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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Interesting collections

We went to see the Maplethorpe and Toulouse Lautrec exhibits.The permanent collection was also worthy of a visit.

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It is the start of three straight days of rain in Montreal. So we headed indoors. There is a Maplethorpe and LaTrauec showing. We opted for Toulouse only. Cost is $12 Canadian pp. However two complete floors were temporarily closed. Upon asking found out a new building next door is to open soon. Therefore I would recommend that you not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to see the Maplethorpe and Toulouse Lautrec exhibits.The permanent collection was also worthy of a visit.

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Be prepared to get lost in this building - and you will stumble across amazing collections unexpectedly. I gave up trying to navigate via the map and just wandered around, and found myself absorbed by extraordinary artworks and the furniture & design was outstanding. It is expensive, so make you have plenty of time to get your money's worth getting... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have to say that of all the wonderful Fine Arts museums I have been fortunate to visit around the US and Europe, I was underwhelmed by the collection. I got the regular admission ticket (did not spend extra for the Mapplethorpe exhibit) and visited the entire museum. First thing to note, it seems the majority of Montreal is under... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Saw Toulouse Lautrec exhibit and Robert Mapplethorpe in Sept, not sure how long exhibits will be there Chihuly. Chandelier in front Interesting sculpture inside and out Bus 24 takes you to door

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This extraordinary museum has been extended to include a church and now has exhibitions on both sides of Sherbrooke street. A tunnel under this thoroughfare allows you to visit all the exhibitions without having to fight the elements or traffic. A must for tourists and locals alike. I particularly enjoy the works of Jean Paul Riopelle Canada's foremost internatonal artist... More 

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Really enjoyed the art work and my whole experience there. It is definitely one of my favorite museum in Montreal. Make sure you have a few hours to go because it is quite big and there is enough different kinds of art to suit everybody's taste.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to see Mappelthorpe photographs and Toulouse-Lautrec lithographs. Two very different exhibits, yet they had in common the fact that they represented two exciting eras: fin-de siècle Paris, and ,60-80's New York

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Museum buildings all connected indoors; we focused on the Canadian collection in a fairly new wing behind an old church. Interesting Inuit art on the top floor with the lower floors organized by "époque". Beautiful Tom Thomson, AY Jackson and Emily Carr among many other fine works. Also saw their visiting exhibit Focus: Perfection. One of the most influential photographers... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would recommend going, its well worth it. I do prefer with a museum though that l have to be there as soon as it opens and on a weekday, otherwise i don't go. Went there for the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition

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