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Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal

Quartier des Spectacles
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Address: 185 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3X5, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 514-847-6226
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue 11:00 - 18:00
Wed - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the...

A major Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is located in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles and at the site of Place des Arts. It lies in the centre of a unique cultural complex in Canada, combining both the performing and visual arts. Founded in 1964, the MAC is the first institution in Canada devoted exclusively to contemporary art. The Museum offers a varied program, including the presentation of its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions of works by artists from Québec, Canada, and abroad.

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Good cultural hour

Not that big, yet big enough to exhibit several artists. Inside is like a maze with small rooms where they were projecting videos. The selection of artists was of a high calibre... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

A great collection, definitely worth seeing. A good rainy day activity or winter activity if you are visiting Montreal.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

I spent a few hours in this museum, there was so much to see and watch! There are plenty of rooms to get lost in, and amazing artwork throughout. The building itself is a good indicator of the level of art you'll find inside. I was very happy with the exhibits, and would go again without a doubt.

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New London, Connecticut
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We might have hit the museum on an off day but the exhibits and videos were less than inspiring, mostly unimaginative and perhaps spoke volumes as to the pointlessness of the generation of artists producing the work. Sorry to be so critical but a chalkboard with chalk dust is just a lazy idea, not art. Four tires stacked on top... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

A fine museum of modern art kept fresh by its daring and by its loyal guides. Well presented and well commented. Just a wonderful place to wander in art. To feel the freshness of expression and originality both good and so so We are lucky to have this treasure

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Not that big, yet big enough to exhibit several artists. Inside is like a maze with small rooms where they were projecting videos. The selection of artists was of a high calibre although mainly from North America. The only point: why on earth museums in Montreal do not take Amex cards. You are in NA guys !

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We were so excited for our visit on Oct 2 and found the museum was 99% closed except for 2 rooms. Because of that it was free. I guess you get what you pay for. The ticket staff couldn't be bothered to say hello - they just talked among themselves. We interrupted to ask a few questions, and they appeared... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The exhibition of Edmund Alleyn was terrific. Some of the other exhibits were not really to my taste but I like to see modern art because then I can decide what I like much more easily if I can make a comparison between different things.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We enjoyed visiting this modern art museum, located in a nice district of Montreal. Exhibitions are quite "extreme", though, in a large part, they turned out to be interesting to us. The visit takes about a couple of hours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

A very reasonably-priced accessible attraction featuring a variety of contemporary artists and artistic styles.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Was really expecting this to be great but it was a waste of $15. The exhibits are of course contemporary. But piles of rock and gloves and gloves in plastic bags? Really? I seriously didn't know what was art and was under construction. Plus it's only one floor, with about 3 rooms. Serious fail here, don't waste your time. Try... More 

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Quartier des Spectacles
The bar-none entertainment district for music and arts, Quartier des Spectacles is an interactive playground that delights the senses. It totals over 30 performance halls, with the vibrant Place des Festivals at its heart. The outdoor event space features glowing towers, glass edifices, and granite-lined bike paths, and hosts annual festivals, concerts, and comedy nights. The cinema, theatres, and exhibition centres are entwined with external art projects, exemplified at Montreal's Contemporary Art Museum and appearing along every walkway of the Promenade des Artistes in the form of sculpture and public works, from digitally-enhanced swingsets to glowing fountains. Design, performance, and alternative music come together here, a stone's throw from the lively Latin Quarter along Rue Saint-Denis, the quintessential after-party spot for dinner and a drink following a day of jazz, poetry and play.
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