The Art Association of Montreal was founded in 1860. The fledgling initiative evolved into the spectacular Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Canada’s largest art museum is housed in five pavilions with a total display space of 140,000 square feet. The massive collection of 43,000 works includes paintings, sculptures and graphic arts ranging from before the Middle Ages to today. This is the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion, built in 1991. Inside is predominately international contemporary art plus visiting exhibitions. Come see why over one million people visit MMFA each year.