Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ)

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ)

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ)
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is located on the Plains of Abraham. It's pavilions house a collection of over 42,000 works dating from the 17th century to present day. On top of world-class exhibitions and cultural activities, visitors can also enjoy the café and gift shop.
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  • CharlieinTexas
    Austin, Texas5,112 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Okay Collection; Partially Closed for Renovation
    Nice place to spend an hour, may be a bit longer. Partially closed for renovation. The special exhibit did not interest me in the upper town area near Rue Cartier, and the Fields of Abraham.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Stephie R
    London, Canada7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We Loved the Musée des Beaux-Arts!
    We took time away from old Quebec to visit the gallery. So glad we did! The Alexander McQueen (fashion designer) exhibit was on, which was really interesting, but the permanent exhibits were great too. This trip to Musée national des beaux-arts was a real highlight of our visit to Quebec City. Make sure to check out the rooftop gardens and bee hives too.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Archie
    Glenmoore, Pennsylvania7,350 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight is the Alexander McQueen collection
    I took a taxi to get here. You save $3 by buying your tickets online. It cost 25 Canadian, including the alexander McQueen collection. That was by far highlight of the museum. Its very nicely displayed with the inspiration stories for the design. I enjoyed the phoenix design the most. The other sections of the music are ok. The inuit collection is really nice. It didn't take very long. There is a terrace with a nice view.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Writer In The South
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely museum; skip the cafe
    The parts of the museum that are open are well-curated and interesting. We especially enjoyed the Inuit Art section and learned so much. We very much wanted to eat a late lunch at the museum’s much-touted cafe. It was 2 pm and we didn’t think there would be a problem. But after waiting for more than 15 minutes to be seated, and after being told by the hostess/waitress that she was busy and would get to us later, and after watching all the people in front of us leave in frustration, we too left without being seated.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Shelemi
    Kingston, Canada13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum adventure with a twist!
    A bit of a different twist to exploring the arts in this great museum... Adding dinner in the museum was the perfect start to exhibits. Manager, wait staff and Food was great! Highly recommend adding this in to your tour, a perfect combo!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 November 2023
  • TheLeongOhana
    United States7,432 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Half Price Wednesdays Worth It
    We planned our visit for Wednesday after 5pm since we knew there would only be a limited number of exhibits available due to the renovation. All floors inside the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion were accessible. The Cafe Quebecor was wide open but we had dinner elsewhere. The first floor was devoted to the Sobey Family art collection which were all from Canadian artists. Second floor was a mixture of modern art and mediums from the museum’s collection. On the third floor we saw the large Inuit art collection with most being carvings. The Decorative Arts and Design contained household exhibits from the Expo and 1976 Olympics. The terrace was unfortunately closed for some reason. The elevator had to be the largest we’ve ridden outside the Asian factories that I am used to visiting. Hopefully they finish the renovations soon as I am sure there must be a lot more to see in the other three buildings.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 April 2024
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WAHKC
Kansas City, MO1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Much of the museum is closed for renovation, which they should have announced clearly when we purchased tickets. The tickets were expensive. The collection on display was mostly modern art from the 2000s and it was not very interesting. There is an exhibit of etchings by Rembrandt, which was okay if you like to look at a collection of small etchings. My wife and I enjoy visiting good art museums. This one was not worth the admission price. We were there about an hour. We enjoyed strolling down nearby Rue Cartier much more. There were pastries on sale at bakeries on that street that were more lovely works of art than anything on display at that museum.
Written 18 May 2024
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Christina L
16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I enjoyed the special exhibition of Rembrandt’s etching.
And a little bit impressed in the works of Inuit imagination and some innovative approach and designs of shows.
But it was not too much to see.
Written 17 May 2024
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Tc Vagabond Foodhound.
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Loved it. Went for the Rembrandt engravings but preferred, to my great surprise, the temporary collection of Canadian art, and the permanent collection of contemporary art. Fabulous place.
Written 26 April 2024
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,432 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We planned our visit for Wednesday after 5pm since we knew there would only be a limited number of exhibits available due to the renovation.

All floors inside the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion were accessible. The Cafe Quebecor was wide open but we had dinner elsewhere.

The first floor was devoted to the Sobey Family art collection which were all from Canadian artists.

Second floor was a mixture of modern art and mediums from the museum’s collection.

On the third floor we saw the large Inuit art collection with most being carvings. The Decorative Arts and Design contained household exhibits from the Expo and 1976 Olympics. The terrace was unfortunately closed for some reason.

The elevator had to be the largest we’ve ridden outside the Asian factories that I am used to visiting.

Hopefully they finish the renovations soon as I am sure there must be a lot more to see in the other three buildings.
Written 19 April 2024
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Shelemi
Kingston, Canada13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A bit of a different twist to exploring the arts in this great museum...
Adding dinner in the museum was the perfect start to exhibits.
Manager, wait staff and Food was great!
Highly recommend adding this in to your tour, a perfect combo!
Written 7 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Writer In The South
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The parts of the museum that are open are well-curated and interesting. We especially enjoyed the Inuit Art section and learned so much.

We very much wanted to eat a late lunch at the museum’s much-touted cafe. It was 2 pm and we didn’t think there would be a problem. But after waiting for more than 15 minutes to be seated, and after being told by the hostess/waitress that she was busy and would get to us later, and after watching all the people in front of us leave in frustration, we too left without being seated.
Written 15 October 2023
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MomRocco
Chicago, IL532 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was the second fine arts museum we visited where much of the museum was closed to the public. What we were able to view was well curated, but I think that it should be disclosed to guests BEFORE they buy tickets that so much of the museum is closed. We had planned to spend a couple hours here based on other reviews and the information on the website, but were in and out much quicker.
Written 26 September 2023
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Archie
Glenmoore, PA7,350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I took a taxi to get here. You save $3 by buying your tickets online. It cost 25 Canadian, including the alexander McQueen collection. That was by far highlight of the museum. Its very nicely displayed with the inspiration stories for the design. I enjoyed the phoenix design the most. The other sections of the music are ok. The inuit collection is really nice. It didn't take very long. There is a terrace with a nice view.
Written 12 August 2023
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Julie B
San Francisco, CA92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I read the reviews and knew most of the historical collection was not out because of the construction. I went for the Alexander McQueen exhibit which exceeded expectations. If I ever come back to QC I will visit again.
Written 30 July 2023
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Stephie R
London, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We took time away from old Quebec to visit the gallery. So glad we did! The Alexander McQueen (fashion designer) exhibit was on, which was really interesting, but the permanent exhibits were great too. This trip to Musée national des beaux-arts was a real highlight of our visit to Quebec City. Make sure to check out the rooftop gardens and bee hives too.
Written 23 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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