Tourist Attraction in Montreal: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal
The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal with its foundation in 1860 makes it the oldest institution in the country. In 1972, the museum was the largest case of art theft in the history of Canada, when armed robbers took jewels, statuettes and paintings for a $ 2 million loot of the time, including works by Delacroix, Thomas Gainsborough and a rare Rembrandt landscape, valued alone in 2003 for $ 20 million. The works were never recovered. The museum is divided into three pavilions: the 1925 Beaux-Arts style, designed by William Sutherland Maxwell and his brother Edward, known as Pavilion Michal and Renata Hornstein; the modernist style of 1991, designed by Moshe Safdie, known as Pavilion Jean-Noël Desmarais, on the other side of the road; and the Pavilion Liliane and David M. Stewart under construction since 2007, located in Rue Sherbrooke Ouest and opened in 2010. The first exhibits works centered on Quebec's history, while the latter is specialized in world art and the third will be devoted in Canadian art.