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Guidelines for visitors

Jean-Noël Desmarais pavilion, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Photo: Bernard Fougères and Jean-François Lejeune.

Visitors must absolutely book their tickets online and select the date and time of their visit.

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Exclusive visit of the utmost in safety

The MMFA has put every measure in place to ensure visits are highly enjoyable, exclusive yet intimate, and, above all, safe. All of the recommendations of the Government of Quebec and the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) have been implemented so that the MMFA’s public feels at ease and entertained during their Museum outing.


Visitors can book their tickets online and select the date and time of their visit. Museum Members also have to reserve their tickets online, which will be free, as visits are included in their membership.

Tickets are date-time stamped in order to control the flow of visitors. This new rule ensures public safety as well as allow visitors a more intimate exploration of the exhibition.

Following a suspension due to the pandemic, the MMFA is once again offering all Quebec residents free admission to the Museum the first Sunday of every month. You can visit the permanent collection galleries that are open, free of charge.

Please note that free admission does not include access to the temporary exhibitions on Level 3 of the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, the Stéphan Crétier and Stéphanny Maillery Wing for the Arts of One World are also accessible. However, the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion, the Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion and two contemporary art galleries located on Level S2 of the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion are temporarily closed as we are making improvements. They will reopen shortly.

Places are limited. Reservations required (via the online MMFA ticket office only). Tickets can be reserved as of the Monday preceding the first Sunday of the following month.

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Vaccine passports

A vaccine passport or other proof of vaccination is not required to visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts or its Boutique and Bookstore. Nor is such proof required to participate in any of the educational activities offered in the Museum’s galleries or studios (e.g. Family Weekends, the Art Hive, WKSHP 15-20, the Museum’s School of Art). School groups of any level may enter the Museum without a passport.

However, proof of vaccination with a QR code (printed, electronic or via the VaxiCode application), along with one piece of government-issued photo identification, is mandatory to participate in any activity held in the Maxwell Cummings Auditorium, the Cinéma du Musée and Bourgie Hall. To allow us enough time to conduct the verifications before the activity commences, we ask that you kindly arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time indicated on your ticket.

Health measures

In accordance with the public health measures in effect, a physical distancing of 1 metre must be maintained in indoor public spaces. In the interest of the safety and comfort of your visit, the MMFA is proceeding with a progressive increase of its visitor capacity and continuing to limit the number of people allowed in each gallery.

Wearing a face covering continues to be mandatory. You must have your face covering on at the entrance and keep it on for the duration of your visit. The MMFA is not distributing disposable masks.

Hydroalcoholic gel is dispensed in the entrance areas.

Course of your visit

Enter the Museum via the main entrance, at 1380 Sherbrooke Street West. Museum staff is on hand to assist visitors and answer their questions.

The MMFA is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Wednesday evenings, until 9 p.m.

The Museum Boutique and Bookstore is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Wednesday evenings, until 9 p.m. The MMFA also has an online boutique accessible at all times.

The cloakroom is open. However, we ask visitors to avoid bringing large bags or suitcases.

The following services are not offered: the Beaux-arts Bistro, the Beaux-arts Restaurant, the Digital Mediation Innovation Lab PRISM, Thursday at the Museum, on-site audioguide rentals and exhibitions' guided tours.

Please note that we are currently renovating and making improvements to certain galleries in Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion and the Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion for Decorative Arts and Design. As such, these spaces are temporarily closed to the public.

It is strongly recommended that people with reduced mobility or special needs notify the Museum of their upcoming visit. Our customer service team can be reached at 514-285-2000.

Safety regulations for visitors

Since the artworks in our collection are unique, valuable and sometimes fragile, the Museum would like to remind you to observe a few guidelines.


Enjoy looking at the works on view but, unless otherwise indicated, don’t touch them! Museum galleries are equipped with electronic motion-detection and video surveillance systems.

Guidelines for visitors - Artwork
Guidelines for visitors


You may take photos for your own personal use in the galleries of the collections and some temporary exhibitions. Shooting videos or using a flash or tripod is forbidden.


The cloakroom is open. You will be able to keep your coats with you. You may take a handbag for your personal belongings into public areas and exhibition galleries. We are not responsible for lost, damaged, or unclaimed items.

Food and drink

Eating and drinking in the Museum is not allowed.


  • Pencil sketching is allowed in the galleries devoted to the Museum’s collections.
  • The use of ballpoint and fountain pens, ink and watercolour is prohibited at all times.
  • Make sure you do not impede the flow of other visitors in the galleries when sketching.
  • The Museum reserves the right to review its sketching policy during peak visiting hours.

Lost and found

Should you lose something, contact customer service at 514-285-2000.

First aid

Should you not feel well, ask the nearest security guard for assistance.


Using cellphones in the Museum’s public spaces is allowed provided ringers are set to vibrate and conversations are kept low.

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