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About the Museum

With over a million visitors annually, the MMFA is one of Canada and North America’s most visited museums.

Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
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1,174,680

visitors annually

illustration of the MMFA's visitors

346,952

participants in educational ans cultural activities

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107,035 Members

58,246 memberships

The Museum’s original temporary exhibitions combine various artistic disciplines—fine arts, music, film, fashion and design—and are exported around the world, while its rich encyclopedic collection, spread across five pavilions, comprises international art, world cultures, contemporary works, decorative arts and design, and Quebec and Canadian art.

The Museum has seen exceptional growth in recent years with the addition of two new pavilions: the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion, in 2011, and the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, in 2016. The MMFA complex also includes Bourgie Hall, a 462-seat concert hall, as well as an auditorium and a movie theatre.

The MMFA is also one of Canada’s leading publishers of art books in French and English, which are distributed internationally. Furthermore, the Museum houses the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy, the largest educational complex in a North American art museum, enabling it to offer innovative educational, wellness and art therapy programs.

Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace
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A bold, innovative and inclusive Museum

Through its activities and initiatives, a vibrant, engaged and multidisciplinary MMFA strives to forge ties with the public, its members and its partners.

Humanae, a monumental human mosaic by Brazilian photographer Angélica Dass
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A World-Class Museum

The MMFA ranks first among Canadian art museums in its number of visitors and memberships.

1,174,680

visitors in 2019

illustration of the MMFA's visitors

1st

among Quebec’s most visited museums

2nd

in Canada

11th

in North America

60th

in the world

Canada’s oldest

art museum

18th largest

museum in North America in terms of size

5 pavilions

with a total area of over 53,095 m2

1st

in terms of membership with over 108,618 Members

346,952

participants annually in educational, cultural and wellness activities

James L.Weston, Vue de l’édifice de l’Art Association, square Phillips, à Montréal, photolithographie colorée (première page du Canadian Illustrated News, 31 mai 1879).

The story of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

1860-2016, 156 years of history

1860
1910
1950
1970
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2010
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Discover 156 years of History

Founding
(1860-1910)

James L. Weston, View of Art Association Building, Phillips Square, Montreal, coloured photolithograph (cover page of Canadian Illustrated News, May 31, 1879). Purchase, Mr. and Mrs Gerald Bronfman Fund for Master Graphics, 1964.

James L. Weston, about 1815–1896, active in Canada, View of the Art Association Building, Phillips Square, Montreal, Coloured photolithograph (cover page of Canadian Illustrated News, May 31, 1879), 30.4 x 28.2 cm (sheet), 24.4 x 24 cm (image). Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Bronfman Fund for Master Graphics.

1860

Establishment of the Art Association of Montreal (the first art museum in Canada) to “encourage an appreciation of the fine arts amongst the people of the city.”

1879

Opening of the first Art Gallery in Montreal’s Phillips Square.

Main gallery Detail of the hanging arrangement, 1879.

Notman & Sandham, The 1879 Art Gallery, Phillips Square, main gallery, detail of the hanging arrangement, 1879, albumenized paper. McCord Museum, Montreal. Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd. Inv. VIEW-1051.1. Photo McCord Museum, Montreal

Mission
(1910-1950)

Edward Maxwell, architect, 1913.

Wm. Notman & Son
Edward Maxwell, architect (detail), 1913, black and white photograph. Archives, MMFA.

Edward Maxwell, architect, 1913.

Wm. Notman & Son
Edward Maxwell, architect (detail), 1913, black and white photograph. Archives, MMFA.

1912

Relocation of the Art Gallery to a new building on Sherbrooke Street (today’s Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion).

The Art Association’s new art gallery, the Sherbrooke Street facade 1913

Wm. Notman & Son, The Art Association’s new Art Gallery, Sherbrooke Street, the Sherbrooke Street facade (detail), 1913, Gelatin dry plate. McCord Museum, Montreal. Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd. Inv. VIEW-13052. Photo McCord Museum, Montreal.

1916

Creation of the department of decorative arts and traditional arts, establishing its mission as an encyclopedic museum.

Identity
(1950-1970)

historical photo of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, ladies with tour guide in front of painting

1950

The Art Association is renamed the
 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Picasso, exhibition poster, 1964.

Picasso, exhibition poster, 1964. Archives, MMFA.

1960

Celebration of the Museum’s centennial and the democratization of art, including, for the first time, support from benefactors in the French-speaking community.

1961

Creation of an education department.

Democratization
(1970-1990)

Michal and Renata Hornstein pavilion

1972

The Museum’s status changes from a private institution to a mixed non-profit corporation.

Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion, exterior view.

Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion, exterior view. Photo: MMFA, Denis Farley.

1976

Opening of a second pavilion (today’s Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion).

