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.

Regular 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


Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

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 - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating This was a beautiful Museum. I especially liked the floors with paintings from the 1600 - 1800s. I found those to be the most beautiful. I recommend going to the highest floor and working downwards if you want to maximize your time here, it's easy for time to fly by if you're not careful. Modern art is on the lower so I recommend skipping those floors if you are short on time.
Faiyaz Khan - a month ago

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4 Star Rating I really enjoyed the museum of fine arts in Montreal. There are several exhibits spread throughout 3 buildings linked by an underground hallway. I noticed washrooms on each level and the elevators were all in working order. We went when the museum opened, so it was a quick wait to purchase tickets. Coat check is available. The museum is rather warm, so check your coat. There's a large gift shop that's interesting to check out too. With so many items on display, there's bound to be something for everyone.
Jon Q - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Fantastic museum with exquisite art pieces. We bought tickets at the door and took our time walking through the many floors and areas. There was a suprising amount of ancient Egyptian and Asian artifacts which were well presented as well. There was so much here that I almost feel like it warrants 2 separate trips simply because of the amount of time it takes to read through everything. Definitely worth checking out!
Philip Yazbak - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Great collections. They have modern to classic European, First Nations, Canadian….it’s a thorough set of art. They have some free evenings if you don’t want to pay admission. Everything is included with the admission, which is nice. The only complaint is there’s only one entrance/exit. We had to backtrack to leave. If we’d known that, we would have proceeded a little differently. They will ask that you check backpacks.
Sunshine - 3 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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