Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The MMFA is one of Canada’s most visited museums and the eighth-most visited museum in North America, boasting more than 1.3 million visitors. The MMFA's original temporary exhibitions combine various artistic disciplines – fine arts, music, film, fashion and design – and are exported around the world. Its rich encyclopedic collection, distributed among five pavilions, includes international art, world cultures, decorative arts and design, and Quebec and Canadian art. The Museum has seen exceptional growth in recent years with the addition of two new pavilions: the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion, in 2011, and the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, in 2016. The MMFA complex includes Bourgie Hall, a 460-seat concert hall. The Museum also houses the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy, the largest educational complex in a North American art museum, enabling the MMFA to offer innovative educational, wellness and art therapy programmes
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  • Tricia H
    Beverly, Massachusetts43 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    McQueen and Innuit Exhibits are totally worth the visit!
    First, know that the museum is currently undergoing renovations and only 1 of the 4 buildings is open. Having said that, the Andrew Lee McQueen exhibit is exceptional and worth the price of admission and time. We also really enjoyed the permanent Innuit art exhibit. We were not disappointed at all.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 June 2023
  • kathnelson
    Haverford, Pennsylvania9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best art museums I have visited
    This museum is wonderful. The building itself is marvelous. You move smoothly from purchasing ticket to the galleries. At the time of our visit, the Dempsey Bob exhibit was featured. What a treat. The collection was extensive and the captions really helped to both describe the artist’s process and evolution. Provided insight into the both the Pacific NW and Pacific Island indigenous cultures. Very moving. The permanent exhibits were also really well exhibited in beautiful galleries. Definitely worth the price of admission, and there is a free option on Weds. evenings.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 18 June 2023
  • md1mm
    Sheffield, United Kingdom1,573 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum, well worth visiting
    I enjoyed my visit. $24 was good value for adult entry. Wide ranging art. Probably not as extensive as the big art museums round the world but it is still worth visiting. Currently there is a special exhibition on archaeological objects and art objects from Columbia which makes a visit worthwhile for this alone. The restaurant is closed but the cafe is open.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 June 2023
  • William Kim
    London, Canada347 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very large complex - but full of interesting stuff
    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a must-see when in Montreal. The complex is so massive, you may want to plan on spending an entire day here, or even come back here on multiple occasions. Seriously! I somehow managed to visit and see the entire museum in one visit that took several hours, but it felt quite overwhelming at times (but this is on me). There are many buildings here that feature many different topics of art, from paintings to contemporary art to many different kinds of exhibits from around the world. You'll find it all here! It seems that this museum is the oldest in Canada, and I can see why. But as massive as the place was, it definitely was not overwhelming. The layout of the building is so good in the sense that it never feels that way. It's easy for one to spend quite a few hours in here, and not even realize how much time has already passed. ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE: People under the age of 20 are eligible for free admission. Take advantage of that!! I definitely recommend this museum for those who are visiting Montreal - it is a must-see, and one will quickly realize as to why Montreal is considered one of the cultural capitals of the world.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 July 2023
  • PavlaPavla
    Chrudim, Czech Republic6,879 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is housed in two buildings connected by an underground corridor. In the first one, you can see old art and art from all over the world. In the second building, the works of contemporary artists and Inuit and Native American art were exhibited. Objects from ancient China, Japan, Egypt, Greece or the African continent were absolutely amazing. At the time of my visit, there was a temporary exhibition of artifacts from ancient Colombia. The exhibition was fascinating. Museums from Houston, Los Angeles, and Bogotá borrowed objects for it, and there were also things from private collections. In the another section you could admire the paintings of such greats as Rembrandt, Auguste Renoir, Claude Manet, Pablo Picasso, The Group of Seven and many others. The collection of paintings here is truly gorgeous. There was also a fairly large shop in the museum where, in addition to souvenirs, you can also buy a lot of beautiful books about art.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Stirling B
    Ottawa, Canada704 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The World of Art
    The Fine Arts Museum of Montreal is a large complex that houses art from around the world and from many eras too. From Chinese to European, Egyptian as well as an Exhibit from Colombia. The collections on display are extensive and you will naturally also fin Canadian art( Group of 7) amongst others. The Museum comprises 5 buildings but several of them were not open which is a good excuse for a return visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Mirella B
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    cultural treasure in the city
    Exploring the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was a highlight of my trip. The museum’s extensive collection is a testament to art’s diversity and beauty. From classical masterpieces to contemporary works, there was something to captivate every art lover. The museum’s layout is easy to navigate, and the staff was helpful in providing insights into the exhibits. The temporary exhibitions added an extra layer of excitement to my visit. The sculpture garden was a serene oasis in the heart of the city. Whether you’re an art aficionado or a casual visitor, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts offers a captivating cultural experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 September 2023
