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Top Museums and Galleries Tour, Montreal (Self Guided), Montreal

Montreal is a wonderful city blessed with many examples of great French culture. Among them are Montreal's museums and galleries, which offer a diverse view of the local and international culture that flows through the city. Take this walking tour to explore the most exciting exhibitions of Montreal's museums.
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Top Museums and Galleries Tour, Montreal Map

Guide Name: Top Museums and Galleries Tour, Montreal
Guide Location: Canada » Montreal (See other walking tours in Montreal)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: doris
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Montreal Science Centre
  • Pointe-a-Calliere Museum
  • Centre d'Histoire de Montreal
  • Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Canadian Center for Architecture
Montreal Science Centre

1) Montreal Science Centre (must see)

Located in the Old Port of Montreal on King Edward Pier, the Centre des Sciences de Montreal is a popular tourist destination. Montreal Science Centre, as it is known today, was established in 2000 when it was originally known as the iSci Centre. The center got its current name in 2002.

The Montreal Science Centre features interactive exhibitions on technology and science. At the center, you can also find an IMAX theater. This science foundation was specially created to garner support from some of the affluent community members to further their mission.

A number of prestigious activities are organized by this center to motivate public interest by raising its profile. To help kindle interest in visitors for science and technology understanding is the mission of this center that is frequented by those who are deeply passionate about scientific and technological development.

Montreal Science Centre offers an interactive and dynamic experience for educational systems and for the general public. It aims at promoting awareness in the society on science and technology trends and encouraging youngsters to take up a career in science.

Do not miss a visit to this amazingly fun and entertaining center that allows you to learn, explore and understand what technology and science are all about in an interactive manner.

Why You Should Visit:
Interesting and easy-to-get-to kid-friendly museum, with most activities being geared towards preschoolers ('Fabrik' creativity factory is the section that you'd enjoy the most if you're an adult), plus good restaurants on-site for reasonable prices.

Try to go early or later in the afternoon to avoid crowds..

Operation Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-4pm; Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Pointe-a-Calliere Museum

2) Pointe-a-Calliere Museum (must see)

If you have a penchant for history and its invaluable footprints, then Pointe-à-Callière Museum in Montreal is definitely a place to visit. This museum houses rare collections and artifacts unearthed during a decade of digging. Visit this museum and you can trace the history of this city right from the Natives era.

Pointe-à-Callière Museum was opened in 1992 at the very site where evidences of the origins of Montreal housing were unearthed. This site was instrumental in bringing to focus a thousand years of life and activities of the people of this city. All the remarkable archeological remains are displayed with complete integrity in honor of people who have lived in Montreal through ages.

The mission of the museum is to educate visitors on the heritage of ancient Montreal and its developmental stages that led to the modern era. There are various educative, research, outreach and conservation programs that educate visitors and help them appreciate the rich historical heritage of this city.

Of all the varied sections tracing the history of Montreal, the one on “Where Montreal Began” is very popular and keeps tourists spellbound with its attention to detail. So, if you wish to etch a piece of Montreal history in your memory, Pointe-à-Callière Museum will not leave you disappointed.

Why You Should Visit:
A fun and fascinating introduction to Montreal history!
Specializing in the many component parts of the city's history and combining this with archaeological discoveries provides one of the more unique museum experiences you will find anywhere.

If you have kids it's worth checking the museum website to see what's going on for the little ones.
Note that the museum also has a Bistro with a lovely view, that closes at 4pm.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun: 11am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Centre d'Histoire de Montreal

3) Centre d'Histoire de Montreal

Centre d’Histoire de Montreal is housed in the building that used to be a fire station, back in 1903. Nowadays, this center is one of the most famous destinations in Montreal and is managed by the municipal authorities. The museum boasts an enviable collection of over 2,500 artifacts – models, photographs and other historic items – some of which date back as far as 1535.

The charm of this museum lies in the fact that it is situated right at the heart of Place d’Youvill, close to many other heritage sites and historic buildings, such as Pointe-a-Calliere, the birthplace of Montreal.

The permanent “Montreal Five Times” exhibition depicts the city in five different time frames. Here you can learn all about the 16th century contact with First Nations and about Montreal in the time of Cultural Revolution of the 1960s-70s. If you wish to know all about Montreal from the perspective of its multicultural residents, go through the “Montreal of Thousand Faces” exhibits.

Some of the popularly held temporary exhibitions at Centre d’Histoire de Montreal are The Eye of the City, Jazz-Swinging Nights and Expo 67 – Passport to the World. Explore the center's virtual museum on the website, featuring all the previous exhibitions, prior to actually visiting this truly fascinating venue.

Operation Hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art

4) Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art

No trip to Canada is complete without a visit to the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, especially if you are an art lover. This museum features an extensive range of contemporary art works, of which 7000 are exhibited permanently. There are a total of eight galleries where the artworks created after 1939 are skillfully displayed.

Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art features works of legendary Quebec artists, such as Genevieve Cadieux, Paul Emile Borduas and Jean Paul Riopelle. The museum also plays host to temporary exhibitions that feature works of present-day Canadian and international artists.

