Museums in Montreal

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Montreal is an eclectic French-Canadian city known for its unique culture. It is a notoriously artsy city, chracterized by its distinctive architecture and rich history. Because of this, intriguing Montreal museums are sprinkled about the city, giving every tourist a chance to dive into the past and discover how Montreal came to be the incredible destination it is today.

An Rich of History

By far, the majority of museums in Montreal are dedicated to history. The Centre d'Histoire de Montreal, or Montreal History Centre, is one of the most important of these museums. It gives the visitor a detailed look at the different eras of history that Montreal went through, and what life was like in the city at each of these important stages.  The Pointe-a-Calliere Museum is an excellent history museum as well. It is set in the famous historic palace, Place Royale. Upon entry to the museum, an interesting multimedia presentation is given on the history of Montreal. Afterward you can check out the various exhibits, including an archaeological dig going back to the origins of the city, located underneath the museum.

A City of Art

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is considered the queen of all Montreal museums. It is filled with ethnographic pieces, strictly Canadian paintings and prints, and a large collection of paintings from the 19th Century. The museum hosts temporary exhibits as well as its permanent collection. Admission to the permanent collection is free. The Canadian Centre for Architecture, in the Shaughnessy Mansion, is also worth a visit. However, admission is $10 per adult.

 

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Cinémathèqe Québécoise .

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Learn about the history and future of cinema, television, and media. Experience screenings and exhibitions which bring together the role of film in society. Tel: 514 842-9763 Fax: 514 842-1816 Address: 355 Boul do Maisonneeuve Est Montréal QC H2X 1K1

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Dolls and Treasures .

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This unique museum showcases dolls crafted from porcelain, bisque, wax, papier-mâché, and fabric by well-known artisans. Also, it features toy dolls produced by major manufacturers and period items. Tel: 514 866-0110 Address: 105 Saint-Paul Street West Montréal QC

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Montréal Planetarium .

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For over 30 years the Montréal Planetarium has introduced people to the wonders of the stars and space. This season's schedule includes seven multimedia productions: Asteroids, Lost in Space, L'Univers du Petit Prince (French only), Tomorrow, the Moon, A Night of Magic, The End of the World, and The Star of the Magi. Tel: 514 872-4530 Directions: at 1000 St-Jacques Street West, between Peel and de la Cathédrale Address: 1000, rue Saint-Jacques Ouest Montréal QC H3C 1G7

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Château Ramezay Museum .

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The Château Ramezay Museum in the 18th century was a governor's residence. Explore the rich collections of the museum and see a unique aspect of Montréal and Québec history: history begining from before contact with aboriginal society was made to 1900. Tel: 514 861-3708 Address: 280 Notre-Dame Street East Montréal QC

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Canadian Centre for Architecture

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CCA, view of south elevation showing scholars' wing
CCA, view of south elevation showing scholars' wing
photo by: Alain Laforest, CCA

The CCA is an international research centre and museum founded on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive collections, the CCA is a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding, and widening thought and debate on the art of architecture, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today. Admission to the museum: Adults $10, seniors (65 and over) $7, students $5, children aged 6 to 12 $3, no charge for Friends, persons with limited mobility, or children aged 5 and under. Thursday evenings, admission to the more..

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tel:(514) 939-7026
openingHours:Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday, 10 am to 9 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday
url:www.cca.qc.ca
address:1920, rue Baile

Musée McCord .

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The history of Montréal speaks to the people at the Musée McCord. The permanent exhibition, entitled Simply Montréal, retells the rich and varied history of this great city. It is based upon a collection of First Nations objects, photographic displays, a variety of sports equipment, antique toys, and historic clothing. Tel: 514 398-7100 Fax: (514) 398-5045 Address: 690 Sherbrooke Street West Montreal QC H3A 1E9 -

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The World of Maurice "Rocket" Richard .

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This permanent exhibit is located inside Maurice-Richard Arena, near the Olympic Park. Visitors can learn about the life of one of Canada's greatest hockey stars. Tel: 514 251-9930 Address: Corner Pierre-De Coubertin and Viau Streets Montréal QC

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Empress of Ireland and Titanic .

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The Empress of Ireland was a ship with a fatal destiny. She went down in the middle of the St. Lawrence, opposite Rimouski. She took with her many lives and treasures. Learn more through our guides, impressive collection of objects, artifacts, and memorabilia. Address: Old Port of Montréal, Jacques-Cartier Pier Montréal QC 514 496-PORT

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Redpath Museum .

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The Redpath Museum is natural history museum with collections of prehistoric, historic, and modern objects. Imagine what ancient life was like while you explore prehistoric animals. Wonder at the mysteries of Eath while you admire the beauty of rocks, crystals, precious stones. Visualize daily life in faraway cultures. Tel: 514 398-4086 Address: 859 Sherbrooke Street West Montréal QC

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Centre d'histoire de Montréal .

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The Centre d'histoire de Montréal explores Montréal's entire history. Visit the original work of a remarkable Montréal photographer: Alan B. Stone who's work focused on "Montréal, the 1950s". Open: January 27 to December 5: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open on Monday, May 3 to September 6. Tel: 514) 872-3207 Address: 335 place d'Youville Montréal QC

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Centre de Design .

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 Fax: 514 987-3600 Address: 1440 rue Sanguinet Case postale 8888, Succursale Centre-ville Montréal QC H3C 3P8

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Cosmodôme Space Science Centre .

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Plunge into the most exciting space adventure of your life and live the Cosmodôme experience. This first Canadian complex entirely dedicated to the conquest of space offers space experiences ranging from half-day to a whole week. Tel: 450 978-3600 Address: 2150 autoroute des Laurentides Laval QC H7T 2T8

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Musée des Soeurs Grises .

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This nineteenth century museum is housed in a historical stone building. The collection of items the Musée des Soeurs Grises boasts include 17th century furniture, secular and religous art, and religious vestments. Many articles pertain to Sainte Marguerite d'Youville. Tel: 514 937-9501 Address: 1185 Saint-Mathieu Street Montréal QC

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Pointe-à-Callière .

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Pointe-à-Callière is the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History. This is not just an exciting museum to explore but it also has an authentic archaeological site. There are displays and multimedia shows to show you the 1000 years of history this site is based upon. Museum Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (6 p.m. in July and August). Closed Mondays. Tel: 514 872-9150 Address: 350 Place Royale (corner of De la Commune St.) Montréal QC

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Musée Juste pour Rire

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The Musée Juste pour Rire (The Just For Laughs Museum) was founded in 1993. Visitors to the museum are encouraged to participate and interact with guides, other visitors, and multimedia exhibits. The Museum features both local and international aspects to humor. Tel: 514 845-4000 Address: 2111 Saint-Laurent Blvd. Montréal QC

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Museum of the Hospitalières de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal .

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The Museum of the Hospitalières reveales telling history Montréal's origins. This was at the same time that the Hospitallers of St. Joseph took a mission to care sick. At the moment a temporary exhibit is also showing: "La médecine et le temps" (Medical History in our times). Tel: 514 849-2919 Address: 201 des Pins Avenue West Montréal QC

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DHC/ART

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A privately endowed foundation, DHC/ART is a permanent location for exciting and relevant temporary visual arts exhibitions and projects. Free.

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accessibility:metro Square-Victoria
tel:514 286-6626
openingHours:Wed-Fri 12PM-7PM; Weekends 11AM-6PM
url:www.dhc-art.org
address:451 St-Jean Street

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