Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal

Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal (must see)

Located in Montreal, this museum has an extensive range of encyclopedic collection. The museum displays unique exhibition designs through its temporary exhibitions in fields such as film, music, fine arts, design, and fashion.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the oldest art museum in Canada and was founded in 1860. James Ross, a businessman, through his large donation, facilitated the movement of this museum in 1912 to its present location at Sherbrooke Street’s mile-long historic Golden Square.

You will find this museum divided into three pavilions. The Beaux Arts building, now named as the Reneta Hornstein and Michal Pavilion was designed by Edward Maxwell and his brother William Sutherland Maxwell. This pavilion especially features artworks from Quebec history.

Across the street, you will find the Jean-Noel Desmarais modernist pavilion constructed in 1991 based on Moshe Safdie’s design. Here you will find an extensive collection of exquisite artworks from around the world. The third pavilion is the Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion.

The Hornstein and Desmarais Pavilions together have a collection of over 30,000 pieces of artworks.

Why You Should Visit:
If you're happy to discover artists you are not already familiar with or to stop and spend time with at least one masterpiece, this place is a good choice for you.
The masterpiece is the museum's Rembrandt – perhaps the best, most loving portrait of a female you will see by Rembrandt.
The Inuit & African exhibitions are well worth seeing, too!

Tip:
The new Peace Pavilion, which houses European art, has a very special room on the main floor where the walls are alive with trees swaying in the wind, bird calls, and even a rabbit or two hopping by if you sit still long enough.
Also, check the special exhibitions which are often not to be missed!

Opening Hours:
Tue, Thu-Sun: 10am-5pm; Wed: 10am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Museum of Fine Arts
Sight Location: Montreal, Canada
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk I   Top Museums and Galleries Tour, Montreal   The Titanic Walking Tour, Montreal  

Walking Tours in Montreal, Canada

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km

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