Montréal on your own
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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ encyclopedic collection includes more than 41,000 works, and its original temporary exhibitions combine artistic disciplines (fine arts, music, film, fashion, design) and feature innovative exhibition designs. The fall of 2011 saw the opening of a fourth Museum pavilion – the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art – and a 444-seat concert venue – Bourgie Hall – housing an outstanding collection of Tiffany stained glass windows. A fifth pavilion devoted to international art and education will open its doors in late 2016, just in time for Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017.
Old Port of Montreal
The Old Port is the perfect place for dining, people watching, relaxing, shopping, and enjoying sunny days at the Clock Tower Beach. Paddleboats, quadricycles, and a guided historical tour help you see the city from a new perspective, while several cruises and excursions offer maritime activities, at full speed or nice and easy with a gourmet meal. The area is also home to the Montréal Science Centre and the IMAX (R) TELUS, where you can have fun learning more about the world.
Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History
Pointe-à-Callière is a national historic site rising above the actual remains of the city's birthplace. An archaeological tour takes visitors from the 14th century to present day. Cutting-edge technology and a multimedia show bring the past to life in a whole new light. The Museum will open new spaces in 2016, just in time for Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017.
350, place Royale
The McCord Museum is one of the most important historical museums in Canada. It celebrates Montréal life past and present—its people, its artisans, its communities, its metropolitan area. Through a contemporary approach, the Museum presents exciting exhibitions that appeal to people from here and elsewhere. It also offers educational and cultural activities and innovative Internet projects.
690, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Centre d’histoire de Montréal
The Centre d’histoire de Montréal hands you the key to Montréal’s multiple identities. With three floors and as many exhibitions, you’ll live or re-live the rich and eventful history of our metropolis through sound environments, spectacular images, visual effects, personal testimonies and intriguing artefacts.
335, place d'Youville
Quartier des spectacles
Located in the heart of downtown, Quartier des spectacles is Montréal's cultural heart. Within one square kilometre, there are more than 80 cultural venues offering an exceptionally diverse array of activities: festivals, movies, plays, dance performances, art exhibitions, technological art displays, music concerts, operas, comedy shows. It's a constantly evolving destination that literally lights up the night thanks to an innovative lighting plan. Big red dots lead the way. In addition, right in its centre, the Quartier features La Vitrine, a box office which showcases the full range of Greater Montréal's cultural scene. In association with the cultural industry, La Vitrine provides information and tickets for Montréal's cultural events on location and online.
Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)
The Canadian Centre for Architecture is an international research centre and museum recognized for the richness of its collections and the quality of its exhibitions. The CCA has received numerous awards for the design of its building, which includes the Shaughnessy House, one of the rare 19th-century Montréal houses open to the public. The sculpture garden reflects the history of architecture as well as the city that surrounds the site. In addition to exhibitions, the CCA organizes a wide variety of activities: guided tours of the building, the garden or the current exhibitions, films, lectures and workshops.
1920, rue Baile