Art Museums in Montreal

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Art Museums in Montreal

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  • Foodange
    Manchester, UK2,822 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot of just the kind of art that we love, with paintings and sculptures from all the great artists.
    Pop Art was a bit lame and too many of the galleries were closed for no particular reason, but still a real wow!
    Don’t forget your hiking boots as you’ll need them.
    Written December 6, 2023
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  • Helen R
    Canmore, Canada191 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice walk from our hotel on Crescent Street. Could enjoy admiring all old buildings on route. $19 senior rate. Modern inside c efficient elevator to all 3 (?) floors of exhibits. Particularly loved Indigenous exhibit and the jacket they painstakingly created out of seal intestines. Ample opportunities to sit and watch short videos on same level. Clean bathrooms, always wonderful gift shops full of unique items, lockers to put belongings in, and coffee shop c privacy areas. Montreal old paintings were a bit TOO old for my liking. My recollection of Hx of Montreal back in 1830 sorely lacking, but still enjoyed and learned a lot. Introduced to term “Mile End”. Great job on both these exhibits.
    Written October 16, 2023
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  • aetmauro
    21 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Only 1 recent review on TripAdvisor that I didn't see until I checked once we got inside. As interesting as the special exhibit of the Pussy Riots was (and it was very interesting), the museum was a let down from what we'd hoped to see. It didn't help that there were confusing signs at Complexes Desjardins and Place d'Arts in terms of where the contemporary museum was.

    Very friendly staff! Will likely hold off visiting it again until the full renovation is complete.
    Written January 13, 2024
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  • AmarilisVos
    Jabbeke, Belgium2,318 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited this house on June 23. There is limited parking on site. It is actually two houses connected to each other. Two brothers Oscar and Marius Dufresne built it in the early 20th century. Some parts were not accessible due to the reorganization of some exhibits. With a tablet you can explore the different rooms. It's a nice house to visit.
    Written August 18, 2023
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  • siddy666
    Montreal, Canada322 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I've visited Centre Phi twice; once for a VR exhibit several years ago and just recently for the Yayoi Kusama exhibit; really enjoyed the Infinity Room!

    Building properties are very nice and intimate for holding exhibits.
    Staff is generally friendly and perfectly bilingual
    Entry is pricey but they frequently do offer free tickets for some exhibits (Yayoi Kusama being one such example)
    Clear written descriptions of all pieces of artwork
    Ticket ordering process was quite straightforward on their website; thankfully I didn't have to wait too long in the "virtual queue" :)

    Only two comments (with regards to the Yayoi Kusama exhibit)
    - Staff should have informed us about the audio guide option at the start of of the visit; we only found out about this towards the end
    - More time should have been given in the infinity rooms

    I would come back depending on what's being shown
    Written August 6, 2022
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  • fnordguy
    St. John's, Canada17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful crafts, primarily First Nations and Inuit art, in a relaxing modern setting. A single large exhibition space so not overwhelming..
    Written March 13, 2022
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  • Ricky B
    Tobyhanna, PA196 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great immersive experience, very touching stories. The visuals are absolutely phenomenal. Must see if you are in the area.
    Written November 25, 2023
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  • Ravi H
    Montreal, Canada3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This exhibit was exceptional if only because it made an otherwise banal interior staircase (that people have to use frequently) a space that stirs the imagination. Great work!
    Written October 13, 2018
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  • GLtripp
    Sarasota, FL179 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    From the minute we walked into the gallery we felt welcome. The gallery owner greeted us and spent time educating us about Rene Gagnon’s amazing life story. His low pressure approach to promoting the artist’s work was refreshing. The oil on wood artwork is truly beautiful. I’m considering a purchase if we can find the right piece for our home. This gallery is truly a gem in the heart of Old Montreal!
    Written February 27, 2018
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  • Sally K
    North Vancouver, Canada2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This exhibition did not live up to expectation, The first room with an extensive biography of Van Gogh's life displayed in white italic lettering on black boards was difficult to read if your vision or reading skills are limited. It could have been edited to one or two boards. The remaining black boards could have displayed each of Van Gogh's paintings we were about to see in the second room with the history of that particular painting and Gogh's painting process and technique.

