OK, it's not the Louvre; Montreal is a small city. But the design makes the collection punch way above its weight.
The decorative arts wing, for example, is in the museum's old building, but they deconstructed and designed the hell out of their old classical box, making a space and a collection that is so visually arresting it may take a minute before you notice that you're looking at familiar Thonet and Philippe Starck production pieces.
You've probably come for the Canadian pieces, and they do remind you that Canada and Montreal were provincial. But the reuse of an old Romanesque church is wonderful, and the Moshe Safdie building joins the sundry "pavilions" with a lively concourse.
In short, the whole is much better than the sum of its parts. A tribute to a great curator or Board of Directors, I don't know the place well enough to know who was responsible, only that as an experience it works beautifully.
The museum is in the city center a short walk from your hotel or meeting, and a wonderful oasis on a business trip.
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