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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
Fee: Yes
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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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Experienced two wonderful but very different exhibits during our visit. The Toulouse Lautrec exhibit and the Mapplethorpe exhibit were both extensive and inclusive as each... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was not impressed with the museums permanent collection. We did go there for the Toulouse Lautrec exposition which was great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Experienced two wonderful but very different exhibits during our visit. The Toulouse Lautrec exhibit and the Mapplethorpe exhibit were both extensive and inclusive as each exhibit gave context in terms of the each artist's place in history as well as the role of their contemporaries. The Museum was sensitive to the material in the Mapplethorpe exhibit as it was in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Standard fine arts museum. The special exhibit was a Mapplethorpe exhibit which was good from an arts perspective, My parents weren't impressed though. Go figure. But it was a good exhibit as were the static exhibits. Really enjoyed the visit. Plan on wandering as the provided map was next to useless. Definitely plan on visiting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Their exhibitions are usually good, but not often. The inside of the museum (stairway, hallways) are very large and spacious. Very masculine, having a Antiquity Greek/Roman layout. Much of the permanent areas are boring however and a little small. The small part of Classical greece, Rome and Egypt are my favourite. Ive been a good amount of times so I'd... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was lucky enough to be there when the Mapplethorpe exhibit was in town. It's a bit of a convoluted path to/fro this exhibit but you'll get your steps. The line to get in was a bit long so if you can buy tickets online in advance, it's probably worth it. I didn't visit any other museums in town but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Different building have different themed exhibitions so it is very interesting to go from one to the other and discover a new world. Our favorite definitely is the Inuit art hall.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the more cultural attractions in Montreal and well suited for art lovers. The price is reasonable for those under 30.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After paying the entrance fee they announced that 3 of the 4 floors are closed! The remaining one is disappointing. No clear announcement on the website on this subject.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on the last day and enjoyed it. Great presentation and videos made me feel like I was actually there. Visited the rest of the museum 3 days later with a friend and enjoyed it too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I needed to take in sometime in montreal for about 3 hours today. We saw this museum while we were on the on and off bus and it looked interesting. The cost today without the special exhibit was $12 if u r above 30 yrs old. This museum is very large with a wonderful Napleaon room. (My favorite). They also... More 

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Centre-Ville (Downtown)
Montreal's towering skyline is concentrated in the Downtown area, its nexus of commerce and commercialism. A suffusion of luxury hotels, flagship stores, high-end restaurants, and corporate headquarters characterize the neighborhood, which by nightfall transforms from a business district into a youth-culture hotspot, with hip bars, clubs, and restaurants heavily peopled by students and young professionals. The once-seat of millionaire's 'Golden Square Mile', an incongruity of stately mansions and dapper brownstones sit between glass skyscrapers, creating a visually lush urban landscape. Beneath the sidewalks lay the Underground City, the world's largest below-ground mall, a labyrinth of over 1,500 shops and eateries that echo the profusion of cafes, gallerias, cinemas, and fashion outlets above. From the scholarly array at McGill University to the carousing crowds of Rue Crescent, visit Downtown to shop by day for what you'll wear there by night.