    The second room displayed Van Gogh's paintings flowing and moving across huge screens was not as immersive as expected. I appreciated the stunning visual effect but it didn't "grab" me and didn't stay with me after I left the exhibition. I did appreciate seeing up close the brushwork and Van Gogh's use of colour to create depth and life. It was not the immersive experience I was looking forward to.
    Written July 1, 2021
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  • William H
    45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a unique museum that looks at the hand-crafted objects both old and new. Quebec has an extraordinary material culture - pottery, furniture, ironwork, silver - all beautifully presented in a historic church building. Weaving in contemporary craft - giving young artisans a place to show - added to the experience. LOVED the videos of working artisans - their stuff and stories
    Written August 4, 2017
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  • TroisChatsLies
    Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo4,139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is directly above Ben & Jerry's. It showcases contemporary paintings by diverse indigenous artists from around Canada, as well as Inuit soapstone sculptures, beaded leather handicrafts, and giant dreamcatchers. Their gift shop section has a small but nicely curated selection of high quality souvenirs made by Indigenous-owned businesses, like handmade soap, beautiful beaded earrings, local fruit preserves, and ethically harvested sage bundles and sweetgrass.
    Written August 2, 2019
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  • Peter J
    Montreal, Canada25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I attended a so-called film festival as a member of
    http://www.meetup.com/European-Expat-Meeting-Group/events/211012652/ . The event consisted of a BYOW light supper in which two Italian movies with French sub-titles were shown. For the forgetful, wine is available at a Metro grocery store just east of the Jean-Talon Metro station. I would be inclined to call the event a "showing" as opposed to a "festival".

    The venue can be reached from the north exit of Jean Talon Metro station by getting off the south end of the Orange line platform and heading north underneath Jean-Talon. On exiting, one can turn left (east), cross Berri (one-way south) and enter the building through the west wall. http://goo.gl/maps/gUdck offers a Google Maps street view looking west along Jean Talon. The Metro exit is in the apartment building. The disused main door at 505 Jean-Talon E, next to the 92 bus stop, is labeled "A". Panning right reveals the large stained-glass windows that, according to the venue management, had been sold off and then recovered and donated back to Casa d'Italia by a member of Casa d'Italia.

    I don't remember if the entrance is wheelchair-accessible or not. However, once inside, an elevator gives access to the first floor hall with a stage where the event was held. Unsupervised coat racks were set up in an adjoining room. The hall has a beautiful wooden floor that might be nice for dancing. Bathrooms are in the basement. When the lights are turned off, the street lights shine through the aforementioned stained-glass windows.

    For the event, chairs and long tables were set up in four rows of about 20 seats wide facing the stage. When I arrived, I was happy to discover that those who had registered with Meetup.com's European Expat group and another group had been assigned individual reserved seats in the front row by the venue, but apparently without regard to people wanting to sit together. Serving of the first course started before the scheduled time of 18:30. As a result, there was some friction between those who had started eating, and those arriving later expecting to sit together and asking the previous arrivals to shift over to create contiguous space. Since both groups functioned with social interaction in mind, the later arrivals seemed to accept being divided.

    The catered food was delicious, but I could easily have eaten more than what was offered. The "welcome toast" was mineral water. The first two courses were served at the tables, but participants had to go the back of the hall for dessert and coffee (american or espresso). I would have appreciated an announcement or an on-screen message about the change in procedure.

    The venue manager made a short presentation at the beginning of the evening. I had no trouble hearing her, but I felt the back row might have liked her to use a microphone. She announced that a similar event would be held during Montreal's annual "Nuit Blanche". See www.montrealenlumiere.com/nuit-blanche-en/ .

    The movies started with little warning. Because peole wanted to mix and mingle, and because the bathrooms are in the basement, a five-minute warning, or perhaps a countdown timer on the screen, would have helped people to be in their seats before the beginning of each film.

    The multi-channel sound was at a pleasant level, and there were no glitches in running the movies.‎ The venue manager said she made a practice of testing the DVD's prior to showing.

    Overall, I had a good time, and would happily attend another similar event. The Casa has an e-mail list covering its upcoming events.
    Written January 24, 2015
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  • Jprofilo
    Pompano Beach, FL92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once again, an incredible exhibit. Montreal artist with International recognition. Outstanding curation of clay ceramics, paintings, and charcoal drawings. Accompanied by a video of the artist at work. Congratulations and appreciation to Isabelle de Mevius, & Jean-Pierre Laroque for sharing this extraordinary body of work.
    Written June 19, 2019
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