How to Spend a Perfect Day at MNBAQ

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Published on January 17, 2020
Staircase inside the Fine Art Museum in Québec City (MNBAQ)
Jeff Frenette Photography

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As a world‑class cultural destination, Québec City provides a stimulating environment for the many artists who call it home. In turn, they keep the city hopping with a jam‑packed arts schedule. MNBAQ (Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec) in particular is a must‑see for anyone who likes art. Next time you’re in Québec City, be sure to put this renowned fine arts museum on your list. Of course, we recommend prolonging your stay so you can spend the whole day. Here are 6 reasons why.

  • 1

    Get the Scoop on a Major Artist

    An exhibition dedicated to Alberto Giacometti, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, will have its North American première in Québec City starting February 8, 2018. The artist’s unique sculptures and spindly subjects will be front and centre, with paintings and original plaster sculptures never before seen by the public for a total of some 150 works. It’s a major retrospective that spans five decades, from his early years in Paris in the 1920s to his international triumph in the 1960s.

  • 2

    Get Off to a Fun Start

    Have fun with art—and learn something too!—when you visit MNBAQ’s family‑friendly, immersive exhibition featuring sculptural installations by José Luis Torres. In three words, they are: colourful, interactive, and fun. You’ll find them in the Family Gallery in an exhibition entitled D’entrée de jeu, which is designed to let your kids look, create, and participate. A unique setting with multiple zones that stimulate kids and foster a love of art.

  • 3

    Be Inspired

    Round out your visit by exploring some of the other remarkable MNBAQ exhibitions. Dive into the world of Québec contemporary art with From Ferron to BGL, see treasures with Decorative Arts and Design in Québec, marvel at the wealth and variety of Inuit Art, and see works by Québec masters Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jean Paul Lemieux, Alfred Pellan, and Fernand Leduc.

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  • 4

    Admire the Architecture

    The Pierre Lassonde Pavilion is an architectural gem and a great place to take some arty pics. Made of glass and steel and bathed in natural light, it has plenty to inspire the artist in you. Get creative and share your best shots on Instagram #mnbaq.

    Nouveau pavillon MNBAQ

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  • 5

    Shop Local

    The MNBAQ’s bookstore/boutique has a fantastic collection of books and catalogues as well as exclusive products by local designers and others inspired by the museum’s exhibitions and collections. It’s the perfect place to pick up a stylish souvenir!

    Boutique MNBAQ

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  • 6

    Treat Yourself

    You won’t want to leave without having a glass of wine and a bite at Tempéra Québecor, the MNBAQ’s upscale bistro. It’s warm, welcoming, and boasts a magnificent view of the Plains of Abraham and Grande Allée. Chef Marie‑Chantal Lepage’s menu focuses on shared platters, so everyone can enjoy a multitude of flavours.

    Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
    179 Grande Allée Ouest, Québec, QC  G1R 2H1

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