Occupying the west side of the Place des Arts plaza, the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (macm.org) is Canada’s first museum devoted entirely to contemporary art. The museum showcases Québécois artists, such as Paul-Émile Borduas, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Fernand Leduc, Guido Molinari and Claude Tousignant, and also works by other Canadian and international artists. The daring temporary exhibits are consistently excellent, and have covered everything from digital installations to Canadian Abstract Expressionist art. The sculpture garden holds a Henry Moore sculpture amid the greenery. On the first Friday night of the month (except Jan and Aug) the museum features “Nocturnes”, with live music, cocktails and tours of exhibits (regular admission).