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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)

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Address: 1380 Sherbrooke W, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1J5, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Founded in 1860 as the Art Association of Montreal by a group of Montreal...

Founded in 1860 as the Art Association of Montreal by a group of Montreal art collectors and patrons, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) was one of the first museums in North America to build up an encyclopedic collection worthy of the name. It now numbers over 41,000 works from Antiquity to today, making it unique in Canada. It comprises paintings, sculptures, graphic arts, photographs and decorative art objects displayed in four pavilions: the Jean-Noel Desmarais Pavilion (international art), the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion (world cultures), the Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion (decorative arts and design) and the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion (Quebec and Canadian art). The latter, which was inaugurated in September 2011, includes a 444-seat concert hall - Bourgie Hall - featuring an important group of Tiffany stained glass windows.

A fifth wing, the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace devoted to international art and education, will open in late 2016 to launch Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.

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During my birthday trip to Montreal, it was understood that I would visit this well known museum with an emphasis on the special presentation, Chagall: Couleur and Musique. It is... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

During my birthday trip to Montreal, it was understood that I would visit this well known museum with an emphasis on the special presentation, Chagall: Couleur and Musique. It is the largest exhibition in Canada devoted to the artist, Marc Chagall (1887-1985). The museums attempt to display a showcase of 340 works in paintings, sculptures, stained glass, tapestries, works on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited this musuem for the first time and loved it! The art they offer is amazing with great variety, I would deffiantly recommend if you have time to visit this musuem as it was well worth it! Only thing that was negative was there was multiple tours but they were all private tours and when i asked to join... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is very nice... there are the permanente exhibits and then often special ones. I visited Pompeii and Marc Chagall most recently. They also have a VIP membership for those who wish to visit more than a couple of times during the year. Nice little bookshop and coat check available. There's also a restaurant and cafeteria but I haven't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Not much to say . Beautiful things to see. Crowds though. It's worth the visit. Lots of standing and walking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of the nicest Art Museums that I have visited. Spread over 5 pavilions. Definitely well worth a visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a rich telling of Chagall's life, his artistic partnerships with world art organizations, and the integration of music and visual arts. It is stunning.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend told us not to miss the current (through June) Chagall exhibit at the Museum. He was absolutely right. This is the best presented single artist exhibit we've ever seen. Chagall worked in many mediums, all of which are exhibited here. There is beautiful and appropriate accompanying music in many of the rooms. Well worth a trip to Montreal... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I looked at this year's line-up for exhibits at the Museum, and it encouraged us sign up for the VIP membership for our family once again. There are some changes - there is a VIP lounge with a separate coat-check which really comes in handy during the winter. There is also a different configuration of the membership, which makes it... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely, a pleasant visit, it was nice to see The Thinker presented by Rodin. A great way to spend the afternoon strolling the various exhibits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum with warm and casual atmospher.You will feel some magic when you visit this place.The Chagall exposition is a perfect exemple ,It covers all his life and his art form( painting,ceramic,costumes,sculpture,tapisserie) and reveal the relationship of music to his art.The new " pavillon pour la paix Michal et Renata Hornstein is to be seen.I am a... More 

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