Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal

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    Fine arts

    by kokoryko Written Jan 25, 2006

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    Visiting museums is always a pleasure; Montreal was super good; always strange to find old world art in new world museums; there is an interesting array (not sure the word is appropriate) af flemish 17th century paintings; sculptures are few, and there is an impressive "Leda and the swan", impressive not by size, but by realism ! well !
    Temporary exhibitions in the lower area of the museum are in wide, very wide and enlightened (lots of light!) rooms.

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    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

    by Paul2001 Updated Jul 4, 2012

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    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is one of the three best art museums in Canada. It probably surpassed only by Ottawa's National Gallery in the quality of its permanent collection. However this should not make you think that the Montreal Museum of Fine Art is second rate. It in itself is an excellent museum that should excite serious art buffs.
    On display here is a particularly strong collection of Canadian art and First Nations Art. This collection is on display in the original museum building on the northside of Sherbrooke Street. Connected by a tunnel under Sherbrooke Street in the modern building is the collection of European masters that should not be ignored with its exhibition of works by such notables as El Greco, Memling and Rembrandt. The collection is also strong in 20th century artists such Picasso, Klee and Kandinsky.
    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has always had an excellent reputation for featuring important touring exhibitions from around the globe. Such notable temporary exhibitions usually take place during the peak tourist season in the summer. Check ahead to see what is on display.

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    Museum Of Fine Arts

    by Eilian Written Mar 2, 2005

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    As it is written, it is the museum of Fine Arts, which makes the museum rather classic than modern.

    The permanent collection is lovely and takes long days to see it properly.

    Since the museum is situated in two buildings, you'll find one with the permanent exhibits (1379 Sherbrooke W) and one with the 'special' ones (180 Sherbrooke W).

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    Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

    by Tom_In_Madison Written May 22, 2006

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    This encompasses 2 large buildings right across the street from each other. My feet were really hurting from walking and being on them all day, so I only took in one of them. I think a tunnel underneath connects them.

    When I was there a ‘Modern Italian’ temporary exhibit was going on. They had Italian things designed in the early, mid and late 1900’s in what turned out to be most of the 2nd floor. Things like modern Italian furniture, kitchen gadgets, etc….

    It’s about 5 floors tall, has art on a basement floor and a few of the floors above also. If you’re going to one art museum, I’d make it this one.

    Part of the museum pass. You’ll spend 1-6 hours here.

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    La Musee Des Beaux-arts de Montreal

    by johngayton Updated Apr 1, 2008

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    Museums and art galleries aren't usually my thing but there are occasions when I do enjoy a wander and a gander, especially in those transcendental periods between finishing breakfast and the pub opening. Yep, get a bit of Kultur under your belt and then get on with the serious business of the day!

    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a world-ranked museum/gallery and in my uncultured opinion deservedly so, having within its collections an immensely diverse range of works by significant artists of international and local reknown. The present-day gallery occupies two buildings on opposite sides of the road which are linked by an underground tunnel with the more modern works in the south building. The permanent collections include European masterpieces by notables such as Picasso and Munsch, the Canadian collection contains classical and contemporary works and has a room featuring the landscapes of the turn of the century "Canadian Group of Seven". Other rooms have contemporary native works, modern art (from around the world), a fine display of Japanese ornaments and furniture and much more.

    In addition to the permanent collections (which are free of charge all year) there are also numerous temporary exhibitions throughout the year, some of which may have an entry fee - check on website or ask the helpful foyer staff.

    All-in-all this gallery is well worth spending a couple of hours perusing and if art really is your thing then perhaps a second visit too.

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    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

    by juniperjune Written Dec 30, 2005

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    I went to see L e Paysage en Provence exhibit at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It was a good exhibit, but there were too many people. I went on Dec 30, so everyone was on holiday.
    The cost of the exhibit was $15, but to see their permanent collection, it is free! Nice to see a Museum that does not charge anything to get in. As well, there is free a coat check.

    There is no parking at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. You will find parking lots nearby. All day parking will be $14, or the week-end / early bird special will be $9 all day. You can chance it by parking on the street, but the time limit for the meters is only max 2 hours. I spent 3 hours in the museum (you WILL get a ticket, those Green Onions are everywhere!)

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    For art lovers

    by brazwhazz Updated Mar 29, 2010

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    The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts) is the city's main attraction for art buffs. It is mainly known for its collections of contemporary art, but a regular rotation of exhibitions usually means there is something for everyone.

    Furthermore, the museum is located at the foot of a favourable district, Montreal's "Golden Square Mile," where much of Montreal's (and Canada's) upper class resided at the beginning of the 20th century.

