We will be going through all we know about the local Montreal art scene in great depth for you today. As the piece progresses galleries, museums, supply stores, schools, shows, events, and more will be broken down.
Even if we are trying to cover it all the best Montreal Art Galleries and Museums seem like the wisest starting point. Then we will start to span out and get into the best art stores near you for anyone that is trying to buy some new materials or supplies.
We also can’t forget about the best shows, festivals, and events in the region. Going on an art walk or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll in the right parts of town can be a lot of fun when the weather permits. Checking out the top statues and sculptures in the city can also work well with that.
Expect to learn about local art schools that offer both group and private lessons too. Studio space where you can work on your latest project, as well as dealers, appraisers, and framing services in your area will be covered.
You will find an art map before you go that will show you where all of these spots are located. Those who are interested can read our other posts about cities in Canada right there.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Montreal
The best art galleries and museums in Montreal will have some incredible sites to see:
- Museum of Fine Arts at 1380 Sherbrooke St W
- Musée D’art Contemporain at 185 Saint Catherine St W
- Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art at 451 & 465 Saint Jean St
- Centre D’exposition De L’universite De Montreal at 2940 Cote Ste Catherine Rd
- La Guild at 1356 Sherbrooke St W
- Galerie De L’uqam at 1400 Berri St
- The Quebec’s Master & Artisans Museum at 615 Saint Croix Ave
- Tohu at 2345 Jarry E St
- Museum Of Saint Joseph’s Oratory Of Mount Royal at 3800 Queen Mary Rd
- Montreal Art Centre at 1844 William St
- Galerie Mx at 333 Viger Ave W
- Gallerie Bloom at 224 Saint Paul St W
- Galerie Hugues Charbonneau at 372 Saint Catherine St
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, founded in 1860, is Canada’s oldest art museum and a leading museum in North America. The Museum’s original temporary exhibitions combine various artistic disciplines like fine arts, music, film, fashion, and design that are exported all over the world, while its extensive encyclopedic collection, housed in five pavilions, includes international art, world cultures, contemporary works, decorative arts and design, and Quebec and Canadian art. They also have a really nice sculpture garden that we will be mentioning again later.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is the country’s only institution dedicated solely to the avant-garde. It focuses on works developed after 1939, with a large number of works by local artists like Jean-Paul Riopelle and Betty Goodwin in the permanent collection while international artists Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Nan Goldin are also represented. There is no single dominant style, so expect to witness installations, multimedia displays, and pop and abstract expressionism examples.
The PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art, founded in 2007 by Phoebe Greenberg, is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting meaningful contemporary art experiences to the public free of charge. The Foundation is motivated by a desire to bring people together through art and to provide programming that encourages critical thinking and joy.
The Centre d’exposition de l’Universite de Montreal, a renowned museum institution, is the university’s center for the dissemination of the artistic and scientific heritage, and one of the few places near you where exhibitions pertaining to the social and natural sciences, as well as the arts, take place. The exhibition center, which is located on the campus, hosts shows that combine visual arts, architecture, and the humanities. Its permanent exhibition introduces visitors to 41 works from its collection, which are displayed throughout the campus in various public locations.
La Guilde is a non-profit organization committed to the conservation, promotion, and awareness of Inuit, First Nations, and Canadian crafts that was founded in 1906. La Guilde offers a lively program of temporary exhibitions, cultural and educational activities, in addition to its permanent show which features pieces from its collection. La Guilde also houses an art gallery in your area with works for sale by established and upcoming artists.
The Galerie de l’UQAM is a contemporary art gallery run by the university that looks into a variety of issues concerning professional artists’ work, as well as new trends and student work in visual and media arts, history, and museology. The Gallery is also in charge of the UQAM collection of artworks’ conservation, management, and distribution.
The MUMAQ, Musée des métiers d’art du Québec (previously the Musée des masters et artisans du Québec), promotes the creativity of Quebec’s craftspeople. Soon, there will be a new permanent exhibition to visit.
TOHU is a venue for dissemination, creativity, experimentation, and convergence between culture, environment, and community involvement that is located in the heart of the Cité des arts du cirque. TOHU has established itself as a leader in the field of culture-based sustainable development since its inception in 2004.
Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and national shrine on Mount Royal’s Westmount Summit. It is Canada’s largest church, with one of the world’s largest church domes, and is a National Historic Site of Canada. Not only is the architecture incredible but they also have a museum on site.
The Montreal Art Centre is a community of local artists who collaborate to create and show their work in the Centre’s facility in the Griffintown neighborhood. The Griffintown Art Gallery at the Centre exhibits the members’ work in a wide public space.
Gallerie Bloom has been representing well-known Canadian artists since 2014. Initially established on the Plateau-Mont-Royal, it was forced to relocate after only two years, and took advantage of the opportunity to settle in the historic Old Port sector. The gallery’s mission is to make modern art more approachable through customized and welcoming service.
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau has an exhibition program that showcases modern metropoles’ cultural richness and dynamism. Through exhibitions within its walls, public artworks, fairs, and cooperation with museums, the gallery supports artists, curators, and collectors. Artists represented by the gallery have exhibited in museums and biennales in 30 countries during the previous eight years, including China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Senegal, Switzerland, and the United States.
Materials & Supplies Near You
The best art supply stores near you to buy paints, brushes, pencils, canvases, frames, and other materials would be:
- Concordia Art Supply Store at 1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd W
- Kama Pigments at 7442 St Hubert St
- Coop Saint Laurent des Arts at 10 rue Villeneuve E
- Jatsura at 7695 18th Ave
- Lezard Creatif at 120 Laurier Ave W
- Deserres at 1500 McGill College Ave
Follett Canada, a new Book Stop operator, is in charge of the Art Supply Store. Hundreds of high-quality products for all creative requirements are available at the Art Supply Store on campus, including fine art supplies, tools, and presentation materials as well as frames and supports, and a large range of fine art paper.
Kama Pigments has grown over the years, thanks to the support of its customers and employees, by adding additional goods to its original line of raw materials. They got at their current catalogue of over 2,000 distinct products by forging new ties with various suppliers from around the world. Resins, glues, natural gums, dry oils, dry pigments, dyes, gold leaf, waxes, and other raw materials are among the items that are available.
At Coop Saint-Laurent des Arts, you’ll find an impressive selection of sheets, pencils, brushes, canvases, and everything you need to express yourself via drawing or painting. They also provide a number of services, such as expert art framing.
Jatsura is the premier choice for sculpting supplies for stone carving near you, supplying soapstone carving, alabaster carving, marble carving, sculpting and carving tools, workshop premises, and professional advice to sculptors of all levels.
Lézard Créatif first opened its doors in February of 2017 and is a boutique-workshop that has everything you need as well as a creative environment. DeSerres has been a prominent destination for artistic minds of all backgrounds since 1908, and it continues to set the benchmark for innovation.
Shows & Events
You won’t want to miss these local art shows, events, and festivals:
- Art Souterrain in March
- Festival Mtl en Arts in June
- MURAL Festival in August
- POP Montreal in September
- Les Francos de Montréal in September
- International Jazz Festival in September
- Expozine in December
For over a decade the Art Souterrain Festival has been highlighting contemporary art and Montréal’s underground city’s cultural legacy. It aspires to make art accessible to a wider audience by taking it out of its typical exhibition locations as a one-of-a-kind contemporary art event in North America.
Mtl en Arts Festival honors local originality, variety, and innovative new talent. The objective of this fun, free, inclusive, and accessible event is to support and promote the visual arts through interactive activities while also bridging the gap between artists and the general public.
The MURAL Festival has been on a mission to democratize urban art since its inception in 2012, making the city a must-see for art aficionados from all over the world. POP Montreal is a fall hipster event dedicated to all things indie including music, art, fashion, and film. POP, which takes place primarily in Mile End and its environs, giving concertgoers the rare opportunity to see bands like Arcade Fire, Grimes, and St. Vincent in smaller venues. Set aside some time for Puces Pop, an artisanal craft show featuring local and visiting artisans of all types.
