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“some beautiful exhibits”

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)
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Ranked #6 of 393 things to do in Montreal
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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“some beautiful exhibits”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

A very nice way to spend a day, choosing which exhibits to explore, the gallery of Quebec paintings is wonderful.

Visited April 2012
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“Magnificent Museum of Art”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

My husband and his daughter spent hours there and judged it to be one of the best art museums they have visited.

Visited September 2012
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“Collection Re-Hung in a New Building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

The collection, strong in French art from different periods, has been re-hung in a new building across the street from the old. Labels are in French and English, and the Museum is a very nice place to spend part of the day as it is possible to see the entire collection in a few hours. The collection is select and not encyclopedic in scope, strongest in 19th century French painting, but with amazing works from throughout art history, like a huge erotic Picasso from his last years. There is a gallery devoted to a interesting collection of "Napoleonica." A nice cafe provides a delicious place to re-group.

Visited October 2012
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“Wonderful way to spend a rainy day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

As a mild appreciator of art (but by no means an artist or an art historian), I found this museum to be very enjoyable.

First, I loved the architecture of the Beaux-Arts Museum. The museum is housed in three separate buildings that are interconnected through underground passages. We used the tunnels to stay relatively dry on a rainy summer day.

Aside from loving the architecture, I really enjoyed the Canadian/Quebec art wing. The wing shows the progression of native Canadian artists, starting with the Inuits (including some modern Inuit art), moving through the European-influenced artists and into the modern age.

The actual modern art wing of the museum was typical of all modern art museums I've visited. The museum also has a relatively nice collection of the European 'greats' (Picasso, etc).

Visited June 2012
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“Comprehensive on a just-right scale (great eats, too!)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

There are four major collections currently on view -- all quite different. The "permanent" collection has a comprehensive view (properly named: " Daumier to Picasso" but also has a few much older pieces. EXCELLENT signage and curator notes on the artwork. Informative w/out excessive curator-ese. Lousy audio guide -- only music; no explanation of the art (which was fine because the signage was so good); very distracting (to me) to be listening to music while trying to read the signage and view the art. Concur with other reviewers that the Canadian Quebec wing is a bit chaotic, but dont' miss the top floor of Inuit art objects. Wonderful collection, well-displayed. Don't miss the installation piece "Missa" in the side room off the "tunnel" between the two buildings. It's a poignant display of rows of army boots -- many sizes, some scuffed, all raised as if in mid-step -- reminds me of a military cemetary. FANTASTIC restaurant. Best meal I had in Montreal. Lamb tenderloins and the freshest veggies artfully (pardon the pun) presented. The waiter also offered me the latest copy of the museum magazine to peruse. Great way to break up the visit or catch your breath before you go tearing off to the next wonderful thing to see in Montreal.

Visited September 2012
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