Montreal's Best Museums: Explore a Wide Variety of Interests

Montreal offers visitors outstanding attractions including world class museums. Since Montreal is one of North America's oldest cities, it's only natural that a fair number of her museums focus on history and these are often found in downtown Montreal or in Old Montreal, the birthplace of this wonderful city.

But the Montreal museum story doesn't end there. Top art, nature and science museums can all be found in this tourist - friendly mecca too. All of Montreal's museums offer something of interest to every member of the family from young children to grandparents too. Whether it's architecture, history, art, science or nature you're interested in, you'll find it all in Montreal's outstanding museums. Montreal's state of the art museums focus on multimedia and other digital learning tools.

Museum passes are available also to make sure you get the best deal for your vacation dollar. Several art museums also offer free admission on certain days - be sure to check museum websites before you venture out. It's also a good idea to plan your museum visits by location as several are often found in close proximity to one another. Many Montreal museums are conveniently located near metro station stops making it easy and budget friendly to visit these Montreal treasures.



The Montreal Planetarium brings astronomy to Montrealers and visitors alike who appreciate the clear, light-pollution-free skies and the chance to handle samples of meteorites. The regular show is comprised of three events: the main...  Read More



Begun with two donated collections of insects from more than 100 countries, the Montreal Insectarium today maintains about 144,000 specimens. Along with an amazing variety of mounted insects the museum has 75 vivariums, displays of live critters...  Read More



named for the sugar baron who generously supported the museum, The Redpath has been around since 1882.This museum on the campus of McGill University features a wide range of fossils (including dinosaurs!), skeletons of rare and extinct animals,...  Read More



The McCord Museum houses historic artifacts and visual art from the 18th and 19th centuries. Fun exhibitions like the toy collection allow older visitors to revisit their favorites from childhood while younger visitors can enjoy special school...  Read More

Le Musée du Château Dufresne
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Built between 1915 and 1918, the Chateau Dufresne is a beaux arts-style private mansion which was owned by the Dufresne brothers, two important members of the Montreal French Bourgeoisie. Today, it houses the museum, dedicated to Montreal's East...  Read More



The Chateau Ramezay, dating back to 1705, is one of the oldest buildings in North America. It was the site of Benjamin Franklin's attempt to persuade Montreal to become the 14th state of the United States. The permanent exhibition allows...  Read More



Montreal's Biodome is the only one of its kind in the world with over 4,500 animals from 250 different species and 500 plant species, all under one roof. The Biodome features four distinct ecosystems recreated in the former 1976 Olympic Games...  Read More



The Musee des Beaux Arts, founded in 1860, is Canada's oldest museum and boasts some of the finest paintings in the country. Among its permanent holdings are artworks from Canadian artists and those created by European masters. The museum also...  Read More



Housed in the cultural complex, Montreal's Place des Arts on Sainte-Catherine St West downtown, the museum is home to both permanent and traveling contemporary art exhibitions, with a strong focus on Quebec art post 1940's. The permanent...  Read More



Housed in an award-winning building, as might be expected for an architecture museum, the Centre for Canadian Architecture is dedicated to architecture, urban planning and landscape design. To that effect, it exhibits the works of prominent...  Read More


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