Art lovers from across the world visit this museum to enjoy the variety of contemporary art objects displayed, including installations, videos, prints, sculpture and paintings, as well as other New Media forms.

You will be pleasantly surprised with the airy, large and spacious exhibition areas where many avant-garde and regular modern performances are held. Do not miss out Upright Motive No. 5, Henry Moore’s work at the Sculpture Garden.

This museum is located close to Place des Arts along rue Ste-Catherine to the north of Vieux Montreal, and can be easily accessed by Metro trains and buses. Enjoy a fantastic dining experience at the great dining terrace. This terrace is a part of the glass-walled restaurant. Shop to your heart’s content for tempting artistic gifts at the gift shop here.

Operation Hours: Tuesday: 11 am - 6 pm; Wednesday - Friday: 11 am - 9 pm, Saturday, Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Fine Arts

5) Museum of Fine Arts (must see)

Located in Montreal, this museum has an extensive range of encyclopedic collection. The museum displays unique exhibition designs through its temporary exhibitions in fields such as film, music, fine arts, design, and fashion.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the oldest art museum in Canada and was founded in 1860. James Ross, a businessman, through his large donation, facilitated the movement of this museum in 1912 to its present location at Sherbrooke Street’s mile-long historic Golden Square.

You will find this museum divided into three pavilions. The Beaux Arts building, now named as the Reneta Hornstein and Michal Pavilion was designed by Edward Maxwell and his brother William Sutherland Maxwell. This pavilion especially features artworks from Quebec history.

Across the street, you will find the Jean-Noel Desmarais modernist pavilion constructed in 1991 based on Moshe Safdie’s design. Here you will find an extensive collection of exquisite artworks from around the world. The third pavilion is the Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion.

The Hornstein and Desmarais Pavilions together have a collection of over 30,000 pieces of artworks.

Why You Should Visit:
If you're happy to discover artists you are not already familiar with or to stop and spend time with at least one masterpiece, this place is a good choice for you.
The masterpiece is the museum's Rembrandt – perhaps the best, most loving portrait of a female you will see by Rembrandt.
The Inuit & African exhibitions are well worth seeing, too!

The new Peace Pavilion, which houses European art, has a very special room on the main floor where the walls are alive with trees swaying in the wind, bird calls, and even a rabbit or two hopping by if you sit still long enough.
Also, check the special exhibitions which are often not to be missed!

Opening Hours:
Tue, Thu-Sun: 10am-5pm; Wed: 10am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Canadian Center for Architecture

6) Canadian Center for Architecture

In keeping with Canada’s impressive architectural tradition, the Canadian center for Architecture was constructed in 1979 by Phyllis Lambert. This is a renowned museum and research center that promotes public understanding and advances knowledge. CCA is also vocal about widening debate and thought on architectural history, practice, theory and its societal relevance.

Canadian center for Architecture has a huge collection of relevant material and provides a host of research opportunities apart from conducting many programs and exhibitions. CCA is instrumental in motivating and inspiring design practice and innovation in architecture.

If you are interested in architecture, CCA is a must visit destination on your trip to Montreal. Check out the unique and extensive range of international research publications, plans, drawings, conceptual studies, architectural archives, photographs, prints, models and related ephemera and artifacts. CCA skillfully documents world architectural culture through its collection starting from the Renaissance period to the present day.

Founder Phyllis Lambert initiated this project that went on to act as a guiding force for interdisciplinary advanced research aimed at revealing the transforming thought and character of the world of architecture.

The year 1997 saw the inauguration of CCA Study center. This institute encourages interdisciplinary research in architectural practice and thought at the international level.

Operation Hours: Wednesday: 11 am - 6 pm; Thursday: 11 am - 9 pm; Friday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Montreal, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Montreal

Create Your Own Walk in Montreal

Creating your own self-guided walk in Montreal is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Montreal without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Montreal, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Old Montreal Walking Tour

Old Montreal Walking Tour

Take a tour to discover the oldest district in Montreal. It features numerous unique houses dating back over 300 years, museums, art galleries and a great choice of fine restaurants and cafés. Here you'll also find two of the most popular churches in Montreal - the Basilique de Notre Dame and the Chapelle de Notre Dame de Bon-Secours. Enjoy exploring the highlights of Old Montreal.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Souvenir Shopping Part 3

Souvenir Shopping Part 3

Montreal is an exciting city that features all kinds of entertainment. And if you like shopping, here you can find some of the most beautiful and promising shops and markets. Take this walking tour for a unique shopping experience in Montreal.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Night

Le Plateau-Mont-Royal Night

Montreal is a vibrant, multicultural city, offering fascinating nightlife options. The choice of bars, dance clubs and lounges is fabulous. Take the walking tour suggested below to experience the most exciting nightclubs in Montreal.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Montreal without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Montreal, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 Km or 4.2 Miles
The Titanic Walking Tour, Montreal

The Titanic Walking Tour, Montreal

Thanks to James Cameron's blockbuster movie, "Titanic", people from all over the world are aware of the luxury liner that sank on its maiden voyage in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. However, not everyone knows that Montreal has a significant number of Titanic-related sites. Take this walking tour to discover the main Montreal sights related to the famous Titanic.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.9 Km or 4.9 Miles

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