Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec

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The 2016 opening of the spectacular new wing of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) increased the museum’s space by 90%, provided... READ MORE

The 2016 opening of the spectacular new wing of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) increased the museum’s space by 90%, provided a remarkable steel-and-glass setting for the collection of 22,000 traditional and contemporary pieces of Québec art, and most of all completely transformed it from a neoclassical museum in the park to a museum with a slick and modern wing right on the city's liveliest avenue, the Grand Allée. Designed by architects Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu, the Lassonde Pavilion features three stacked, cascading galleries; a grand stairwell that spirals dramatically from the top floor to the basement, where a rising almost-mile-long tunnel connects to the museum’s three other wings in the park; and views of the neighboring neo-Gothic church from both the rooftop terrace and courtyard. MNBAQ houses works by Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923–2002), Jean-Paul Lemieux (1904–90), Alfred Pellan (1906–88), Fernand Leduc (1916-2014), and Horatio Walker (1858–1938) that are particularly notable, as well as legions of other artifacts. The original museum building in Parc des Champs-de-Bataille was designed by Wilfrid Lacroix and erected in 1933 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Québec. Incorporated within is part of an abandoned prison dating from 1867. A hallway of cells, with the iron bars and courtyard, has been preserved as part of a permanent exhibition on the prison's history.

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Parc des Champs-de-Bataille
Québec City, Québec  G1R 5H3, Canada

418-643–2150

www.mnbaq.org

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Rate Includes: C$20, Closed Mon.

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