12 art galleries in Montreal that every local must visit at least once in their life

There’s something so peaceful about spending a day strolling through an art gallery – you can’t help but come away inspired and rejuvenated, and fortunately Montreal is home to countless hidden gems of art that are worth really a detour.

In hopes of drawing attention to the city’s lesser-known galleries, we’ve compiled a list of Montreal art galleries that aren’t your picks of must-visit museums in Montreal. With so many art galleries across the 514 that you may have never heard of, now is the perfect time to broaden your horizons on the Montreal art scene.

Gallery 203

Address: 227, rue Notre-Dame O., Montreal, QC

Why you should visit: This colorful art gallery is a true hidden gem in Montreal. There are always different exhibitions, styles and artistic mediums housed at the gallery, including paintings, photographs, sculptures and screen prints.

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ISP Center

Address: 315 Saint-Paul Street West, Montreal, QC

Why you should visit: At the PHI Center, you can see all the different art forms in the same space, including screenings, concerts, art exhibits, and more. A trip to PHI is an experience in its own right.

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The poster artist

Address: 461 Saint François Xavier Street, Montreal, QC

Why you should visit: Known citywide for being one of the city’s few vintage poster galleries, this is the perfect place to pick up new art for your walls. “Classic collectibles, new pieces by emerging artists big and small…we’ve got it all,” the gallery’s website promises.

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The Guild

Address: 1356 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC

Why you should visit: This stunning gallery has been around since 1906 and is “dedicated to the preservation, promotion and education of Inuit and First Nations arts and crafts in Canada”, making it a must for Canadians and tourists.

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Bradley Ertaskiran

Address: 3550 Saint-Antoine Street West, Montreal, QC

Why you should visit: Bradley Ertaskiran is a great place for contemporary art lovers, as it always showcases works by unique artists, including their most recent installation by Erin Shirref, titled ‘Midday Dilemma’.

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The Original Vernissage

Address: 4455 Saint-Denis Street, Montreal, QC

Why you should visit: Whether you’re an art lover or not, the concept behind L’Original Vernissage is sure to intrigue you. At its second location on rue Saint-Denis, you can discover works by local street artists and muralists, and if you’re a big fan, you can get a one-of-a-kind personalized garment made by the artist from your choice! You can even send photos or sketches of what you’d like and your chosen artist will create your custom piece for you.

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FOFA Gallery

Address: 1515 Sainte-Catherine Street W. EV 1-715, Montreal, QC

Why you should visit: At FOFA, you have the chance to see works by students from Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts on display. The gallery will take a break from June 23 to July 4, but will resume its activities on July 5!

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Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal

Address: 2020 William Street, Montreal, QC

Why you should visit: You can spend hours in this massive space browsing through the various exhibits. In addition, this art center often houses unique immersive experiences such as the Frida Kahlo: an immersive biographythe exhibition and the Imagine Van Goghexhibition, so there is always something new and exciting to discover.

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white art gallery

Address: 218 Saint-Paul Street West, Montreal, QC

Why you should visit: Canadian visual art is the foundation of Galerie d’art Blanche. In this gallery, you can admire unique works by artists from across the country. And it’s only steps away from the Notre-Dame Basilica, in case you’re in the mood to explore more Montreal.

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Station 16 Editions

Address: 500, rue Sauvé O suite 100, Montreal, QC

Why you should visit: Station 16 aims to challenge the “traditional white cube gallery space” of the Montreal art scene, so while you’re there you can check out a variety of limited-edition art-inspired pieces from the street.

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PETER Gallery with HART

Address: Bonsecours Market; 367 Saint-Paul Street E., Montreal, QC

Why you should visit: If you’ve never seen contemporary art by Peter W. Hart in person, then now is the perfect time to take in the vibrant vibe this art space offers. This colorful gallery is located at Bonsecours Market, so it’s a great place to visit on your next stroll through Old Montreal.

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Gora Gallery

Address: 279 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 205, Montreal, QC.

Why you should visit: Gallery Gora is a contemporary art gallery specializing in design, painting and photography. However, the gallery also hosts corporate, cultural and wedding events, making it a versatile space. Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, you can admire the current exhibitions of So Youn Kim and Laurie Raskin hosted at the gallery.

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