Montréal Museum of Fine Arts

The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most visited museums in all of Canada.

With exhibits dedicated to fine art, music, fashion and design and film, there is artwork and pieces for people of all types to enjoy looking at.

The exhibits are all temporary, meaning that they rotate every few months to give the museum a fresh feel for the next time you walk in.

The museum was founded in the 1860s through the Art Association of Montréal. Once its doors opened, it became the first art museum in all of Canada.

The early 1900s were the defining decades for this museum. They relocated and established themselves as an encyclopedic museum. Being an encyclopedic museum means that they had started to collect artwork and artifacts from all over the world, not just Canadian art. In 1950, the Museum became known as the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.

Today, the museum has a lot to offer its guests. Not only are there countless amounts of artwork, but they have pavilions each housing a different type of art, a concert hall and a section for education and art therapy.

The museum offers guided audio tours via a headset and an audio player. Guests can take photos of whatever they want but they can not use flash or set up tripods. Patrons can also sketch their own art so long as they are not preventing others from getting by and looking at other artwork in the museum.

The museum has two places to eat on site, and numerous accessibility options for those who need them.

General Admission to the museum is 24 Canadian dollars, but anyone under age 20 is granted free entry. They are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

“Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal is what museums should be: interesting, vibrant, funny, filled with curiosities and anedoctes, as well as History!”

—Michael, TripAdvisor

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