MMFA family weekends:
Fun in the sun

Creative activities for families in the heart of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Sculpture Garden

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) invites kids aged six and older and their families to come and make art in its Sculpture Garden, one of the largest collections of public art in Montreal. On Saturdays and Sundays, participants will be able to find inspiration in original works to create a miniature sculpture using modelling clay, outdoors under the guidance of a museum mediator.

The Museum’s Sculpture Garden brings together works by leading Canadian and international artists, from Joe Fafard to Auguste Rodin. Our mediators are pleased to offer this outdoor activity during the summer months, as a special opportunity for artistic discoveries and making art with the family.

– Mélanie Deveault, MMFA Director of Education and Wellness

Comprising the CGI Sculpture Garden and the Max and Iris Stern Garden, the MMFA’s Sculpture Garden features thirty works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, David Altmejd, Valérie Blass, Alexander Calder, César, Lynn Chadwick, Aaron Curry, Jim Dine, Kosso Eloul, Sorel Etrog, Joe Fafard, Barry Flanagan, Elisabeth Frink, Antony Gormley, Charles Joseph, Henry Moore, David Nash, Mimmo Paladino, Jaume Plensa, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Auguste Rodin, Armand Vaillancourt and Colleen Wolstenholme. It extends north of Sherbrooke Street on the pedestrian portion of Du Musée Avenue and south on Bishop Street.

Joe Fafard (1942-2019), Claudia -

Joe Fafard (1942-2019), Claudia, 2003 – Image: MBAM, Denis Farley

MMFA Family Weekends

August 15, 16, 29 and 30
September 12, 13, 26 and 27
Time: 10.30 am and 12.30 pm
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $4 per family *

Online reservations:

* A reservation is required to participate in this family workshop. Only one ticket will be issued per family, giving access to a maximum of four people from the same household (parents and children must be counted).

Masks must be worn.

MMFA Sculpture Garden -

The MMFA Sculpture Garden. Sailboats, 2020, installation by Collectif Escargo – Image: MMFA, Denis Farley

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About the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Drawing over 1 million visitors annually, the MMFA is one of the most visited museums in Canada and North America. It’s highly original temporary exhibitions combine various artistic disciplines – fine arts, music, film, fashion and design – and are exported to the four corners of the world. Its rich encyclopedic collection, displayed in its five pavilions, includes international art, arts of One World, decorative arts and design, and Quebec and Canadian art. The Museum has seen exceptional growth in recent years with the addition of two new pavilions and one new wing: the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion in 2011, the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace in 2016, and the Stephan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing for the Arts of One World in 2019.

The MMFA complex also includes Bourgie Hall, a 460-seat concert hall, as well as an auditorium and a movie theatre. The MMFA is one of Canada’s leading publishers of art books in French and English, which are distributed internationally. The Museum also houses the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy, the largest educational complex in a North American art museum, enabling the MMFA to offer innovative educational, wellness and art therapy programmes.

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