Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec (MNBAQ), Quebec City

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At Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec (MNBAQ), survey a vast collection of art from notable Quebec artists. Founded in 1933, the museum spreads across three buildings--one of them a repurposed prison--and boasts more than 25,000 pieces, ranging from the 18th century to modern times. Wander the spacious pavilions and admire permanent and temporary exhibits of local art, from the French colonial era to the famous 20th-century Quebecois painters. Take a break in the cafe, or relax and enjoy the scenic park view from the restaurant. By using our Quebec City online attractions planner, you can arrange your visit to Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec (MNBAQ) and other attractions in Quebec City.
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Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec (MNBAQ) reviews

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  • The museum has significantly expanded since our last visit. They have added an extra building that has a large amount of exhibition space. The special rotating exhibits were great. The American... 
    The museum has significantly expanded since our last visit. They have added an extra building that has a large amount of exhibition space. The special rotating exhibits were great. The American...  more »
  • Huge building that is easy to get lost in. Thankfully they had a good temporary exhibit from the Smithsonian. Good restaurant on-site. 
    Huge building that is easy to get lost in. Thankfully they had a good temporary exhibit from the Smithsonian. Good restaurant on-site.  more »
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  • The buildings are beautiful and well kept; however the art and the exhibitions, as others reviews have mentioned, are deeply biased and honestly unoriginal with a heavy leaning towards the glorification of death, decomposition, torment, and hopelessness. The exhibition named America is deeply biased. To begin, as a Latina whose parents immigrated to the USA, the usage of America as pertaining to only the USA is wrong. America includes North, Central and South America. The story told in that exhibition contains deep judgement of the USA as a uniquely decomposing, explicit and dying society of people who torment and are tormented. This is wrong due to the heavy bias- as a Latina woman whose parents immigrated, the USA has been a place where I have had access to amazing education at top institutions with exposure to many, many opportunities. Certainly each country has troubled and sad areas of history and culture, but to exhibit a country as uniquely hypocritical and bad is deeply biased, it’s deeply wrong - especially when this is narrated in a country (Canada) with a similar history. I was also struck by the small amount of art in such large buildings; swaths of white walls line the beautiful architecture. In short, I expected more and truly thought that I would find beautiful art - that inspires and transmits amazement at the quality of the paintings/ art. Instead there is a fascination on death, decomposition and tormented minds. I regret visiting the museum and leave with a sad taste in my mouth as if this truly represents the mindset of our cultures, then they are hopelessly ugly and wasted. Why not also speak of the beauty of our peoples and cultures?
  • This is everything an art museum should be. Beautiful architecture featuring expansive, quiet white spaces that create the perfect backdrop for the diverse array of exhibits. We spent 3 hours here and didn't even make it to the second building. Even my partner enjoyed it and he tends to lose interest after 90 minutes. The Inuit gallery was a highlight. We went on a Friday afternoon and there was no wait and not many people there.

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