© McCord Stewart Museum
McCord Stewart Museum
690 Sherbrooke Street West | Website
Centrally located in downtown Montréal, this museum is a celebration of the city’s history, people, and communities. Immersive and consistently intriguing, their exhibitions feature Indigenous cultures, fashion, textiles, photography and archives.
© David Zwirner
315 Saint-Paul Street West | Website
With future-forward programming, this cultural centre in Old Montréal is on the leading edge of the experiential in the city. With a wealth of contemporary artists’ exhibitions and impactful digital experiences including VR and installations to blow your mind in a myriad of ways, few places can hold a candle to its attractions.
© Maison Saint-Gabriel
2146 Place Dublin | Website
Located in a former farm house dating back to when Marguerite Bourgeoys purchased it in 1668, this museum and historic site is an architectural storyteller for Québecois culture in Montréal. It’s as educational as it is historical, with everything you’ll ever need to know about the province’s rich rural heritage, and to understand how people here once lived.
© Écomusée du fier monde
Écomusée du fier monde
2050 Atateken Street | Website
A history museum created for and operating on the basis of grassroots involvement, exhibits here tell the stories of the working class’ lives throughout industrialization and beyond, from post-war to how Montrealers’ identities grew into the later half of the 20th century. Founded in 1980, it’s an accomplished example of a cultural institution that looks on its city with a socio-cultural lens.
© Montreal Holocaust Museum, photographer: Vadim Daniel
Montreal Holocaust Museum
5151 De la Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road | Website
As Montréal’s most accomplished institution for Holocaust education and communicating the universal perils of antisemitism, racism, hate and indifference, every visit here is a humbling, provocative and inspiring experience. Survivor testimonies, preserved and collected oral and written histories, and more are all available here as it continues to innovate with its collections.
© Musée des Hospitalières de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal
Musée des hospitalières de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal
201 Des Pins Avenue West | Website
Composed of a monastery, a hospital, a garden, a crypt and three chapels, the exhibitions at this museum explore subjects such as hospital heritage, explorations of the city’s centerpiece of Mount Royal, healthcare throughout history, and more. Coming here is educational in and of itself, as its organizational roots date back as early as 1642.
© Eva Blue
280 Notre-Dame Street East | Website
Situated inside a historical monument in Old Montréal, this museum has been operating since 1895, having been a history museum, national portrait gallery and library open to the public in the following year. Today, their educational and cultural activities are aimed at introducing people Québecois culture, heritage, and daily life over the centuries—plus a unique example of urban garden one would find in New France.
© Frédérique Ménard Aubin
Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex
350 Place Royale | Website
A museum with a primary focus on the first Montrealers who founded the city in 1642, it has grown into a substantial cultural complex over the years that’s equal parts local and world history. Explore its archaeological crypt, learn about what makes Montréal so unique in terms of culture, architecture and art, and enjoy any one of the temporary exhibitions it hosts every year.
© Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Photo by Bernard Fougères and Jean-François Lejeune
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1380 Sherbrooke Street West | Website
Founded in 1860, this preeminent art museum is the oldest in the country and has led the pack in cultural offerings with its mix of Québec and Canadian heritage alongside international artists from every time in history and corner of the globe. Today, it hosts thousands of works of art and has grown to include up to five different pavilions—each with their own atmosphere.
360 Saint-Francois-Xavier Street | Website
A leading organization for tours of Montréal and its surroundings, Guidatour has been operating since 1985 and has grown to include more than 100 certified guides offering services in more than 15 languages. From local tours on foot and spooky ghost experiences to bus tours and scavenger hunts, the options to experience the city with the organization are as widely varied as the subject matter they cover.
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