Les Francos de Montréal is a big yearly music and performance festival held downtown that features French-language artists from around the world. Many of the concerts are open to the public and take place on numerous stages across Centre-ville including the Place des Arts.
The world’s largest jazz festival, Montreal International Jazz, takes over the Quartier des Spectacles. Get tickets to events at iconic downtown venues, or grab a beer and relax in the Place des Festivals, where a rotating lineup of crooners and bands perform free open-air shows.
Expozine is a small press, zine, and comics fair that takes place every year and is said to be Canada’s largest zine exhibition and one of North America’s major small press fairs, with 270 exhibitors and 15,000 attendees each autumn.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
You might be able to add a new piece to your collection or figure out how much a piece if you visit these art dealers and appraisers near you:
- Alan Klinkhoff Gallery at 1448 Sherbrooke St W
- Landau Fine Art at 1444 Sherbrooke St W #200
- Cosner Art Gallery at 1221 Blvd de Maisonneuve O
- Galerie Eric Klinkhoff at 1200 Sherbrooke St W
Since 1949 the Alan Klinkhoff Gallery has been a fine art dealer with a famous family history in the market. The Klinkhoffs, now in their third generation in the art industry, specialize in the highest quality Canadian classics, works of art dating from 1840 to the twenty-first century, by artists such as Cornelius Krieghoff, William Kurelek, Clarence Gagnon, and Charles Gagnon.
Landau Fine Art is a family-owned gallery that is the only place in Canada where you can find museum-quality works by worldwide masters. Robert and Alice travel widely, not only to show their latest buys at art fairs in Basel, Miami, Maastricht, and Paris, but also to seek out key works from private collections. It’s no surprise that numerous dealers and collectors from all over the world travel here for a private viewing of works by Picasso, Miró, Léger, Moore, Chagall, Jawlensky, Dubuffet, and other living artists exclusively represented by the gallery.
The Cosner Art Gallery is another great place to go for buying, selling, and valuing works by Canadian masters. Eric Klinkhoff has opened Galerie Eric Klinkhoff in the former Galerie Walter Klinkhoff, which was established in 1950 by his father.
What is better than walking around outside on a beautiful day and seeing some cool art in your area at:
- Quartier des Spectacles at 1435 St Alexander St
- Old Port Art Walk at 407 Rue Saint-Pierre
- Montréal Mural Art Tour at 3801 Rue Saint-Denis #B
The Quartier des Spectacles has always been a famous cultural and entertainment attraction in the area with a history dating back over 100 years. The Old Port Art Walk is located on the Saint Lawrence River, and its history dates back to the early 17th century. It now houses a number of notable art institutions in your area.
Tourists and locals alike can take guided tours of the Montréal Mural Art Tour. Saint-Laurent Boulevard has been transformed into the country’s best street art corridor in recent years. The city has become a world leader in the urban arts scene, and justifiably so, since the inception of the first graffiti culture meeting over 20 years ago, the more recent MURAL Festival, municipal and public non-profit organizations, and municipal and public non-profit organizations.
Sculptures & Statues
There are some really nice sculptures around town like:
- Museum of Fine Arts Sculpture Garden at 3410 Ave du Musée
- The Illuminated Crowd at 1981 McGill College Ave
- Les Chuchoteuse at 74 Rue Marie-Morin
- Dendrites at 830-846 Notre-Dame St W
- Di Octo at 1455 De Maisonneuve W
Earlier we mentioned that the Museum of Fine Arts has a great sculpture garden and we highly recommend you check it out when you visit. The Illuminated Crowd is Raymond Mason’s second huge crowd sculpture. The first, completed in 1968, represented the culmination of the artist’s previous street pieces. Almost a hundred figures saunter down towards the audience.
In 2006 Les Chuchoteuse, which translates to The Whisperers, were put as part of a project to bring attention to the abandoned corners of Old Town. The beautification of Ville-historic Marie’s center is one of the borough’s top goals, and the opening of the Placette Saint-Dizier marked the start of a larger project.
Dendrites was created as part of the Bonaventure expressway rehabilitation project near the entrance to downtown, which was created as a legacy for the city’s 375th anniversary. The idea was recognized as the winner of a 2016 invitation-only pan-Canadian competition.
