The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, located in the heart of the Golden Square Mile neighborhood, is one of Canada’s most prominent cultural institutions. Home to over 44,000 works of art, from European masterpieces to Inuit sculpture, the museum also hosts classical concerts, public programs, and lecture series.
As one of the city’s top landmarks, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is included on most Montreal attractions passes, which grant access to a bundle of sites with a one-time payment. Attractions passes typically also include the Montreal Biodôme, Saint Joseph’s Oratory, and the McCord Museum.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts houses seven permanent collections, including Archaeology and World Cultures, Quebec and Canadian Art, and International Contemporary Art. The museum offers free daily tours of select temporary and permanent exhibitions. A calendar of tours, workshops, and events is available online.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a must for art lovers and history buffs.
- All of the museum’s pavilions are wheelchair accessible; wheelchairs are available at coat check, free of charge.
- Download the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts mobile app for a map, free audio guides, and information about tours and activities. The museum offers free Wi-Fi.
- Purchase tickets in advance online to avoid long lines.
- Street signs, including parking and traffic signs, are written in French. Metered street parking is available, but it’s often limited.
How to Get There
Centrally located in the Golden Square Mile, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is easily accessible using Montreal’s comprehensive public transit system. Bus 24 stops at the museum’s entrance on Sherbrooke Street, and the Peel metro station is a short 7–minute walk away. A BIXI bike share dock is located on the corner of Rue Crescent and Boulevard de Maisonneuve.
When to Get There
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is busiest on weekend afternoons; even then, though, the wide range of exhibitions means that it doesn’t often feel overly crowded. Go on a weekday for a quieter visit. The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm. On Wednesdays, reduced admission is offered from 5 to 9pm, and free admission is offered on the first Sunday of each month.
Salle Bourgie, acquired and restored by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is a 462-seat concert hall that’s located in a converted church and renowned for its 20 Tiffany stained glass windows. A popular haunt for local music lovers, the hall offers around 150 concerts every year, ranging from contemporary jazz to classical chamber music. Purchase tickets online in advance to reserve your seat, as concerts sell out quickly.