The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke was founded in 1982 by a group of art lovers. Over the years it has become the principal institution for preserving and disseminating visual art in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.
In March 1990, the Musée was accredited by Quebec’s Ministry of Culture and Communications.
In 1996, the Musée took up residence in the former head office of the Eastern Townships Bank in downtown Sherbrooke.
In the course of a few decades, the Musée has established its presence in the downtown area through its dynamism, professionalism and openness. Its now-prestigious collection privileges work produced by artists from the region, work inspired by the region and work collected by its residents. In addition to the works in its permanent collection, the Musée has presented major exhibitions devoted to renowned artists such as Paul-Émile Borduas (2018-19), Alfred Pellan (2017), Marc-Aurèle-Fortin (2013), Joe Fafard (2011), Leonard Cohen (2010), Jean-Paul Lemieux (2007) and Jean-Paul Riopelle (2003), along with exhibitions such as Chef-d’oeuvre postimpressionnistes (2002), Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle (2013) and Clémence: De la Factrie au Musée (2018).
The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is pleased to have received official museum certification from Quebec’s Ministry of Culture and Communications in 2019.