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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is the city’s largest museum and is amongst the most prominent in Canada. The MMFA is spread across five pavilions and the full extent of the campus makes it amongst the largest art museums in North America. The permanent collection included approximately 44,000 works.

Among the many historical, cultural and specimen objects in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts the following are highlights:

  • “Temptation of Saint Hilarion” by Octave Tassaert
  • “Canadian Fall” by Otto Reinhold Jacobi
  • “Bonaparte Entering Cairo” by Jean-Leon Gerome
  • Maitreya bodhisattva, Gandhara, Kushan period, 3rd century
  • Mask, Japan, Edo period

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Essential Facts:

  • Name:              Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA)
  • French:            Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (MBAM)
  • Established:    1860
  • Type:                Art museum
  • Location:        1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


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