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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)

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Centre-Ville (Downtown)
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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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All kinds of art lives here. The permanent collection is quite interesting and the curator seems to have a knock for creating interesting exhibits. My favorite one of all time... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

All kinds of art lives here. The permanent collection is quite interesting and the curator seems to have a knock for creating interesting exhibits. My favorite one of all time was the Miro exhibit, ages ago. Apparently the Pompeii exhibit is worth seeing. Many friends enjoyed it.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wow - what a great museum! My wife is an artist, so we often go to art museums when we travel. That said, this is truly one of the best I've visited. The collection is EX-TEN-SIVE and a little overwhelming at times. We also had the good fortune to visit during the Pompeii exhibit, which was a treasure unto itself.... More 

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Have always admire this man, his life, his art - worth going to Montreal for this exhibit alone! Read his book and felt like I knew his style of art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The only problem is how much time to set aside to see all that is on offer. I think we only did 50% if that and took 3.5 hours. Saw the amazing Pompeii exhibition, Napoleon, and one of their modern collections. There is s cafeteria behind the formal restaurant. Very good food. Try the sandwich combo. The tickets are all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was really surprised by the high quality of the European paintings which rival those I have seen in San Francisco, Amsterdam, London and Paris. The patrons in Montreal clearly have wonderful taste and very deep pockets. I especially liked the series of religious paintings - not something I go out of my way to see, so you know these... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the museum to see two special exhibits, "Pompeii" and "Toulouse Lautrec". Beautiful museum with an excellent collection. The audio guide for Pompeii was a great addition to the self-guided tour. Admission to the museum is $20 (CAD). We tried the cafeteria for lunch and the dishes are prepared fresh and are reasonably priced and good for a quick... More 

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We went to The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to see the Pompeii exhibit. It was extremely well done. Lots of artifacts and artwork. Also, there is an interesting video of Pompeii - which is a must see. You need to allow yourself at least 2 hours just for the Pompeii and perhaps even more if you tour the rest... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The visiting exhibitions are always top-notch (we've been back several times, and at different times of the year), and the permanent collection is excellent. Once, during a particularly brutal January afternoon I hustled my family inside and we spent an unexpected, excellent afternoon out of the cold, treated to a wonderful museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed the Pompeii and Toulouse Latrec exhibits, along with the regular exhibitions. Good cafe for lunch too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A great place to spend a rainy afternoon. Did not have a chance to see the rest of the museum but what we did see was very well curated. A fun afternoon!

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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.