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    Museum of Fine Arts of Montreal

    by mikey_e Written Sep 3, 2009

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    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal) is a beautiful neo-Classical building (plus a smaller modern one) that completes the Imperial stretch of Sherbrooke at the northern end of the downtown core. The Museum, like many fine art museums in Canada, has a mixture of European, North American and Indigenous art work. It was founded in 1860 (when the neo-Classical building was constructed) and has since been divided into three separate pavilions: the one in the oldest building (Hornstein) concentrates on Québec history; the Demarais pavilion across the street (designed by Moshe Safdie in the 1990s) has international pieces and a very broad collection; and the coming pavilion, to be housed in the Erskine and American United Church next door, will contain primarily Canadian works. Unfortunately, my mishap adventure enroute to Montreal meant that I wasn't able to visit the Museum this time around, but the exterior certainly provides enough material for a great photoshoot. An interesting piece of trivia is that the Museum was robbed in 1972 in what is still the largest-scale robbery in Canadian history. The thieves made off with a rare Rembrant (among other pieces) that is estimated to be worth $20 million today.

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    Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

    by Stellaluna Written Jul 16, 2004

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    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts makes for an interesting and serene afternoon. Take a few hours to stroll through the exhibits and make sure to stop in the gift shop. The jewelry is one of a kind and will be a favored treasure.

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    The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts

    by GracesTrips Updated May 7, 2009

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    Or in Francais, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, is located in downtown Montréal. There are two buildings one right across the street from the other. The majectic older looking building is currently undergoing renovation and was closed during our visit. The more modern looking building had two special exhibits. One for Napolean Bonaparte and the other for John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Imagine Peace. We chose to visit during the evening. The museum stays open until 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. However, we were instructed to only visit the special exhibits and not the rest of the museum. That was fine with us because both exhibits were very interesting and spent more than enough time checking it all out.

    The hours the museum is open is very specific for each day. So, make sure to check out their website so you don't happen to go when they are closed. The cost is free but some special exhibits might fetch a fee.

    Please see my travelog for more photos on the Imagine Peace exhibit.

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    Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal

    by annieruel Updated Oct 13, 2006

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    The montreal museum of fine arts is canada's one of the oldest art museum, and through the years, it has become on of the country's most important art institutions.

    Le musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal est l'un des plus anciens musées d'art du Canada et l'un des établissements muséaux les plus importants du pays.
    Fondé en 1860, le Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal est le premier musée d'art du Canada. S'étant donné pour mission d'attirer dans ses murs le public le plus vaste et le plus diversifié qui soit, le Musée a rassemblé plus de 30 000 objets des quatre coins du monde, de l'Antiquité à nos jours. Ceux-ci forment aujourd'hui l'une des plus importantes collections encyclopédiques d'Amérique du Nord. D'importantes expositions temporaires sont présentées toute l'année.

    Canada's oldest and one of its most important art institutions, founded in 1860, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has been guided by a commitment to attract people from all walks of life. It has assembled one of North America's finest encyclopedic collections, totalling over 30,000 objects from around the world, from antiquity till now. Important temporary exhibitions are organized all year long.

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    Montreal Museum of Fine-Arts

    by Deus_ultima Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is probably the most well-know museum of Montreal.

    It's very big and the expositions there are always very nice I find.

    there is always a few expositions going at the same time, so you can come quite often and find new stuff.

    The store sells cheap prints, I find.
    Go a "Dali" there.
    :)

    They also have packages involving hotels and stuff.

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    A fine day for fine art

    by acemj Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts) is the oldest museum in Canada and is especially strong in its collection of Canadian art. You'll also find some works by Picasso, Dali, El Greco, Manet and many more. The building is impressive and best of all, the permanent collection is free.

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    Museum of Fine Arts/Musée des Beaux Arts

    by yooperprof Written Jan 1, 2013

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    Excellent comprehensive museum with extensive European and Canadian collections. The exhibits are spread out over several adjacent buildings - with the main entrance and gift shop being located across the street from the historic "core" of the facility. It's all a little complicated, and the museum doesn't seem to have a good "map" or plan to pass out to visitors, so you might want to familiarize yourself with the collections and figure out where you need to be before you arrive.

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    by tvor Written Nov 15, 2009

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    The Musee des Beaux Arts in Montreal is a lovely museum with exhibits spread across two buildings linked by an underground throughway. There is a very good collection of Canadian art including First Nations artwork and they have collections of paintings from European masters right up to the early 20th century including works by Picasso and Rodin. They always have temporary visiting exhibits as well. The main permanent collections are free of charge with a charge for the temporary ones.

    They also have, thanks to a private contributor, a really interesting Napoleon exhibit. It only covers two rooms but the items were fascinating and included decorative items from the Napoleonic era in France such as mantel clocks, silverware and paintings. They had a marvellous bust of Empress Josephine and one of Napoleon as well as his death mask! They had one of his hats as well, one apparently used during the Russian campaign. There were some statutes and heroic battle paintings and they had some miniatures of both Napoleon and Josephine on display. There are other personal effects such as a writing desk and some clothing. The Empire gallery is new and is most definitely something worth seeing.

    The main entrance to the building is through the newer building on the south side of Sherbrooke Str but you can enter either side. There are lifts for people with accessibility problems and there's a coat check as well. They seemed to be ok for photos as long as you didn't use a flash. There is a bistro restaurant and a little cafe and the gift shop was quite good.

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