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“Impressive and Varied ”

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)
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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.
Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Impressive and Varied ”
Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

The museum has a large and varied collection spanning many of the fine and decorative arts. It's well set out and the explanatory signs very informative. The gift shop is extensive and almost a mini-museum in itself. I normally breeze though museums, but this one is worth an extended visit.

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Sicamous, Canada
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

What can you say more. A brilliant show but then it is Chihuly. After we went to our favorite hall to see the craft and design exhibits. Exit through gift shop. Great place to spend a rainy afternoon. We try to get here every year when we are hear for the grand prix.

Visited June 2013
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montgomery county
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A quality museum”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

We attended last year and enjoyed the museum very much. The complex is on both sides of the road in different buildings. We tend to appreciate the classics so enjoyed the paintings and exhibits in the newer building. The original structure housed contemporary exhibits which the kids, 9 and 12, found interesting.

Visited July 2012
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Long Island, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nice collection and it's free”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Easily navigated museum with a nice collection. A good way to spend a couple of hours and it's free.

Visited June 2013
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Paso Robles, California
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“Disappointing and spread out”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

We were a bit disappointed in the Museum. There are multiple buildings to see and it is confusing on how to navigate around them. The one highlight was the exhibition of Napolean material.

Visited May 2013
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