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“Worth it if you're into art museums”

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Founded in 1860 as the Art Association of Montreal by a group of Montreal art collectors and patrons, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) was one of the first museums in North America to build up an encyclopedic collection worthy of the name. It now numbers over 41,000 works from Antiquity to today, making it unique in Canada. It comprises paintings, sculptures, graphic arts, photographs and decorative art objects displayed in four pavilions: the Jean-Noel Desmarais Pavilion (international art), the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion (world cultures), the Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion (decorative arts and design) and the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion (Quebec and Canadian art). The latter, which was inaugurated in September 2011, includes a 444-seat concert hall - Bourgie Hall - featuring an important group of Tiffany stained glass windows. A fifth wing, the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace devoted to international art and education, will open in late 2016 to launch Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Good museum, in some ways a bit scattered - collection feels smaller than I expected, spread through several connected buildings. May be underwhelming to those familiar with the Smithsonian museums.

Thank DCEllenH
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

This museum is spread across 2 buildings where the real draw is the exhibition section, which is a paid only admission. I went on a free sunday, which is only free for the permanent collection, and so i didnt see the Naploean exhibit. What i did see was fine, they had a Rodin and Manet and a few other pieces by very famous 18th and 19th century artists;however,unless you are the type of person who spends 5 mins in front of every piece of art you wont need more than a hour to see whats in the collection

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

I am not an avid museum or art fan but I was amazed by this museum and its variety of offerings . My wife who is more educated and familiar with art loved it . We happened to go on a Sunday at the end of March and when buying tickets were told that if would be free since it was the last Sunday of the month ( that explains the popularity and large crowds but still very manageable) . Layout of Museum allows for one to focus on any time period or art form . I have been to the Boston Museum of fine Art and this easily matches that caliber with many pieces from famous artists .They also have torus in French or English that focus on some of the more famous artworks. You can easily spend 2-4 hours there and not be bored even if like me not a huge art fan .

Thank John G
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

I am not really an art lover although my wife and daughter are artists. They enjoyed art work there. It was interesting enough for me. In my opinion, the display was very well organized.

Thank LaCanadaKnight
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

Went to the Bonaparte exhibit and was blown away. The staff were so knowledgeable about this dictators life you could stay all day just looking at this one exhibit. But if there do go and see the rest of the place, you’ll not be disappointed.

Thank lobby53
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