Located in the Griffintown district of Montreal, Arsenal Contemporary Art museum is a private foundation dedicated to the support, promotion and development of contemporary art. Placed in a 50,000 square foot industrial space, it has showcased extensive exhibitions of local and international artists. It is the largest private art center in Canada establishing the city as a hub for contemporary art.
I recently visited Arsenal to attend the Papier Art Fair featuring 39 Canadian art galleries and almost 300 artists from Montreal and across the country. Dedicated exclusively to the medium of paper, the fair is one of the largest of its kind in North America. Admission was free! Check out their site to find out what exhibits are on display when you are planning to visit.
With the considerable amount of space available, the exhibitions are able to showcase large pieces and give them the room required to stand out, allowing people to fully enjoy each piece of art. I truly enjoyed my visit to this museum and found it to be quite unique when compared to the more traditional museums. I will definitely return and recommend it, not only to newcomers to the city, but also locals who have a penchant for art.