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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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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Wonderful Collection, Beautifully Displayed

I'm not usually big on art museums while on vacation, but this one is worth the visit. Even my teen-age kids appreciated it! The groupings and explanations are easy to... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'm not usually big on art museums while on vacation, but this one is worth the visit. Even my teen-age kids appreciated it! The groupings and explanations are easy to understand, and there are also some quirky and interesting rooms that are worth exploring. Free admission on Sunday..

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A wonderful morning spent strolling among art work of the Masters and Montreal's contemporary Artists. I enjoyed the history of designs found in furniture. Most interesting. The staff was helpful in explaining any questions we had. Overall good time spent by all.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our baseline is he MFA in Boston which is a hard act to follow now that the Boston MFA has expanded but speaking of expansion.... Montreal MFA also just opened their new building. There is a lot of art here and it is laid out differently then Boston with more paintings vertical which makes seeing upper and lower sometimes difficult... More 

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While the museum offered many, many outstanding works of art and its staff was unequivocally helpful and pleasant, we found the museum difficult to navigate. Additionally, we are from Pittsburgh, PA, which houses the Carnegie Museum, which, I am sorry to say, is far superior to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went for the Maplethorpe show that runs until Jan. 2017. It was very comprehensive and well presented. Also, the new modern art wing just reopened and with its wide selection of most of the art world heavy weights it is well worth the price of admission. Try passeportvacances.com for a $5 discount coupon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts) has a wonderful collection of art from around the world and from Canadian artists. They are displayed in 3 buildings that are all connected by art filled unde rgound tunnels. It takes 2-3 hours to get a good look at most of the collection. Highly recommended on a visit to Montreal.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wonderful collections if paintings, sculptures and other items. The museum is. Beautiful and very impressive as are all museums and galleries in Montreal. It is located near to the hotel and I think it was free entry - not 100% sure.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum always has something of interest to anyone in your group. Well designed space and excellent special exhibits as well as permanent collection, a good attraction in Montreal for all. Make time to visit the museum shop as well if you are looking for unique gifts.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts often has large visiting shows; when we visited in November, 2016, the show was of the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, which we enjoyed greatly but are not for everybody. My suggestion would be to time your visit to the Montreal MFA for a time when there is a special show you think you will... More 

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We liked so much for the current exhibition and took many photos in this perfect museum. We decided to visit again when we travel to Montreal for another exhibition. We will miss!

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