On September 28, 2017, famous American artist Anthony Howe presented Di-Octo on Mackay St. and De Maisonneuve Blvd W.
Montreal Art Classes
Whether you need lessons for kids or are an adult who wants to grow your skills the best Montreal art schools and classes can probably help:
- Syn Studio at 460 Rue Sainte-Catherine O #508
- École des Beaux-arts de Montréal at 4395 Ave Papineau
- Academy Fine Arts De Montréal at 6524 Rue Saint-Hubert
- Pointe Saint Charles Art School at 1900 Rue le Ber
- School Art Hélène La Haye at 5570 Rue Cartier #202A
- Zoya Art Studio at 2055 St Mathieu St
Syn Studio is a local art school that focuses on concept art and illustration for the entertainment business. Their 10-week drawing, painting, concept art, and illustration programs, as well as their full time programs, have been helping amateur and professional artists take their game to the next level since 2007.
The École des Beaux-arts de Montréal, EBAMA, which was founded in 1999, is known for its expertise in the field of classical painting and drawing instruction. The École des Beaux-arts is the gold standard in Quebec fine arts education, with its method and several of its programs being emulated by a number of other institutions in the city. It is also a non-profit organization that provides professional visual arts training in the style of the great European art schools.
Classes in classical drawing, painting, and sculpting are available at Academy Fine Arts where you can also take a watercolor class, a landscape painting class, a human figure painting class, or a portrait painting class. Drawing and painting classes for children aged 8 to 12 years old, as well as adolescents aged 13 to 17 are available.
The Pointe St Charles Art School is a community-driven fine art school where students of all ages and backgrounds may learn to express themselves in today’s environment. Hélène La Haye Art School offers painting and drawing classes for groups of children, teens, and adults.
Zoya Art Studio specializes in children’s and adult’s oil painting, watercolor painting, and charcoal drawing classes. Art classes near you are also possible at Fonderie Darling that we linked you to earlier.
Studios For Rent Near You
When you can’t wait to get that next project started rent some space at one of these local art studios:
L’Espace 402 is a one-of-a-kind collaborative workspace in Montreal for freelancers, designers, creators, and artists. Members have access to two big photo studios that are fully prepared for film and picture shoots, in addition to a coworking area with closed offices, kitchen, lounge, and conference area.
Fonderie Darling is a visual arts center sponsored by Quartier Éphémère, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to promote the invention, production, and diffusion of contemporary art. They offer exhibitions, studios, residencies, and educational programs in a variety of media.
Montreal Art Centre also has studio space available.
A frame can transform a regular looking piece or picture to that next level and some of the best places for picture and art framing near you are:
- Cadres Supérieurs at 5129 St Laurent Blvd
- Montreal Images at 3620 St Laurent Blvd
- ConservArt at 6160 Monkland Ave
- Encadrement Olympic at 6831 De l’Epee
- Encadrex at 1830 Marie-Anne St E
In January 1991 Montreal Images opened its first framing shop in your area. Framing, canvas transfers, lamination, posters, and more services are available in addition to printing on paper, metal, canvas, or acrylic using digital technology.
ConservArt has been a Monkland institution since 1986. Olympic Picture Framing has been making or importing frames for paintings, watercolors, lithographs, mirrors, mementos, and keepsakes since 1988.
Encadrex l’Atelier offers museological supervision, canvas or other support marouflage, and work restoration. Anyone that is interested is welcome to read our posts on:
- Museums, Galleries, & Supply Stores in Ottawa & Gatineau
- Museums, Galleries, & Supply Stores in Quebec City
- Museums, Galleries, & Supply Stores in Toronto
- Museums, Galleries, & Supply Stores in Winnipeg
Have Fun Enjoying The Montreal Art Scene
We wish we had more to share about the full art scene near you but for now that is all we’ve got. We listed the best local galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers that you may want to check out.
Those who are still reading this probably love art as much as we do and should use the comments to share their own tips or to let us know if you think we got anything wrong. We hope you enjoy your time at the best Montreal Art Galleries, Museums, Supply Stores or doing whatever it else you plan to do with the info.