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Guidelines

We look forward to welcoming you to the MNBAQ!


In keeping with the recommendations of the Direction de la santé publique, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec has implemented the following measures to ensure the safety and well-being of visitors and employees. Please consult this guide to better prepare your visit and take full advantage of your experience.

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Time-stamped tickets

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  • Time-and-date-stamped tickets are currently required for all visitors, as the capacity of reception per time slot is limited. To visit the Museum at the desired time, the purchase of a ticket prior to your visit is strongly recommended.
  • Members of the MNBAQ are also invited to reserve their time-and-date-stamped tickets. The reservation is free of charge since their subscriptions include illimited visits.

Reserve your time-and-date-stamped ticket now online or by telephone at 418 643-2150 (toll free within Canada: 1 866 220-2150). Tickets can also be reserved on site at the ticket office in the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion, depending on availability.


Healt measures


  • Handwashing is recommended at the entrance to the MNBAQ. Hand disinfection stations are available on site.
  • Masks are no longer mandatory but are recommended.
  • Public spaces are still being cleaned more frequently.

These measures will be adjusted depending on how the situation unfolds.

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Getting to the Musée

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  • The Pierre Lassonde Pavilion, situated at 179, Grande Allée Ouest, is the main entrance and give direct access to the ticket office.
  • The Central Pavilion entrance is now reopened to the public. However, to begin your visit, you must go to the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion ticket office to obtain your bracelet, which is required to enter the rooms.
  • Visitors are asked to go to the entrance to the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion a few minutes before the time indicated on their ticket.
  • Paid parking at the MNBAQ is situated behind the Charles Baillairgé Pavilion (the former prison). Allow several minutes to walk to the entrance to the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion.
  • Parking spaces are available for persons holding a disabled parking sticker issued by the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec, at the back of the Charles-Baillargé Pavillon parking lot, accessible from Wolfe Montcalm Avenue, and in the parking lot of Saint-Dominique Church, accessible from Grande Allée.
  • Four parking spaces are reserved for families in front of the Charles Baillairgé Pavilion, accessible via Avenue Wolfe-Montcalm.
  • To visit the MNBAQ with a service dog, see the Getting to the Musée section for details.
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Services offered

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  • A free cloakroom, located at the entrance to the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion, is available to visitors. You can check coats, umbrellas, backpacks, small pieces of luggage, etc.
  • The Café Québecor par Laurent Godbout is located in the main glass lobby of the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion. A well-known name in Quebec gastronomy, chef Laurent Godbout proposes a menu that changes according to the seasons and new arrivals. We recommand to book a table prior to your visit. If you want to eat on the go, the Vitalité take-out counter offers a wide selection of fresh, high-quality products. Dining areas are provided on levels 0 and 2 in the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion and in the courtyard.
  • The MNBAQ Librairie-Boutique, situated in the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion, is accessible during the MNBAQ’s operating hours. It proposes a vast selection of craft and local products, art books, and unique objects.
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Code of responsibilities

The MNBAQ offers a welcoming, inclusive living and socialization space that invites visitors to discover Québec and international art. Everyone is welcome and visitors undertake to abide by this code of responsibilities to ensure a pleasant visit for one and all. The MNBAQ reserves the right to prohibit access to anyone who fails to comply with this code of responsibilities.


At all times


  • To avoid accidents, please leave umbrellas, backpacks, and big handbags in the cloakroom. The MNBAQ reserves the right to examine bags and deny access to individuals with prohibited objects in their possession.
  • To maintain a pleasant environment, use the appropriate language and behaviour. Coarse, aggressive language, harassment, and offensive or discriminatory behaviour will not be tolerated.
  • Please dress suitably and ensure that your body hygiene does not bother other people.
  • Children 12 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult.
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In the exhibition rooms


  • We encourage discussions around artworks. Please speak quietly in a spirit of respect for the other visitors.
  • To avoid accidents involving yourself or the artworks, walk in the MNBAQ.
  • The artworks that you have the pleasure of contemplating are fragile. Since we wish to preserve them for future generations, touching them or leaning on furnishings or the exhibition room walls are prohibited.
  • Remain roughly 1 metre from the artworks to ensure the security of the objects exhibited and allow other visitors to contemplate the works.
  • Light can cause the deterioration of a number of artworks and flash photography is not permitted. It is possible to take photographs for personal use in public areas and certain exhibition rooms.
  • Please observe the information to this effect in the entrances to the exhibition rooms. In the case of exhibitions in which the artworks have been loaned to the MNBAQ, it may be prohibited to photograph certain works.
  • Drinking or eating are prohibited in indoor public spaces and the exhibition rooms in the museum complex.
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IN THE EXHIBITION ROOMS, THE AUDITORIUM, AND THE MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM


  • Out of consideration for other visitors, turn off electronic device ringers and avoid telephone conversations.
  • Drinking or eating are prohibited in indoor public spaces and the exhibition rooms in the museum complex.
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Thank you for observing these guidelines. We wish you a pleasant visit to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec!