The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
(Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal)

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a must see for all connoisseurs of fine arts

Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion - Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion - Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Photo Bernard Fougères and Jean-François Lejeune

The world of fine art is rather a strange one. It allows you a glimpse into the minds of some of the world's greatest artists. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal) allows you to take that look into the minds of artists and see their amazing works.

The museum was founded in 1860 by Bishop Fulford in an attempt to encourage the appreciation of fine arts in the people of Montreal. The museum started life as many artists do, as a nomadic display in a variety of venues around Montreal. Is was only in 1877 that a permanent home for the museum was donated by Benaiah Gibb along with his collection of 72 canvases and 4 bronzes. Since then the collection has grown exponentially. There are now over 38 000 different works of art displayed in the museum's collections.

The works of art are displayed in four pavilions and grouped into categories. This makes it much easier for you to see those pieces of art that relate to a period of interest. The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion is dedicated to archaeology and world cultures, the Liliane and David M. Stewart pavilion displays art works related to decorative arts and design. The Jean-Noel Desmarais pavilion houses the early to modern international art collection as well as the international contemporary art collection. The Claire and Marie Bourgie pavilion contains Quebec and Canadian art for something a little closer to home. You can see images of some of the art contained here on the museum's website. They are truly something to behold!

The museum also displays themed exhibitions on a regular basis. This offers you the chance to see some truly famous works that would otherwise be kept in the storage facilities of the museum. These exhibits feature artists such as Jules de Balincourt and Laurent Craste.

If fine art is something that inspires you or if you simply want to be fascinated and beguiled with what goes on in the minds of our finest artists, then the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the ideal museum to visit.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes; Free admission to children under 12.

Open Now

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3G 1J5, Canada

Phone: (514) 285-2000

Official Website: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal)

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Line 1 -GreenGuy-Concordia6 Minutes

How to get to The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal) by Metro

By Metro: Take Line 1 to Guy-Concordia Station and take the Guy Street exit. Go right from the exit and then right again at the corner walking northeast along Blvd de Maisonneuve to Bishop Street; then go left to Sherbrooke Street W then go right to the museum entrance which is just ahead. Note that while the museum itself occupies 4 Pavilions inside separate buildings, access is only via the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion at 1380 Sherbrooke Street West.

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Rated 4.7 out of 5The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Star Rating

4 Star Rating Nice museum. You can find a bit of everything. If you are under 30 they have a great yearly pass. It's worth every penny. I only wish they have better hours.

Frederick Ian Chu - 25 days ago

5 Star Rating We have the VIP package of the museum. We love going there. Last two years they had fantastic expositions!! And the new reformed area for the permanent collection is very cool and gave another dimension to the Museum! Really worth the visit!

Marcelo Nunes - 28 days ago

5 Star Rating Was able to visit this beautiful museum during our trip in Montreal. Admission was free for people under the age of 30, however, certain places within the museum were off limits. I really appreciated the art pieces displayed in this museum, as well as the varying exhibitions and collections available to look around. This place is great for anyone to visit - families, friends, or by yourself. There was also a coat-check that was free of charge where you could also leave your backpacks, making it much more convenient. Would highly recommend this museum to anyone visiting Montreal to adore the beauty within!

Nicole Chung - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Our large extended family (10+ people, including children aged 3-13) visited yesterday for the first time. Wow! We were blown away! The museum itself is expansive and covers 4+ buildings, each with several floors. We definitely did not run out of things to see! The exhibits and sitting areas were immaculately clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. Entrance is free for those under 30 years old for the permanent exhibitions.

Meghan S - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Amazing! I would go back here in a heartbeat. The exhibits were wonderful, well spaced, and even on a free busy Saturday over the holidays it wasn’t too packed with people. We only had less than two hours to explore the museum but managed to see everything… I would give yourself at least three hours to fully take it all in. One of the best museums I’ve been to in a while. The staff and facilities were wonderful and the architecture made for tons of Spectacular photo opportunities and selfie posts.

Ryan Resmer - 1 month ago


Video introduction to the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal. (Spanish with English subtitles)

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