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
Official Website: The Montreal Museum of Fine ArtsFee: Yes; Free admission to children under 12.
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- 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
Category: Art Museums
1380 Rue Sherbrooke O
Montreal, QC H3G 1J5
Phone: +1 514-285-2000
Sarah M. Oct-23-2021
While one of the pavilions was closed for renovation while we visited, this was a lovely museum with a wide array of things to see! The permanent... Read More
Tyler L. May-23-2022
This place is supposedly the oldest and most visited and the art museum in Canada (founded 1860). It is easy to see why. The collection was definitely very... Read More
Sarah A. May-10-2022
Excellent Museum! We were especially delighted by the Nicholas Party exhibit currently (May 2022) on view until October 2022. Party, originally from... Read More
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|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 1 -Green||Guy-Concordia||6 Minutes|
How to get to The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 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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