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Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

1379 Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC, H3G 1K3

514-285-1600 514-285-2000 Fax: 514-844-6042 | Website

The Montreal Fine Arts Museum attracts thousands of Montrealers and tourists alike with its refined selection of travelling, temporary and permanent art exhibitions.



Type | Museum


Neighbourhood | Downtown
Getting There | Guy-Concordia or Peel Metro
Cross Street | Crescent Street

Schedule of Events

Date Event Description
25-Apr-14 to 25-Apr-15 Permanent Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Over the past 140 years, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has assembled one of North America's finest encyclopedic collections, totalling over... 
25-Apr-14 to 25-Apr-15 Sacred Africa: Ancient Art from Sub-Saharan Africa Works from the Collections of Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Redpath Museum, McGill University. 
25-Apr-14 to 25-Apr-15 Visite de la collection permanente du MBAM  

Profile Last Updated: November 14, 2007

A Canadian First
The idea of establishing a fine arts museum in Montreal began in the 1860s when a group of well-to-do art collectors inaugurated the Art Association of Montreal. A first in Canada, the group began to acquire a permanent collection of paintings and sculptures while giving public lectures and exhibitions throughout the city. Although the first building to be occupied by the Art Association was at Philips Square in downtown Montreal in 1879, the group eventually moved to its permanent home designed by Montreal architects Edward and William Maxwell on Sherbrooke Street West in 1912.

An Instant Success
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was an instant success with local Montreal art aficionados and has played host to several world-renowned exhibitions over the years including works by European and Canadian masters, as well as ancient artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamon to name but a few. After undergoing the addition of several new wings and pavilions over the years, the ambitious Jean-Noel Desmarais Pavilion was finally erected in 1991 right across the street from the original building. With more than 30,000 art pieces in the permanent collection, including paintings and sculptures by Canadian, European, Inuit, and Native Canadian artists, as well as various artifacts, prints and drawings from across the globe, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts attracts thousands of Montrealers and tourists alike with its refined selection of travelling, temporary and permanent art exhibitions.

To bring home some of the beautiful artwork, it’s as simple as visiting the museum’s on-site boutique. You’ll find posters, art cards, books, mugs, sculptures as well as crafts. All of the items sold at the boutique have been inspired by exhibits at the museum, so if you feel inspired after stepping of a gallery, chances are there is an item paying homage to it in the boutique.


Take Note: The museum is normally closed on Mondays but is open on most holiday Mondays.

Boutique Hours: Mon: Closed. Tues: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed-Fri: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat-Sun: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.