Montreal History Center (Centre d'Histoire de Montréal), Montreal

Montreal History Center (Centre d'Histoire de Montréal), Montreal

At more than 100 years of age, this former fire station could tell a story or two. Note that the architecture is a lot different from the other buildings in Montréal. Why? Because it's Flemish (the scallops up the side are the dead giveaway)! Adding to the charm is its proximity to many other heritage sites and historic buildings, such as Pointe-à-Calliere, the city's birthplace.

Boasting a collection of over 2,500 artifacts, some of which date back as far as the first contact with the indigenous Iroquis in 1535, the repurposed fire station looks at six important time frames in Montréal's civic history through archival footage, animated maps and reconstructions. The artifacts displayed are obviously meant to fit into the space, and you will be surprised to find plenty of information, including an overview of the period, the popular housing architecture of the time, as well as notable Montréalers and the changing maps as the city expanded.

The top floor is used for fascinating temporary exhibitions, and you're welcome to explore the Center's virtual museum on the website, featuring all previous installments, prior to actually visiting the venue.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Sun: 10am–5pm

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Sight Name: Montreal History Center (Centre d'Histoire de Montréal)
Sight Location: Montreal, Canada (See walking tours in Montreal)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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