1980

A turning point in the Museum’s history, with unconventional exhibitions such as Tintin (1980) and Leonardo da Vinci (1987) attracting new audiences.

Opening up to the World and a multidisciplinary approach
(1990-2010)

Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion

Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion Photo MMFA, Christine Guest

1991

Opening of the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion, the Museum’s third.

1994

Création de la Fondation du MBAM pour recueillir des fonds privés et assurer un financement à long terme par des dons capitalisés.

Liliane and David M. Stewart, 1981-1982.

Liliane and David M. Stewart (detail), 1981–82, colour photograph. Archives, Macdonald Stewart Foundation.

1997

The Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, founded by Liliane and David M. Stewart in 1979, takes up residence at the Museum; it will merge with the MMFA in 2000.

Tiffany Studios, New York, Angel of the Resurrection, leaded-glass window

Tiffany Studios, New York, Angel of the Resurrection, leaded-glass window, about 1931, 190 x 63 cm, after a 1904 design by Frederick Wilson. Erskine and American Church, Montreal.

2008

The Arte Musica Foundation is created and takes up residence at the Museum.

Exponential expansion
(2010-2016)

Photo of the inside of Bourgie Hall, with a piano on stage

Photo: Bernard Fougère

2011

Opening of the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion, the Museum’s fourth, as well as the inauguration of the Bourgie Concert Hall; major reinstallation of 4,000 works in the Museum’s four pavilions.

Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy

Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy
Photo © Marc Cramer

2012

Creation of the Michel de La Chenelière Art & Education StudiO, doubling the facilities for educational activities.

Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy

2016

Over 1 million visitors, 107,000 members and 300,000 participants in educational, cultural and community activities.

An engaged, humanist Museum
(2016-2020)

Inauguration of the Pavilion for Peace, the Museum’s fifth, which houses 700 works of international art, from Old Masters to modern pieces, including those of the Hornstein donation.

Expanded spaces for family, educational and community activities; addition of art therapy programs.

Reinstallation of 2,500 works from the World Cultures, Decorative Arts and Design collections in the other pavilions.

Museum Foundation

Help us pursue the social and humanist work of your Museum. Every donation counts.

Grégory Jean-Louis, Young Philanthropists’ Circle donor since 2019

The museum team

The contributions of our multidisciplinary team are key to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ growth and expanding influence. We work together as a group to ensure you a bold, innovative and inclusive museum.

Staff Directory

Employees as of March 31, 2019

Agendrix, gracious supplier of the Museum’s personnel management software.

Board of Trustees

Clare A Chiu

Clare A Chiu

Alix d'Anglejan-Chatillon

Alix d’Anglejan-Chatillon

Special Secretary
Pierre Bourgie

Pierre Bourgie

President
Caroline Codsi

Caroline Codsi

Sylvie Demers

Sylvie Demers

Marcel Elefant

Marcel Elefant

Roger Fournelle

Roger Fournelle, B.A.A., LL.B.

Vice-president
Valentine Goddart

Valentine Goddard

Sari Hornstein

Sari Hornstein

Jean Houde

Jean Houde

Claudette Hould

L’honorable Serge Joyal, c.p., O.C.

L’honorable Serge Joyal, c.p., O.C.

G. Pierre Lapointe

G. Pierre Lapointe

René Malo

René Malo, C.Q., dr.h.c.

Stéphanie Marchand

Stéphanie Marchand

Lillian Mauer

Lillian Mauer

Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obomsawin

Jessica Pathy

Jessica Pathy, CPA auditeur, CA

Special Treasurer
Jacques Parisien

Jacques Parisien

Julia Reitman

Julia Reitman

Michaela Sheaf

Michaela Sheaf

Vice-President

2018-2019
Annual report

2018-2019 annual report

Annual Meeting

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 5 P.M.

In light of the ongoing public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect the health and safety of meeting participants, the meeting will be held as a completely virtual meeting, which will be conducted via live webcast. The information members will need to attend, participate and vote at our virtual meeting (which will include the necessary access code) will be sent separately by Computershare prior to the meeting.

Voting Members will be able to attend, participate and vote in real time at the virtual meeting, regardless of their location, as long as they are connected to the Internet. We invite you to participate in the virtual meeting, since the Museum's regulation provide that the annual meeting of Members is the only opportunity for you to exercise your right to vote.

View the Notice of Annual Meeting

View the latest communications from the Board of Trustees:

List of candidacies proposed by the Nominating Committee
List of candidacies proposed by five members entitled to vote
Audited Financial Statements for the Year ended March 31, 2020
2020 Nominating Committee
2020 Borrowing Regulation
Minutes of the 2019 Annual Meeting
Press release - August 28, 2020
Complementary fact sheet
Press release - July 20, 2020

If you have any questions or comments, please write to ca@mbamtl.org

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