in the former prison of Québec; several evocative former cells have been left in situ. We toured halls devoted to Jean-Paul Riopelle, Fernand Leduc, Jean Paul Lemieux, and Alfred Pellan. It's a steep climb to the top of the old prison’s tower to see a wooden sculpture called ALomph aBram, by David Moore, which evokes a... More

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Toronto, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is a four star if you are NOT looking for works by the "star" painters (like Renoir, Rembrandt), if you appreciate the presentation of the art (like the building the works are housed in, how they are curated), if you love beautiful and beautifully presented Inuit art, and if you like seeing A LOT OF ART BY THE SAME... More

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St. John's, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I like big modern art and quebec folk art. This is a nice museum, a real expression of quebec culture.The first nations exhibits are exceptional. The high end restaurant is very, very good. No problem with speaking english, my wife does not speak french and she had no issues.

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Lancashire
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152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

A pleasant walk from the centre, the gallery has a range of galleries covering mainly Canadian, including inuit, art.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We spent half a day enjoying the art in the museum. Take the time to enjoy the grounds and the spectacular view from the back patio. We enjoyed a simple, but elegant, snack at the museum. Then we strolled thru the Plains of Abraham.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The building has one wing that was a prison, restored cells adjacent to galleries with local artists, the new wing contains the regular collection, highly recommended.

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I liked the variety in the art collection most of the works were contemporary and how the historic building that was once a jail is now an art gallery while still keeping the original jail cells in place. Having a cafe on the ground floor as you come in is quite inviting.

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