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

Open Now

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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

Phone: (514) 847-6226

Official Website: Museum of Contemporary Art (Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal)

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The Musee d'Art Contemporain is directly accessible via underground path from Place-des-Arts Station on Line 1 (Green).

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Rated 4.3 out of 5MAC Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal Star Rating

4 Star Rating I went here to see the expo Manifesto. Quite cacophonic but still very interesting. It is reasonably priced and love the fact that you can access it without going outside.

Shanna Frechette - 25 days ago

5 Star Rating Post Modern Art New bright colourful art in various media: painting, mixed media, sculpture, video and interactive made by living artists are showcased using materials like plastic, metal, glass, along with more traditional materials like paints and ceramics. One installation with many light bulbs gradually lighted up when hands touched its control. Another dark room had multiple video screens showing a famous American actress acting in diverse characters in her many films.

io media - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating Compelling exhibitions of talented artists in Quebec. Should visit by those who want a richer perspective on modern art. For more than twenty years, I have seen compelling exhibitions of art, installations and videos here. Good venue. It's conveniently next to the Montreal Opera.

d l - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Nice museum to go see contemporary art. It's quite small, so you don't need a whole day, but sometimes you will need more than a day like a past exhibition about Leonard Cohen, it's so much interactive. You can stay in a room for a few hours and relax to the music of Leonard Cohen or watch a documentary about his life, etc...Overall, it is a very beautiful museum and I can't wait to go see the current exhibition with Cate Blanchet!

Sang - 3 months ago

3 Star Rating Overall, thought the exhibit I and my family saw was well put together and made to be cleverly interactive. However, the experience was underwhelming as we completed the entire exhibit within an hour and there was nothing else to see on site. Given the price of admission, I had expected to see other works (either from the collection or traveling) to extend the length of stay as many other museums in the area offer. I would suggest visiting one of the many other museums such as the museum of architecture prior to this one if you are looking for things to do.

Daniel Ruthman - 5 months ago


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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