City Hall


Montréal City Hall has a more turbulent history than its peaceful façade suggests. The building went up between 1872 and 1878, and survived a severe fire in 1922. And it was from this balcony that French President General de Gaulle uttered his famous “Vive le Québec libre!” (Long live free Québec) during a state visit in 1967. At dusk, when it is lit up, it is absolutely spectacular. Behind the City Hall, lies the Champ-de-Mars. Two lines of stone runs across the surface. This is one of the few spots in present-day Montréal where you can still see physical evidence of the fortified town of yesteryear.


Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat, noon to 4 p.m.
Closed: Good Friday, Easter, Easter Monday, Victoria Day, June 24, July 1, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Dec 24, 25, 26 and Jan 1.


Please note that access to the current exhibition may be restricted from time to time due to a formal event, without notice.


  • Free admission
City Hall
275 Notre-Dame Street East
Montréal, QC H2Y 1C6
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