To preserve, promote and showcase the extraordinary wealth of the visual arts created in the province of Quebec and the Eastern Townships.
The mandate of the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is to collect, preserve, exhibit and highlight the variety and vibrancy of the visual arts – past and present – focusing on Quebec (in general) and the Eastern Townships (in particular).
The Museum’s extensive collection includes more than 5,500 works by some 950 artists representing various disciplines – the core of its permanent exhibition. The Museum also organizes a number of innovative, bold and varied art shows, often featuring retrospectives of iconic Quebec artists such as Paul-Émile Borduas, Leonard Cohen, Jean-Paul Lemieux, Clémence DesRochers or Jean-Paul Riopelle.
Its program of cultural mediation and educational activities, adapted to various communities, allows the general public to learn more about art and deepen their understanding of the art world and the creative process.
The Museum aims to stir the emotions, by showing people how art can make them feel at a deeper, more profound level, illustrating how art is a manifestation of the best aspects of human nature, embracing diversity, equality and inclusion.
The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke was founded in 1982. Housed in a magnificent heritage building (the former Eastern Townships Bank), it is situated in the Museum Quarter of downtown Sherbrooke.
The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke acknowledges that it is located on the unceded ancestral territory of the Waban-Aki Nation, the Ndakina, and it is grateful to share this land in order to promote art.
To be a landmark artistic, cultural and tourist destination that attracts local, regional, national and international visitors.