About the Museum
The Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec houses an abundant collection of more than 38,000 works of art, offering a vast survey of the history of Québec art from the seventeenth century to today. Located in Québec City, the MNBAQ has four pavilions: the Pierre Lassonde pavilion, devoted to contemporary art; the Charles Baillairgé pavilion, devoted to modern art; the Gérard Morisset pavilion, a temple of historical art; and the central pavilion, home to the Family Gallery. Of note is the Charles Baillairgé pavilion – which served as the Québec City jail for nearly a century, and includes some preserved jail cells for visitors to view. The galleries devoted to the figures of modern Québec art display masterpieces by Jean Paul Lemieux, Alfred Pellan, Fernand Leduc and Jean-Paul Riopelle.