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Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (Montréal Museum of Fine Arts)

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (Montréal Museum of Fine Arts) Review

Not surprisingly, Canada's oldest museum has one of the finest collections of Canadian art anywhere. The works of such luminaries as Paul Kane, the Group of Seven, Paul-Émile Borduas, and Marc-Aurèle Fortin are displayed here in a space built onto the back of the neoclassical Erskine and American United Church, one of the city's most historic Protestant churches. The nave has been preserved as a meeting place and exhibition hall and also displays the church's 18 Tiffany stained-glass windows, the biggest collection of Tiffany's work outside the United States. The rest of the Musée's permanent collection, which includes works by everyone from Rembrandt to Renoir, is housed in its two other pavilions: the neoclassical Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion, across rue de la Musée from the church, and the glittering, glass-fronted Jean-Noël-Desmarais Pavilion, across rue Sherbrooke. All three are linked by tunnels. The museum also includes the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, where you can see some fanciful bentwood furniture designed by Frank Gehry, a marvelous collection of 18th-century English porcelain, and 3,000—count 'em—Japanese snuff boxes collected by, of all people, Georges Clemenceau, France's prime minister during World War I. The museum also has a gift shop, a bookstore, a restaurant, a cafeteria, and a gallery where you can buy or even rent paintings by local artists.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1380 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Downtown, Montréal, QC H3G 1J5 | Map It
  • Phone: 514/285–2000
  • Cost: Permanent collection free; special exhibits C$20, C$10.00 Wed-Thurs. after 5
  • Hours: Tues. 11–5, Wed.-Thurs 11–9, Fri. 11–5, weekends 10–5
  • Website:
  • Metro Guy-Concordia.
  • Location: Downtown and the Golden Square Mile
Updated: 08-10-2013

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