185, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
H2X 3X5
Phone: (514) 847-6226
Fax: (514) 847-6291

Montréal Museum Of Contemporary Art

Montreal’s Museum of contemporary art was founded by the Quebec government in 1964, as a service to the ministry of Cultural Affairs. In 1983, the museum became an autonomous entity, which its own administration. Its mission consists of presenting, promoting and conserving contemporary art in Quebec, as well as maintaining its prsence on the Canadian and International art scene.

It is the first Canadian institution to be entirely devoted to contemporary art, and offers a varied program of exhibition, comprising of its permanent collection and several temporary exhibitions of Canadian and International artists.

The permanent collection is comprised of nearly 7000 works, including the most important ensemble of works by Paul-Emile Borduas. Supported by its education and documentation services, the museum offers serveral educational activites which strive to familiarise the public with contemporary art. In addition, the museum’s performance program offers the opportunity to see modern dance, experimental theatre, films, and live music.

Permanent Collection

Rich in over 7000 works by 1500 artists (among which 1200 are living), the museum’s collection illustrates both the artistc developments in Quebec (Paul-Émile Borduas, Alfred Pellan, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Guido Molinari, Fernand Leduc, Claude Tousignant, Yves Gaucher, Betty Goodwin, Roland Poulin, Geneviève Cadieux, Jana Sterbak) and the rest of Canada (Jack Bush, Paterson Ewen, Michael Snow, Jeff Wall and Rodney Grahamm among others). The collection also includes work by several international artists, such as Bill Viola, Gary Hill, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, James Turell, Richard Long, Mario Merz, Christian Boltanski, Shirin Neshat, Sam Taylor-Wood, Nan Goldin, Isaac Julien and Vik Muniz.


26 May – 3 September 2007

Selected pieces from the reserve collection
20 April – 8 October 2007-06-01

PLACE A LA MAGIE ! Quebec in the 40s, 50s and 60s
Until 30 November 2007

An exhibition presenting 50 works by key figures such as Paul-Émile Borduas, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Alfred Pellan, Jean McEwen, Paterson Ewen, Guido Molinari, Yves Gaucher, Charles Gagnon.

Virtual exhibition : Perspectives on Claude Tousignant
Until 31 December 2010
To be seen on the museum website !

Projection Series
Until 30 September 2007


Adults $8
Seniors $6
Students $4
Families (4 people, including at least one adult, and young people aged between 12 and 17 years) $16
Admission free to members and children under 12

Free entry to all public on Wednesdays, from 6pm to 9pm

Opening hours

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11am to 6pm. Open on Wednesdays from 11am to 9pm. Closed on Mondays, except pn public holidays.

Late opening on the first Friday of each month, until 9pm, with live music.

Closed on 25 December and 1 January


In house shop, bookshop, café, and restaurant
Audioguides available for $2

Adapted tours and activities available for disabled and blind visitors.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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Please contact the museum for details of educational activites and reservations. Student groups are welcomed from Tuesday to Friday.
Phone 514 847 6253


Groups of 15 or more, with guided tour - $6 per person / $10 per person with workshop
Student groups, with guided tour - $3 per person / $4.50 with workshop
Please phone 514 847 6253 for information


Guided tours take place on Wednesday at 6pm, 7pm and 7.30pm in French, and at 6.30pm in English

Satudays and Sundays at 1pm and 3pm in English and French.

Free with admission ticket