Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art

The Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art was the first museum dedicated to contemporary art in Canada

West Facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal
West Facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal cc licensed photo by daryl_mitchell

Contemporary art is art that is created in the present age. The Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal was the first museum dedicated to contemporary art in Canada. The inauguration of the new building in 1992 saw approximately 20,000 visitors in the space of two days.

Something that you must see if you visit the museum is the photographic work "La Voie Lactee" designed by Genevieve Cadieux, a close up of a pair of lips which is installed on the roof of the museum.

The exhibits are constantly changing, just as comtemporary art is constantly changing. There are dedications to music and theatrical performances which will leave you staring in amazement. There are exhibits of abstract art and many other forms of art which leave you to form your own opinions of the artists' intentions. This museum is definitely one that you must put on your list of things to see. The permanent collection is an exhibit of more than 7 000 pieces, including the largest collection of pieces done by Paul-Emile Borduas.

The museum hosts a variety of different Friday Nocturnes to entertain and bring contemporary art to life. Older performances include a Jackson 2Bears and Madeskimo drum performance and a performance by Colin Stetson. If there are any Nocturnes scheduled during your stay in Montreal, be sure to attend this one of a kind event. The museum also offers the opportunity to attend art workshops where you are taught to put your visions on canvas. You can also watch a variety of art related videos which vary depending on what is on display at the time.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes; Free admission for children under the age of 12. Half-price admission on Wednesday from 5pm-9pm

Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Address: niveau galerie commerciale, Pl. Ville-Marie local 11220, Montréal, QC H3B 3Y1, Canada

Phone: (514) 847-6226

Official Website: Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal

Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Right now its only a small exhibition in a mall, but its a great exhibition. There are multiple rooms and sections to walk through, with different forms of content in a vaguely chronological order. If you take the time to read, watch, and understand everything you will be there for a while. I loved the format, it almost felt like a documentary with an artistic twist, and it was as informative as it was enjoyable to walk through.
Jun Simons - 3 months ago

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4 Star Rating It’s a shame that they are only partially open due to long term renovations (as of 2023 August) However what I saw I liked! Friendly staff too. Give it a go!
Edward Allen - 7 months ago

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3 Star Rating It was ok. The permanent exhibition was closed, so it was essentially only three rooms for $10. In the first room, there were 5 silver statues - good back story, nice art. The second room was sensory overload and I couldn't stay longer than one minute. And the third room was just bizarre - see the video for a short taster.
Ľudmila Kučíková - 8 months ago

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5 Star Rating This is not a large museum by any measure. I was expecting it to be bigger because of its location in the heart of the city's entertainment district. What it lacks in size, it makes up in originality, playfulness and quirkyness. The exhibits are visually striking, engaging and well displayed. Go there only if you are willing to play along and let yourself become temporarily part of the exhibits.
Georges Younes - 2 years ago

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3 Star Rating The museum is in a temporary location and only one gallery to visit (but same entry fee.. a but annoying since really, there's only ONE small gallery). Gallery was 5-6 sculptures and about 10 videos of the artist dancing naked in various places. I was there with my 14 year old daughter.. we didn't think the $10 entry was justified.
Sylvie G. - 8 months ago

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Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 1 - GreenMcGill7 Minutes
Line 2 - OrangeBonaventure – Lucien L’Allier6 Minutes

How to get to Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal by Metro

From McGill Station: Walk southeast on Blvd Robert-Bourassa to Rue Cathcart and turn right. Walk to Mansfield Street and turn left. the entrance is just ahead on your left.

From Bonaventure Station: Exit to your right onto Rue de la Cathedrale, walk past the Cathedral, turn right onto REne-Levesque Blvd W, continue to Blvd Rober -Bourassa, cross over and go left on Mansfield Street to the entrance.

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