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

Official Website: Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal

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

Open Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.

  • Wednesday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Category: Art Museums

Address: 185 Rue Sainte-Catherine O
Montreal, QC H2X 3X5

Phone: +1 514-847-6226


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5 Star Rating This is probably the best Contemporary Museum I've visited. My friends and I have a tradition that every year during the Jazz Festival we would travel down... Read More

Thu L. Oct-19-2018

5 Star Rating You either hate or love contemporary art...I happen to be a lover of the new, bizarre and eccentric forms of modern art. You'll see colorful light... Read More

Chun P. Dec-23-2017

3 Star Rating Musée d'Art Contemporain (Museum of Contemporary Art) is less about "art" and more about political statements by artists. I guess that's what art really is,... Read More

Bruce K. Apr-18-2017

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This video of an exhibition at the Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal shows the diverse range of materials and technology used to create contemporary works of art.

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