Montréal sights to see from home

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

This article was updated on May 12, 2020.

Whether you've never stepped foot in these famed Montréal destinations or want to revisit some of your favourite places, these virtual tours are worth checking out, including Art Public Montréal tours, 360° views of the city and online exhibitions and activities at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and other museums. 

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Destinations in 360°

Add a little summer to your day with the MURAL Festival's 360° views of Montréal's murals in summertime or photos of the Montréal Botanical Garden's grounds. Explore all kinds of Montréal sites in 360°, including the Quartier des spectacles downtown, Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, Notre-Dame Basilica in winter, the view from the Observatoire Place Ville Marie and more. If you have a VR headset at hand, download Hoppin' to visit different Montréal attractions in virtual reality.

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Virtual city sights

You can still see Montréal's colourful murals, pubic art and other amazing street art without going out on the streets – take virtual tours with Art public Montréal, including a mural tour in the Plateau neighbourhood, art in the Underground City and a look at Mount Royal Park's art. Learn more about Montréal from the perspective of Montréal designers, artists and musicians, including Ethan Song of clothing brand Frank & Oak, band Milk & Bone, Nate Husser of rap trio The Posterz, and filmmaker Caroline Monnet.

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Art tours

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts features new art-oriented ideas for all ages every day, including an audio guide to Egyptian Mummies and access to the museum's interactive ÉducArt, where you can choose among a number of compelling themes to explore artwork through the ages. The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal gives us an online look at 300 works in its collection. Montréal university UQAM spotlights art through the years in 150 Years | 150 Works: Canadian Art as Historical Act. UQAM's The Painting Project looks at the state of that artform in Canada. And Gallea highlights local artists in Québec's largest online art gallery. The Contemporary Native Art Biennial is still on, but is moving its programming online. It's being held from April 23 to June 21 on the subject of "Honouring kinship".

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Montréal history

Explore local historic sites on Montréal, what a Story! ... along the river, leading you along the St. Lawrence River. Take a virtual tour of Pointe-à-Callière and explore exhibitions such as Where Montréal Began, the Memory Collector, 1701 - The Great Peace of Montréal and Building Montréal. The Centre d'histoire de Montréal, Archives de Montréal and Montréal Holocaust Museum also feature virtual exhibitions that can be accessed from anywhere.

Things to do from home in Montréal

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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