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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)
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Fee: Yes
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.
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Went with a good friend. The exhibit was phenomenal. The art work, the shear size were mind blowing. Spent over two hours walking and enjoying everything.
If you should decide to go, do get the auditory system. We did not as there none available and we would have had to wait for 30-45 minutes.

Thank Jean F
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Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

Definitely a must do; it's free except if there is a specific exhibit they are showcasing then you pay to see that exhibit but the rest is still free. There are a lot of really great pieces in the International Art building but nothing too well known like Monet's or Picasso's that's why I gave it a 3. To get to the other buildings - there are like 4 - you have to be on the bottom floor but they have signs that point you so it's easy. All together a fun time with neat pieces to see. Make sure to check out the Quebec and Canadian Art building it has some good stuff.

Thank Jackie R
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

I took a tour with a group that I was traveling with. We had a great overall tour of the collections. Learned a lot. I purchased a museum guide in English and enjoyed looking it over after the trip. I definitely feel that it is worth spending a least a few hours here when in Montreal.

Thank hppyadv
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

It is tough after visiting the great museums of Europe to review one in Canada. I would have liked to have seen more Group of Seven type works but overall it was a nice visit.

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

We went to see the Machu Pichu/Peruvian special exhibit. One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life.

Accessibility was incredible. There were plenty of staff around to help with directions, or opening doors. They were all very warm and friendly and willing to help wherever they could.

There were plenty of accessible washroom spaces. Many single-use washrooms were available throughout the museum, so that my male attendant could assist. Washrooms were spacious once inside, with plenty of space, and well positioned grab-bars.

Gallery spaces were well organized, and could be navigated easily with a wheelchair. Exhibit tags and information were displayed well with excellent use of contrast for those with low vision. Audio versions are available for purchase.

The gift shop was very accessible, well laid out and well organized. Staff were very helpful.

All doors are automated, but most are attended by staff. If there is not a staff present, there will be shortly. They seem to appear as if from nowhere like special door-opening faeries.

Special attendant rate, but you must ask for it.

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