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.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • 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 O, Montréal, QC H3G 1J5, Canada

Phone: (514) 285-2000

Official Website: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating The staff were courteous & helpful. The displays were beautifully curated. The washrooms were clean. Free access to some of museum on first Sunday of the month. Access includes free coat and bag check-in.
S.E. McKenzie - in the last week

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5 Star Rating This place is magical, it has such a incredibly diverse variety of displays, art pieces. I truly enjoyed every second of my visit here, it does truly capture the Montreal experience. If you appreciate fine art or simply enjoy strolling around a place full of history this is your place to be. There are five to six floors for you to go through and check out, of which I really enjoyed seeing the historical artifacts. The first Sunday of every month is a free day for you to come drop by and check out this place which is why I gravitated toward coming by, however even if it wasnt free I would still come check it out. Overall, I had a blast and would highly recommend dropping by even if your not a big fan of art!
Osama Baig - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Absolutely loved this museum. Amazing collections. Loved the care and attention taken to not only provide artists names and dates but many (most?) of the pieces included a paragraph or two explanation about the artist and/or the piece - very informative and interesting to read. They enjoy having many square feet of exhibition space and getting between the various buildings is relatively easy. We spent four hours and felt like we saw most of what we wanted to see. There was a really well done exhibit on the works of Marisol - who I knew nothing about before (I’m relatively ignorant in art) and found it very interesting. Kudos to the curators and staff here. Highly recommend!
Karl Peterman - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating Bigger than it looks, but nowhere as big as the Louve or The Met. That being said, everything inside was carefully curated, each piece unique and exquisite. It contains many diverse and powerful pieces. Love this museum and will return.
janice - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Clean and well organized museum. They have a coat counter with an attendant. Has a cafeteria. They accept credit/debit card. Stroller friendly stairs but also has a elevator. This activity is worth a day to spend easily to fully enjoy and engulfed the informations. The main building is closed as of now March 2024 for renovations but the two buildings are opened which all three are just connected by an underground passage.
Nico Samneil Salado - 2 months ago

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Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 1 -GreenGuy-Concordia6 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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