Some reviews say that there was so much nooks and crannies that the got lost and saw only part of the free permanent collection.
Others say that there is very little to see since they don't know on how it work. So take time to have everything explained to you , the member counter is not really busy so the employee on duty might have more time to tell you than those at the main desk that sell special exhibits tickets.
The European art Old Masters collection doesn't have so many big names or well known paintings but the way the painting is really great and there are a lot of explenatory panels + free audioguides that plays musics related to some of the paintings.
The impressionist and modern master section right on the main floor is small and not so interesting except for a stunning Monet on loan and I do hate the big and sexually obvious Picasso but it was a givt of his widow with very stringent conditions, the main one being that the painting must be shown at all time.
Make a stop at the children section, there is a part designed by famous architect Frank Gehry, huge comic style murals by Montréal street artists and one wall made up of stuffed toys. Just great fun.
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