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Immerse yourself in an encyclopedic collection of culture at Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, one of Canada’s most prominent art museums. Spread across four sprawling pavilions, the museum plays host to a diverse archive of international artists, Canadian and Quebec art, world cultures and decorative design expressed through a plethora of creative mediums. Founded in 1860, the collection has grown to over 41,000 works, ranging from antiquity to contemporary art and design. Take your time to explore the rich variety of works on display, and be sure not miss the impressive Tiffany stained glass windows, opened in 2011 as part of a 444-seat concert venue. With our international travel planner, Montreal attractions like Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal reviews
This museum is one of the most important in Montreal. Architecture of the museum is spectacular. Rich collection of arts and activities for family is the brand of MBAM. You can walk easily to the...
This museum is one of the most important in Montreal. Architecture of the museum is spectacular. Rich collection of arts and activities for family is the brand of MBAM. You can walk easily to the... more »
A few great pieces, some plain weird, this large museum features Canadian artists. Much of the artwork is 'Meh'. There is also a substantial amount of indigenous artworks, mostly Inuit. They're good..... more
A few great pieces, some plain weird, this large museum features Canadian artists. Much of the artwork is 'Meh'. There is also a substantial amount of indigenous artworks, mostly Inuit. They're good..... more »
Great special exhibits, great permanent exhibits, it's very easy to get lost here and spend a good portion of time. It's very clean, modern and well-laid out. There are so many exhibits, it's best...
Great special exhibits, great permanent exhibits, it's very easy to get lost here and spend a good portion of time. It's very clean, modern and well-laid out. There are so many exhibits, it's best... more »
Museum is very nice! Long line but the wait went by quickly. They take your jackets and big bags and hold it in a room for you. One floor of the museum is based on a New York artist. The other floor is filled with sculptures. I recommend visiting this museum. All the artwork is beautiful to look at :) This is also a boutique. I recommend bringing extra money if you would like to shop. Some of the items can cost up to $200 while other items are less than $30.
This is a huge spacious museum consisting of 5 pavilions all connected underground. It features Canadian as well as international artists. It has more impressionist paintings than most museums. The Arts of One World display is very interesting. One day is not enough to see everything!!!
Worth it! As someone who's not an art geek, I ended up spending over 2 hours here - even though many areas were closed (I went on the first day of re-opening after the Omicron wave). There's a lot to see and be amazed by. In fact, the more you look at the exhibits the more you appreciate them. The building has its interiors creatively designed, has plenty of seating, either for resting or for just sitting and feasting your eyes on intriguing, beautiful art. Overall, this place was time well-spent. Be sure to check with the staff about what's open; a few sections have been closed off due to COVID restrictions. You have permanent exhibits on one side of the main building which is best viewed from the highest floor to the lowest, that way you can appreciate the evolution of European art through the different eras (Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Modern). I don't know my eras well, but if you do, you'll easily lose track of time. The other side of the main building has more of a mélange of eras and styles: modern, ancient, interactive, contemporary, fine, etc. There are hidden gems on every floor, although personally, I enjoyed the permanent exhibits (the eras). Note: the discounted entry ($12) on Wednesday evenings gives you limited access. It's just one floor of the permanent exhibits.
Lovely museum with a variety of art on display. It is like a walk through history of art. Highlight recommended for all connoisseurs of art and history. The museum presents moments of reinterpretation of ancient material, such as documentaries on loop in certain sections, or an audio-visual display with art experiments. The museum boutique is okay. I ended up buying a few things, but left wanting more local showcase of souvenirs.
Spent 4 hrs here but u could definitely spend a whole day. The artwork was amazing and I loved how the 3 buildings are connected underground. I found myself when we were finished and sitting outside telling people who were trying to get in the other buildings first how it all worked. Definitely recommend while in Montreal
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