National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec

Musee national des beaux-arts de québec


To make a little history, the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec was founded in 1933 which was called at the time the museum of the province of Quebec. It should be noted that the institution was the first museum institution founded by the Government of Quebec.

Today, the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec has three pavilions: Gérard Morisset, Charles Baillargé flag and finally the Grand Hall. Neoclassical pavilion Gérard Morisset was inaugurated in 1933 during the official opening of the museum. It’s on the Plains of Abraham that houses the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec. It has three pavilions quite different in style.Pavilion Gérard-Morisset, neoclassical building houses among others the permanent exhibition of one of Quebec’s most famous artists: Jean-Paul Riopelle. Although it contains its share of exposure, Pavillon Charles-Baillargé is a discovery in itself. This is the building that housed the prison Quebec in the last century and dungeons have been preserved to witness life in prison at the time. You will be welcomed at the Grand Hall, the pavilion connecting the two preceding or held many activities.


Among the permanent exhibits include a permanent collection of about 33,000 works mainly produced in Quebec, involving 3700 artists whose works show some as far back as the eighteenth century. You will find works by Paul Émile Borduas and Jean-Paul Riopelle, therefore entire rooms are dedicated to the work of Riopelle and Daudelin.


In addition, the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec is currently undergoing expansion, erecting the new Pierre-Lassonde Pavilion, accessible by the Grande-Allée. This major project will open its doors in the fall of 2015 and propose new national and international exhibitions, in addition to implementing educational programs for youth and involve artists in the community every day. The new Pierre-Lassonde Pavilion promises a unique wonder in an exemplary in terms of sustainable building.


Each year, the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec temporary exhibitions often large sizes. It also has within its walls a library and a restaurant and also offers an online store.