Grand opening of the MNBAQ on June 24


This sinuous staircase winds its way up from ground level to the third floor. The names of major donors to the museum’s fundraising campaign are engraved on the riser of each step. 

Members of the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) had the privilege of a sneak preview of its new wing, the Pavillon Pierre-Lassonde on Grande Allée last weekend. 

This writer lives across the street from the site and, over the past five years, has had a bird’s eye view of the demolition of the former convent of Église St. Dominique, the excavation of the large hole where the foundations of the pavilion were built, and the construction of the imposing edifice. After years of dust and noise, it was a thrill to finally walk through the front doors of the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion and experience the magnificent finished product. 

The official grand opening of the new pavilion will take place on June 24, and the entire MNBAQ will be open from Friday to Sunday free of charge. Part of Grande Allée, between Avenue des Érables and Avenue Cartier, will be closed to traffic on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for La folle foire! Avenue Cartier and Grande Allée will be taken by storm by artists, artisans and businesses of the Quartier des Arts. The public are invited to participate in this artistic, musical and theatrical experience directed by Alexandre Fecteau. 

For more information about the opening of the new Pierre Lassonde Pavilion and the reopening of the MNBAQ, visit