• Bourgie Hall
    A unique setting
About Bourgie Hall

Bourgie Hall, part of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is a concert hall located in the former Erskine and American Church, a heritage building designed by the architect Alexander Cowper Hutchison in the Roman Revival style, in 1894. Designated a historic place of national interest in 1998, this transformed building now boasts outstanding acoustics and exceptional décor that includes 20 historical stained-glass windows by Tiffany.

Perfectly suited to the requirements of chamber music ensembles and other groups, such as string orchestras, Bourgie Hall offers music lovers experiences that reflect the MMFA’s encyclopaedic diversity.

  • Bourgie Hall
    This 462-seat concert hall is perfect for chamber groups and other small ensembles such as string orchestras. Bourgie Hall is professionally equipped and boasts two Steinway pianos (acquired thanks to a generous donor), one Érard Grand Piano, two harpsichords, a clavicytherium and a chamber organ with twelve stops, two manuals and pedal, built by Montreal-based builder Hellmuth Wolff.
  • Flemish Harpsichord
  • Italian Harpsichord
  • Clavicytherium
  • Organ Opus 1
  • Organ Opus 2
  • Steinway Piano
  • Restoration of the stained glass windows
    The restoration and conversion of the nave of the church into a concert hall provided the opportunity for a thorough study and cleaning of this outstanding group of stained glass windows – part of the Museum’s collection – that decorate the building.
  • My favourite Bourgie Hall moment

    “All the fine performances made possible by the intimacy of this hall.”

  • My favourite Bourgie Hall moment

    “There is no stronger emotion than that felt at one or another of the concerts heard in Bourgie Hall. It is great to know that, season after season, the audience’s response to the program of early, classical, contemporary and jazz music has been maintained and is growing. This Hall, located outside the Quartier des Spectacles, has met the challenge of having a soul, keeping music alive and showing the connections possible between the visual arts and music.”

  • My favourite Bourgie Hall moment

    “This hall is much more intimate than some others, especially for the sort of music offered.”

  • My favourite Bourgie Hall moment

    “The first time I set foot in the Hall, saw the stained glass windows, saw the curve of the seating in the balcony, and touched the wood.”

  • My favourite Bourgie Hall moment

    “Every moment I’ve spent in Bourgie Hall has been unforgettable…”

  • Acoustics of the Hall
    The acoustic quality of the venue, already recognized, was further improved by specialized professionals. Some structural and electronic adjustments were also made so as to realize the full potential of the space. The quality of the Hall’s acoustic is enhanced by the cherry wood orchestra shell.
  • The Bourgie Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts
    An unprecedented restoration campaign