Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts)#3 in Best Things To Do in Montreal
Montreal's most prestigious museum has been building its collection of fine arts for more than 150 years. Feast your eyes on an impressive assortment of Canadian and international works, including pieces by such renowned artists as Rembrandt, El Greco, Renoir, Cézanne and Picasso. Other interesting members of the museum's collection include 18th-century English porcelain, artifacts from World War I and several beautiful pieces of furniture designed by Frank Gehry.
Recent visitors described the exhibits as outstanding and worth the admission price, and highly recommend spending a few hours here if you have the time. There's also a bookstore and restaurant located on-site.
Nestled a few blocks south of Mont-Royal in downtown Montreal (accessible from the Green Line's Peel and Guy-Concordia métro stations), the Musée des Beaux-Arts is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Wednesdays, the museum stays open until 9 p.m. Admission to the major exhibitions is CA$23 (around $17) for adults 31 and older and CA$15 (about $11) for guests 13 to 30. There is an additional fee to access temporary exhibitions: Adults ages 31 and older will be charged CA$15 (around $12). For more information, visit the museum's website.
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#1 Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)
As the site of the original city of Montreal, Vieux-Montréal (accessible from the Orange Line's Place-d'Armes and Champ-de-Mars métro stations) is the hub of the city's culture. Not much has changed in this neighborhood despite the city's rapid urbanization. Horse-drawn carriages traverse cobblestone streets and meander past such notable sites as the Basilique Notre-Dame, the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall), the Vieux-Port (Old Port) and the Marché Bonsecours (Bonsecours Market).
Here, you'll mingle with Montrealers at sidewalk cafes while overlooking the river, or enjoy the summertime street performers at Place Jacques-Cartier. This is also a popular shopping area (despite the kitschy souvenir shops), and numerous bars and clubs bring Vieux-Montréal to life come sundown. Recent visitors said this area is a must for strolling, eating and experiencing the history of Montreal and feels very European thanks to its beautiful architecture.
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