Conserving Art for All to Share
True to its vocation of acquiring and promoting the work of Canadian and international artists past and present, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA)has a mission to attract the broadest and most heterogeneous public possible, and to provide that public with firsthand access to a universal artistic heritage.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has one of the highest attendance rates among Canadian museums. Every year, over 1 million people visit its unique encyclopedic and its original temporary exhibitions, which combine artistic disciplines (fine arts, music, film, fashion, design) and feature innovative exhibition designs. It conceives, produces and circulates many of its exhibitions across Europe and North America.
Education has been an integral part of the Museum’s mission since its foundation 150 years ago. In fact, throughout its existence, the Museum has offered courses, workshops and other activities to introduce its public to art, to facilitate a better understanding of the various artistic movements, and even to teach painting and sculpture.
In 1961, the Education and Community Programmes Department was officially established at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, so that the activities offered could be of the highest professional calibre. Today, this department is one of the oldest, largest and, above all, most dynamic organizations of its kind in Canada.
Each year, almost 100,000 visitors come to the Museum to enjoy the activities offered by the department.