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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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Pompeii exhibition

This was our third visit at this museum, basically to see Pompeii exhibition. We took advantage to visit Toulouse-Lautrec temporary exhibition. The main issue with this museum... read more

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was our third visit at this museum, basically to see Pompeii exhibition. We took advantage to visit Toulouse-Lautrec temporary exhibition. The main issue with this museum is the parking. You need to be luck to find a parking lot on the street, unless you want to pay 15-20$ at a private one. The museum is big enough to spend... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great and interesting exhibit of the destruction and pain suffered by the citizens. It takes about 1 to 2 hours to visit the display.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had the Museum pass and this was included and fairly highly rated here, so we decided to give it a go. I love going to the Met and enjoy MOMA in NYC, but I wasn't so enthralled here. I really would have liked to have given this place a 3 1/2, if half numbers were allowed here. I was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent most of a day here while visiting Montreal. They seem to have a bit of everything from Inuit collections, the great masters, modern art. It is a collection of 4 buildings connected by underground tunnels. There was a decent cafeteria. It is easily accessible by public transportation. The Pompeii exhibit was very interesting, different from others we have... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is always an interesting exhibition going on and a wonderful permanent collection. In addition, there are movies, concerts and lectures. Check their website to see what is going on when you are there. And don't miss their huge and spectacular gift shop!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We recently visited the spectacular and interesting Pompeii exhibit. The museum displayed an impressive array of material to allow us to visualise the lifestyle of the privileged just before Vesuvius blew it all up. Wealthy citizens imported glassware, perfumes, and art from all over the (then known) world. Exquisite statuary, goblets, amphora and art are on display and several films... More 

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Burlingame, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice little modern art museum. One floor, limited Canadian artists highlighted. Easy visit for a couple hours max. I really enjoyed the scope of this museum, and loved that these are quality artists that I hadn't seen in other museums.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum is overwhelmingly big. We only had a couple of hours, so we only saw less than half of the regular exhibits. The Canadian Arts displayed over 4 floors (one room in each floor, so not too bad), starting with the Inuit Arts on the top floor, was my favorite. The entrance fee is $12/person 30 yrs and older,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Just got back from taking in the Pimpeii exhibit at the museum. It was truly stunning and very moving. The artifacts and fresco's are beautiful and well explained throughout the exhibit. There are marble carvings which are extremely detailed and show the great workmanship of the time. As you mive through the exhibit you get a sense of how the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you love impressionists like Renoir, Monet and still wish to visit the classic works of Art from the 16 th century as well as modern Art pieces unlike any other, this museum is the place to visit.

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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.