  • baywanderer
    San Francisco, California329 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very mixed experience
    Very mixed experience. If you go before January be sure to check out the excellent Morisal exhibit. It is outstanding with free tours in English on Wednesday and Saturday. The main collection is a mixed bag with some first rate piece and a good many second tier works. The Canadian wing was a major disappointment. The pieces were mostly mediocre.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Foodange
    Manchester, United Kingdom3,898 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Art and Sculptures
    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.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 December 2023
  • Nico Samneil Sy Salado
    Newport, Vermont1,898 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Montreal museum of fine arts
    Clean and well organized museum. They have a coat counter with an attendant. Has a cafeteria. They accept credit/debit card. Stroller friendly stairs but also has a elevator. This activity is worth a day to spend easily to fully enjoy and engulfed the informations. The main building is closed as of now March 2024 for renovations but the two buildings are opened which all three are just connected by an underground passage.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 March 2024
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RonL40
Utica, NY3,587 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Well-curated, easily managed museum with a wide range of art styles and periods. Especially interesting collections of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, modernism and Inuit art. The collection is in four adjacent buildings, definitely a full day if you want the full experience. Very easy to wayfind through the different spaces. Easy to make choices about the various styles if you want to experience just one of the collections or if you want to go to a special exhibit.
Written 6 May 2024
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Squirrelly_Canuck
Montreal, Canada44 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We went to the museum to see the Georgia O'Keeffe and Henry Moore exhibit. The exhibit was very nice. I was looking forward to purchasing a few prints of Georgia O'Keefe's work at the gift shop. Disappointed to find that someone in marketing, had taken the decision to sell only postcards and books...
Written 13 April 2024
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Dale W
Davenport, IA201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Outstanding museum! A wide collection of art well presented. Recommend you plan for several hours to take it all in. Multiple floors spread across several buildings all accessible through connecting walk ways.
Written 5 April 2024
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Sydney W
New York City, NY70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Such a great art museum! During our visit, we saw all four floors of the Pavilion for Peace and the Georgia O’Keefe and Henry Moore exhibit. Everything was arranged really well with legible and interesting signage and descriptions. There were plenty of places to stop and take a seat throughout the Pavilion of Peace, which was much appreciated. The cafe was small but what I had (chicken salad sandwich) was solid for museum food! I am definitely hoping to return before the end of our trip.
Written 13 March 2024
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Francois A
Franklin, TN463 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
A beautiful museum great location with easy access. The galleries are very presented and the different theme well define and organized. Take the time to explore (2-3 hours) Easy to walk around the museum cover both side of the street with underground tunnels.
Written 6 March 2024
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Nico Samneil Sy Salado
Newport, VT1,898 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Clean and well organized museum. They have a coat counter with an attendant. Has a cafeteria. They accept credit/debit card. Stroller friendly stairs but also has a elevator. This activity is worth a day to spend easily to fully enjoy and engulfed the informations. The main building is closed as of now March 2024 for renovations but the two buildings are opened which all three are just connected by an underground passage.
Written 3 March 2024
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Foodange
Manchester, UK3,898 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
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 6 December 2023
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Roy L
Calgary, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Contemporary to period art collections nicely displayed and curated. Be prepared to walk lots of stairs if you don't want to wait for elevators. But well
worth it!
Written 30 October 2023
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baywanderer
San Francisco, CA329 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Very mixed experience. If you go before January be sure to check out the excellent Morisal exhibit. It is outstanding with free tours in English on Wednesday and Saturday. The main collection is a mixed bag with some first rate piece and a good many second tier works. The Canadian wing was a major disappointment. The pieces were mostly mediocre.
Written 16 October 2023
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MomRocco
Chicago, IL533 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Very disappointing visit as more than half of museum buildings/galleries were off view/closed and what remained was disjointed and poorly curated. It felt like whoever was in charge felt it was good enough to give a disclaimer saying that things were a mess, make what you would of the exhibit, and move along. The entry price was not insignificant and we had to use Uber both ways to visit, so it was not inexpensive. I am an admirer of the Group of Seven painters and the museum was supposed to have a fine collection, which it did not. I think there may have been 5 or 6 paintings, but certainly not the best or a good representation. Until this museum has more of its works on view, I would definitely not recommend spending your time and money here.
Written 26 September 2023
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