Montréal Museums, Canada
Montréal Science Centre
Located in the heart of the Old Port, the Montréal Science Centre is a unique complex offering an educational and entertaining outing for the whole family. The Science Centre features scientific exhibition halls, technical innovations, an IMAX TELUS theatre, boutiques and restaurants.
The Montréal Insectarium, the largest museum devoted to insects in North America, Opened in 1990, the museum proudly displays both live and dead bugs. The live insect displays are divided by world ecosystems in the Diversity Room and include such specialties as the giant desert hairy scorpion and the Hercules beetle. The focus of this collection is how insects adapt to survive to their environments. More than 75 vivariums showcase everything from the common bumblebees, honeybees and anthills to the diving beetles and the Indonesian walking stick insects that are part of a permanent collection of stick insects from around the world. The mounted insect collections contain over 144,000 species, a valuable resource for identifying anthropoids.
Museum of Fine Arts
The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) (Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal) is Montréal's largest museum and is amongst the most prominent in Canada. The museum is located on the historic Golden Square Mile stretch of Sherbrooke Street. The MMFA is spread across four pavilions, and occupies a total surface area of 45,067 square meters (485,100 sq ft), including 13,000 square metres (140,000 sq ft) of exhibition space. A fifth pavilion is currently under construction, which will have a surface area of 3,460 square meters (37,200 sq ft). This expansion will make it the eighteenth largest art museum in North America. The permanent collection includes approximately 41,000 works. The original 'reading room' of the Art Association of Montréal was the precursor of the current library of the museum. It is the oldest library in Canada dedicated to art.
Musee d'Art Contemporain
A veritable 21st century institution, the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is located in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles and at the site of Place des Arts. It lies in the center of a unique cultural complex in Canada, combining both the performing and visual arts. Founded in 1964, the MAC is the first institution in Canada devoted exclusively to contemporary art. The Museum offers a varied program, including the presentation of its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions of works by artists from Québec, Canada, and abroad.
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 as well as two permanent exhibitions. One offers insight into the different aspects of Montréal, from its pre-European residents to today's skyscrapers and metro system. The second sheds light on the importance of dress in the development, preservation and communication of social, cultural, political and spiritual identities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. It also offers educational and cultural activities and innovative Internet projects.
Centre equipped with a host of production studios and creative spaces-the most sophisticated technical resources available to artists and innovators. Along with flexible halls that can be transformed for various events, including launches, conferences, screenings, shows, concerts, and installations. This smart building for art features all manner of creative ideas, for all manner of people, from all manner of origins-from the neighborhood to the other side of the planet.
This history museum is housed in a military complex, built by the British between 1820 and 1824. Its rich collection of Ivory, faience, brocade, silver, parchment... all these materials hand crafted by masters weaves a historical tapestry spanning the 15th to 19th centuries. From journeys of discovery to the Lower Canada Rebellion, some 500 artefacts and objects bring history to life. Both historic and modern, the site features a glass tower offering a remarkable view of Montréal.
Canadian Centre for Architecture
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is an international research center 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.
Place des Arts
Montréal's Place des Arts, a major downtown concert venue sits on 300,000 square feet at the Places des Arts metro station. The largest multi-use concert hall in Canada, the Salle Wilfred Pelletier, is versatile enough to hold rock, opera, dance and symphony concerts thanks to state of the art sound and movement technologies. The Salle Wilfred Pelletier is the permanent home of the Grand Ballet of Montréal, Opera Montréal and the Montréal Symphony.
With its 19th-century stone barn, this farmhouse is one of the finest examples of traditional New France architecture. Acquired in 1668, the building initially hosted Les Filles du Roy ("King's Wards"), the orphaned young women sent from France to find husbands and populate the colony. The current structure, which dates back to 1698, was restored in 1966 and turned into a heritage museum. A colonial-era garden has been recreated and enhanced with aromatic and medicinal plants and flowers. The undergrowth, recently endowed with a "poetry trail," is open to visitors.
Inaugurated in 1996 and home of the Montréal Canadians Hockey Club, the Bell Centre has been designed to seat more than 21,000 sports enthusiasts. It is also a venue for rock concerts, classical music performances and family entertainment.