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Recently, my beautiful hubby and I took a baecation to Montreal. We decided to go for the 3 days following New...

Recently, my beautiful hubby and I took a baecation to Montreal. We decided to go for the 3 days following New Year's as one last mini-vacay before school and work started again marking the end of the holidays. We got there pretty late on the first because we were both hungover but it didn't really matter since everything was closed anyway. The second day we spent it being tourists and this is when we

decided to visit the Museum of Fine Arts. We initially wanted to go to the Biodome but after he convinced me it wasn't all that, we agreed to the museum. On the third day, I introduced him to Salvadoran cuisine and we came back home.

 

When we got to the museum, we were expecting to pay about 20$ for the entrance fee and then maybe a little bit extra for an exposition. However, upon arriving, we realized that it was really packed for a museum, especially on a Tuesday at 1pm, which led to our confusion. After asking a guide, we learned that it was actually free then and that this would be going on until the second week of January (explains why it was so busy). With that said, we figured since we were saving the entrance fee, we may as well buy tickets to the exposition that was going on at the time: Once Upon A Time... The Western. Once we got our tickets, we checked in our coats and bags for free and proceeded on our tour.

 

Instead of going straight to the exposition, however, we simply visited all the different floors on the main building of the museum. We were surprised to find out that the museum was actually composed of 4 or 5 buildings that were connected by underground tunnels. Considering the museum closed at 5 and we got there pretty late, we actually didn't have much time to visit

the other buildings. That said, the building that we did visit, at Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion, featured some of my favorite types of paintings; portraits from early Europe. I'm definitely quite a history freak and European history is my favorite so it was interesting to see just how intermittent all signs of the Catholic Church were in the paintings. My boyfriend, on the other hand, prefers abstract art which I'm actually not a fan of. Fortunately, the museum had all kinds of different pieces which catered to both our tastes making it quite enjoyable.

 

The Western exhibition was honestly quite simple although my boyfriend claims it was his favorite part of the museum. As described by the salesperson, the exhibition examined the myths and stereotypes associated with the genre of the Western film from the nineteenth century to today by looking at film, books, music, and more. There was definitely a lot of Native discussion intertwined but I think that's what made it a bit more interesting and less simple.

 

I'm slightly disappointed we couldn't continue to see the rest of the museum by visiting the other buildings but I did enjoy what we got to see. I'd recommend this place for couples or solo travelers because it'll probably get boring for kids and it's not really a place I'd personally go with my friends. That said, admission is cheaper for people under the age of 30 and I'm not sure if this is to attract more youth or if it's because Montreal knows we're all just a bunch of broke students.