Experience fine arts in all forms at the city’s largest and the country’s most visited museum, where an encyclopedic collection of tens of thousands of works spanning centuries is spread out over five pavilions. Founded in 1860, the museum has since grown to include its own cinema, concert hall and outdoor installations. Check out Dale Chihuly’s 1,347-piece glass sculpture of the sun on its front steps or Jim Dine’s red-bronze Twin 6’ Hearts across the street for a photo op.
February 2020: We’ve made a number of changes in our lineup of the best museums in Montreal, with expansions made on a number of beloved favorites as well as the addition of a few new places to check out. You’ll also find a couple curiosities that are a little further afield but well worth the trip.
If you’re looking for the best things to do this weekend in Montreal, consider a visit to one of the best museums in Montreal. It’s one of the most popular things to do with kids in Montreal, and of all this city’s best attractions, a museum visit gives you an inclusive taste of the local culture—especially when it’s coupled with one of the best walking tours in Montreal. With over 40 museums, there’s a lot to discover, so use this curated list of only the most excellent places in town and make sure your next excursion gets off on the right foot. Who knows? You might learn a thing or two.
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