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Our History

Montreal Art Center and Museum is located in one of the most historical buildings in Montreal. The history of our patrimonial building dates back to 1880s when it was built by John McDougall for the Caledonian Iron Works company. In 2010, this historical sight became the home of the Montreal Art Center. We have been proud, over the past years, to hold various community events such as performing artists concerts, lectures and movie nights. In early 2022, we officially became a museum. We provide an audio guided tour of the centre’s permanent collection of European master paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries along with our own member artists’ works in our 3 art galleries. There is also an Italian Renaissance,  French Baroque Gallery and Nouvelle France Gallery.

The Impact of the Elevator Fund


Our building was built in 1879, and  unfortunately, with 3 floors to navigate it does not have elevator access. We find it essential to install an elevator facility as it directly impacts our artists’ and visitors’ ability to assess the museum rooms and studio spaces. We therefore ask you to please support us by donating to our elevator fund. 

For any questions, please contact us by email: or by phone: (514) 667-2270

For all to enjoy!

3 floors full of history, art, and no elevator access. Donate now to our Elevator Fund to make the Montreal Art Center and Museum accessible to all artists and visitors! 


Our goal is to raise $170,000 to enable elevator access to our museum rooms as well as the artist studio spaces. This sum includes remodelling and elevator and the installation costs. 

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