Best Museums and Art Spots in Montreal for Art Lovers

by | Jan 3, 2020 | City Guides, Montreal

Do you love art and traveling for business? Why not combine your two passions by visiting some of the best destinations North America has to offer? You don’t need to look any further. Montreal should be at the top of your destination list, you can find from world-class museums of fine arts, artsy coffee shops, street art to the smallest architectural details.

All you need to do is keep your eyes open and enjoy! While making business, your free time should be living for Montreal museums, galleries, and visual arts.

Plus, don’t you worry about the distance, we’re sure near the furnished apartment you rent in Montreal, you’ll find a great art spot or a famous museum. You only have to walk the streets nearby to enjoy.


Let’s start with a taste of the top museums…


Top museums of Montreal
Montreal have a rich and variety offer of museums


Montreal has more than 40 types of museums including; archaeology, fine arts, contemporary arts or history, ethnology, natural history, photography, custom, world cultures, circus and more.


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts


Without a doubt, it’s the city’s most prominent museum. In fact, is one of Canada’s most visited museums and the eighth in North America. So, feast your eyes on original contemporary exhibitions of fine arts, fashion and design, music, and film.


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts


Don’t miss walking through all its five pavilions which include international art, world cultures, decorative arts and design, and Quebec and Canadian art.   

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays only the big exhibitions are accessible. The cost for general admission is CAD $24, and for Wednesday evenings (starting at 5 P.M.) is CAD $16.


Montreal Museum of contemporary art (MAC)


MAC host works from local and international artists. You can discover new and continually changing experiences, including a rich permanent collection of 7 600 works. Additionally, the museum offers academic activities.


Montreal Museum of contemporary art
Montreal Museum of contemporary art


The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday. For adults, the admission is for CAD$15, and on Wednesday evenings is half-price from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology and History


Pointe-à-Callière holds a multimedia show and three annual national and international exhibitions. You can hop in the elevator and head underground where you can follow the development of Montreal, from its days as a fledgling colony and on up through the present day to an exhibit showing the city’s multicultural lifestyle.


Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology and History
Taken from pacmusee.qc.ca


It’s located in the heart of Old Montreal and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The general admission is CAD$17.

In addition to the city’s major art museums, there are other museums where you can enjoy art. Take, for example:


  • The McCord Museum, which celebrates the history of Montreal with objects, paintings, costumes, and more.
  • The Stewart Museum or Saint-Gabriel Museum, which highlights the European influence in New France.
  • The Cinémathèque Québécoise, which highlights works from Quebec and elsewhere in Canada and international animated films, for cultural and educational purposes.


In late May it’s celebrated the Montreal Museums Day when you can get access for free to 34 museums. In the MTL Museums website, you can get 3 different packages for exploring the city’s museums at your own pace.


Tour all galleries!


If you prefer galleries, the city is home to so many galleries. In fact, in Old Montreal district alone, you will find nearly two dozen different galleries from Inuit art and photography to the most contemporary works.


Top galleries of Montreal
Taken from mtl.org


Must-visit galleries are: Montreal Art Centre, located in Griffintown is a hub of visual arts. Where you can watch the work’s resident artists from these open personal studios. La Guilde, a historical gallery and museum of Canadian art. Delight in contemporary art like Inuit, Métis and First Nation creations that will give you an insight into the diversity of Canadian crafts and artwork.


Spend a day in artistic coffee shops


In Montreal, you can find several places to enjoy good coffee and art. These coffee shops are all stunning. Whether it is for their breath-taking authentic architecture, their unpretentious decor or for their unique minimalist details. They are an expression of artistic Montreal’s life.


  • Café des Arts offers different fresh and often local menu items, baked goods, and seasonal treats with the gallery space, blending which presents contemporary creative work by local artists. It’s located in the Bonsecours Market in the Old Port.
  • Arts Café is known for its brunch offerings, in addition to its coffee. You can enjoy arts-related events throughout the year.


Interact with street art


Street art in Montreal
Taken from dcmtlblog.com


The city hosts a huge diversity in its street art, which you can admire. There is an annual international public art festival focuses on murals and mural-making. St. Laurent is the most popular street art spot “an open-air art gallery”, with over 100 works of international and local talent.

Some of the best works you’ll find are upon the buildings and walls in the city’s Mont-Royal neighborhood.

The best part is that you never quite know where you might find spectacular murals. Just go out of the building housing rental in Montreal and enjoy the artistic side of Montreal, and improve your business trip and art tourism housing with Corporate Stays in Myriade, BnC or Loft4U, luxury monthly apartment for rent in Montreal in fantastic locations!


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