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Montreal Families

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts offers free admission during holidays

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) has a special gift for visitors. From December 24 to 31, 2022, admission to its collections and exhibitions — with the exception of the major exhibition Seeing Loud: Basquiat and Music — is free for everyone. So slow down and spend a day touring the five current exhibitions. For those who want to immerse themselves in art, workshops are also offered during the holidays.

Art orkshops

The MMFA has so much to offer children and their families. Touch, learn, create, and meet new friends during interactive programs for kids of all ages. Toddlers to teens can express their creativity in the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy studios (1380 Sherbrooke St. W.). These free activities have limited places and are first-come-first-served.

Family Workshop: Expressive Improvisations
During this workshop, young kids 2 to 5 (accompanied by an adult) can get creative with finger paints to create a monoprint inspired by various musical settings.
December 24, 2022 to January 8, 2023, from 11:15 a.m. to noon.  Details here.

Family Workshop: Basquiat-inspired Tombola Art
With inspiration from the world of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, children accompanied by a adult can make their own symbolic painting.
December 24, 2022 to January 8, 2023, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Details here.

WKSHOP 15-20: Creative Workshop for Teens
This workshop is for teens who would like to relax and meet new artistic friends while expressing their creativity in a safe and stimulating setting.
Every Saturday and Sunday, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Details here.


Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956–1971
View the black and white photographs of legendary American photographer Diane Arbus in this exhibition that presents some 90 gelatin silver prints showcasing her revolutionary portraiture.

Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me
In the multi-sensory installation, Canadian visual artist and performer Shary Boyle explores the creative nature of identity and personality in an age in which social media has become a stage for self-presentation. Featuring drawings, ceramic sculpture, two-way mirrors, and coin-operated sculpture —set to an interactive score.

ᑐᓴᕐᓂᑐᑦ TUSARNITUT! Music Born of the Cold
Journey into the Inuit collective imagination through a panorama of traditional and contemporary works from the 1950s to the present that show the diversity of musical expression in the visual and performing arts of the circumpolar North.

Revelations: Prints by Albert Dumouchel in the Collection of the MMFA
This new exhibition of 35 prints provides an opportunity to gain an appreciation of the scope and originality of the graphic work of Albert Dumouchel (1916–1971), considered to be the father of modern printmaking in Quebec.

Views of Within: Picturing the Spaces We Inhabit
Interior spaces take on different meanings depending on who occupies them. This exhibition shines a spotlight on these multiple viewpoints through the eyes of about 20 Quebec and Canadian artists whose work is represented in the museum’s collection.

ᑐᓴᕐᓂᑐᑦ TUSARNITUT! Music Born of the Cold: Johnny Pootoogook (born in 1970), The Trio: The Happy Dance, 2013. MMFA, purchase, Dr. Sean B. Murphy. © Reproduced with the permission of Dorset Fine Arts. Photo MMFA, Jean-François Brière

Note that the museum is closed on December 25 and January 1.

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