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.

Currently Closed

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)


Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
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 4.6 out of 5The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Star Rating

4 Star Rating This place has some interesting art. If you know a lot about art and have hours to kill....this is your place. If you don't know anything about art (like me), you'll have a better time at a science or history museum. But overall this is a nice place to spend a day but be warned that chances are you'll be standing there thinking.....I have no idea what I'm looking at.

TheAuMiner - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Fantastic arts museum. It is a large complex, the building across the street is also part of the museum and they have an underground tunnel connecting the buildings. They have a lot of famous artists such as Picasso and Monet. Definitely recommended, but plan to be there for several hours to walk through the whole museum.

Ashley Stearns - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating Fantastic place where you can spend days in awe and wonder admiring beautiful work of art from the Middle Age, Renaissance, Modern Age, a feast for the eyes. Taking guided tours is also a feast for the brain as you learn the history behind paintings and the artists. A must-see. Very little parking around; better get there by public transit.

Cookie Monster - 15 days ago

4 Star Rating Very nice museum. But... due to restorations some of isn’t open to the public. The Impressionist exhibition is great !and the design exhibition in the 2ed building was wonderful. Under 30 the entrance is free ! Enjoy!

אורן בן יוסף - 25 days ago

5 Star Rating Are you in town for a week or only for the day? This place is a must if you want to see what Montreal have to offer. Big and free admission for those age under 30 for the permanent exhibition. You only need to pay if you want to see their limited time exposition, which is always worth it. My favourite was Mapplethorpe! Go and enjoy.

Sang Phan - 1 month ago


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

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