Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Quebec City

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At Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, survey a vast collection of art from notable Quebec artists. Founded in 1933, the museum spreads across three buildings--one of them a repurposed prison--and boasts more than 25,000 pieces, ranging from the 18th century to modern times. Wander the spacious pavilions and admire permanent and temporary exhibits of local art, from the French colonial era to the famous 20th-century Quebecois painters. Take a break in the cafe, or relax and enjoy the scenic park view from the restaurant. By using our Quebec City online attractions planner , you can arrange your visit to Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and other attractions in Quebec City.
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  • We went to see RIopelle-Mitchell exhibition: big paintings - dialog between colors, shapes, brush strokes. A love story that lasted 25 years between a Canadian hunter and an American nature lover. The...  more »
  • I re-visited this museum after 10 years and the experience has change. I found it quite small compared to other museums I have visited. The collection was not the best either.  more »
  • We especially enjoyed the top floor exhibits in the new Contemporary pavilion -- one on Design and the other on Inuit Art. Some of the other "art" was not exactly our cup of tea. Interesting how they ...  more »
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  • Beautiful museum with amazing exhibitions. If you like art you will enjoy this museum. There are several buildings that make up this museum with an underground passage connecting all of them. The museum is located off Battlefields park and a walk through the park after visiting the museum is really worth it !
  • This is a nice large museum. It has various art sections and one of them is in an amazing lighthouse building. The entrance fee isn't too cheap so I would check if there is something that you want to see beforehand
  • Super nice staff and charming place but I didn't enjoy my experience there. I think the installation where poor on the background leaving people with few instruments to live the museum experience. Pity.
  • I was quite a bit disappointed in this Museum. During my stay in Quebec City it was the only time I wished I had done something else. Some exhibits were lovely, but on the whole there were issues. The staff was also moderately unfriendly. The lighting was quite poor and caused glares on most painting. The layout of the museum, and map, were confusing and wasteful. So much empty space! Sculptures in one room were 20 ft high in the air and could not even remotely be enjoyed or appreciated. The restaurants both close for a siesta, but that was not advertised anywhere. Glad I didn't pay full price and I hope you won't either.
  • I've been to a lot of museums -- DC, London, NYC, Rome, etc -- but for some reason this place captivated my mind like few other art museums have... Thought-provoking postmodern work (not just canvas splashes, which can get old). The religious art exhibit (temporary, I believe -- so go while you can!) was unexpectedly powerful. Went in not expecting too much, but ended up as one of the highlights of my whole trip.

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