Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal

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Immerse yourself in an encyclopedic collection of culture at Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, one of Canada’s most prominent art museums. Spread across four sprawling pavilions, the museum plays host to a diverse archive of international artists, Canadian and Quebec art, world cultures and decorative design expressed through a plethora of creative mediums. Founded in 1860, the collection has grown to over 41,000 works, ranging from antiquity to contemporary art and design. Take your time to explore the rich variety of works on display, and be sure not miss the impressive Tiffany stained glass windows, opened in 2011 as part of a 444-seat concert venue. With our international travel planner, Montreal attractions like Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • It's a big and decent museum. In a nutshell, you'll find something you'll like. I probably spent a solid two hours, which included skipping areas I had no interest in. If you're the type that... 
    It's a big and decent museum. In a nutshell, you'll find something you'll like. I probably spent a solid two hours, which included skipping areas I had no interest in. If you're the type that...  more »
  • There's lots to see and a variety, in a vast area of space. The staff gave us different answers as to when their cafe closes. It is really confusing as to where you are located, what you have seen... 
    There's lots to see and a variety, in a vast area of space. The staff gave us different answers as to when their cafe closes. It is really confusing as to where you are located, what you have seen...  more »
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  • This is a huge spacious museum consisting of 5 pavilions all connected underground. It features Canadian as well as international artists. It has more impressionist paintings than most museums. The Arts of One World display is very interesting. One day is not enough to see everything!!!
  • Worth it! As someone who's not an art geek, I ended up spending over 2 hours here - even though many areas were closed (I went on the first day of re-opening after the Omicron wave). There's a lot to see and be amazed by. In fact, the more you look at the exhibits the more you appreciate them. The building has its interiors creatively designed, has plenty of seating, either for resting or for just sitting and feasting your eyes on intriguing, beautiful art. Overall, this place was time well-spent. Be sure to check with the staff about what's open; a few sections have been closed off due to COVID restrictions. You have permanent exhibits on one side of the main building which is best viewed from the highest floor to the lowest, that way you can appreciate the evolution of European art through the different eras (Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Modern). I don't know my eras well, but if you do, you'll easily lose track of time. The other side of the main building has more of a mélange of eras and styles: modern, ancient, interactive, contemporary, fine, etc. There are hidden gems on every floor, although personally, I enjoyed the permanent exhibits (the eras). Note: the discounted entry ($12) on Wednesday evenings gives you limited access. It's just one floor of the permanent exhibits.

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