The functions of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec are to make known, promote and preserve Québec art of all periods, from ancient art to contemporary art, and to ensure a place for international art through acquisitions, exhibitions and other cultural activities.
The website of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, your virtual gateway to the only museum entirely devoted to Québec art for 80 years and counting. Friendly, interactive, visual, dynamic: these are some of the qualities of this website, which has been designed to reflect the new MNBAQ complex, whose fourth pavilion is presently under construction.
Located in Québec City, a world heritage site, the Musée’s four pavilions are situated in the heart of the magnificent National Battlefields Park: the Gérad Morisset pavilion (the original museum, 1933), the central pavilion (built in 1991), the Charles Baillairgé pavilion (a prison dating from 1867) and the new Pierre Lassonde pavilion, giving the Musée a street-front presence on one of the city’s main arteries, the Grande Allée. Designed by Rem Koolhaas’ firm OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) in association with Provencher_Roy, this building enabled the Musée to nearly double its floor space and to display its contemporary art, design and Inuit art collections. The new pavilion also provides immense new temporary exhibition space, a café and a 250-seat auditorium.
The Musée offers many exhibitions, activities and services for every kind of visitor. Come out to one of our public talks, take part in a workshop with an arts instructor, sign up for a school group visit, wander through our exhibitions with the help of an audioguide or in the company of a guide, meet up with your friends in our restaurant and discover exclusive products in our boutique. You can also follow us on social media, where you will see how lively things are at this great institution which supports Québec artists and artistic creation.