National Museum of Fine Arts (Musee National des Beaux-Arts)
- Type: Museums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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The National Museum of Fine Arts' perch in Battlefields Park means that you can enjoy views of this beloved green space while you peruse the notable works housed within these galleries. The collection is spread across three separate buildings: the Grand Hall, the Charles-Baillairgé Building, and the Gérard-Morisset Building. The design and historic significance of these three structures adds to the art-viewing experience. For example, the Charles-Baillairgé Building was the Québec City Prison from 1867 to 1970. You can still tour some of the cells that remain intact; the others have been transformed into galleries. And the neoclassical Gérard-Morisset Building is the original museum building, home to many of the museum's works.
Although previous visitors agree that the National Museum of Fine Arts can't compare to other art museums like the Louvre in Paris or the Met in New York, most say that Québec City's version is worth checking out. According to one TripAdvisor user, "The museum always has some interesting collections; however, even if you don't want to spend the money on the entrance fee, the building itself is something to be seen." But as far as facilities go, some travelers note that the quality of the food served in the museum café doesn't match its prices.
The National Museum of Fine Arts is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday evenings. The permanent collection is free to visit, but you will have to pay $15 CAD (about $15 USD) to explore the temporary exhibitions. For more information, visit the National Museum of Fine Arts website.