Visiting Museums in Montreal

Art, science, history, archaeology – find out how to make the most of the museums in Montreal with museum passes and discounts…

Museums have varying opening hours and some are not open during the winter months. Check that the museum of interest is open before heading out.

Montreal Museums Day takes place each year in May and entry to the majority of museums on this day is free of charge. There are also free buses operating on set routes between the museums.

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Museum Passes

There are three different museum passes available for museums around Montreal:

  • Montreal Museums Pass - Three days (without public transit). This pass allows the holder to visit any of the museums on any three days during the three weeks following the first museum visit (one visit per museum)
  • Montreal Museums Pass - Three days (with public transit). Allows the holder to visit any of the museums for three consecutive days with unlimited use of public transit (bus, metro and airport shuttle) during that period (one visit per museum)
  • Montreal Museums Prestige Pass - Valid for one year this allows access to a selection of museums (maximum of two visits per museum)

Most individual museums offer discounts for families, children, seniors and students; however, there are no concessions available for the Montreal Museum Pass.

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Museums in Montreal

Montreal has a wide selection of museums and exhibitions to suit many different interests, some of the main ones are listed below.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: One of Canada's most famous museums, this museum was founded in 1860 and is home to a collection of over 36,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and decorative art objects from around the world.

The collections on display include Québec and Canadian art with Inuit sculptures and Amerindian artefacts, international contemporary art and decorative arts. Entry to the permanent collections and to some of the temporary exhibitions is free of charge.

  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
    At: Jean-Noel Desmarais Pavilion, 1380 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, H3G 1J5
    Tel: 514 285 2000
    Open (main museum collection): Tuesday to Friday 11:00-17:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:00-17:00. Temporary exhibitions may have different hours
    Metro: Peel or Guy-Concordia
    Bus: 15 and 57

The museum is accessible by wheelchair and provides services for people with special needs. Reserved parking for visitors with reduced mobility is available at 3410 Avenue du Musée.

Montreal Museum of Contemporary Arts: Canada's biggest contemporary art museum, it houses approximately 7,000 current media works produced by artists from Quebec, Canada and around the world. Founded in 1964, the museum has been housed in three different locations before moving to its current Place des Arts premises in 1992. It is now part of the largest cultural complex in Canada, which brings together the different performing and visual arts.

  • Montreal Museum of Contemporary Arts
    At: 185 Sainte-Catherine Street Ouest, Montreal, H2X 3X5. Direct access is possible from the Underground
    Tel: 514 847 6226
    Open: Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday 11:00-18:00, Wednesday 11:00-21:00, Free admission Wednesday evenings 17:00-21:00, Nocturne on the first Friday of each month from 17:00-21:00
    Metro: Place-des-Arts
    Bus: 15, 55, 80, 129 and 535

Regular museum visitors can purchase a MACarte membership card, which allows unlimited access to the museum and its exhibitions for one or two years. The card also has a range of other benefits at other locations around the city. Reduced admission fees are also available for groups of 15 or more.

Visitors with reduced mobility and wheelchairs have full access to the museum. There are also wheelchairs available to visitors free of charge.

The Montreal Science Centre: Located in the Old Port the Montreal Science Centre is devoted to science and technology, with exhibitions using an array of interactive and innovative displays. The museum houses four permanent exhibitions and a temporary feature exhibition, all of which are entertaining and educational for visitors of all ages. The museum also has an IMAX cinema screening specialist films in digital 3D, although this is not included in the standard admission fee.

  • Montreal Science Centre
    At: 333 rue de la Commune Ouest, Montreal, H2Y 2E2
    Tel: 514 496 4724
    Open: Daily 10:00-17:00
    Metro: 10 minute walk from Place d'Armes or Champ-de-Mars
    Bus: 55 and 715

The Montreal Science Centre is accessible by wheelchair, and wheelchairs can be borrowed free of charge from the box office. Parking is available adjacent to the Science Centre.

McCord Museum: Located in the heart of Downtown Montreal, this museum presents exhibitions and activities that enable visitors to discover Montreal's past and present. The permanent exhibition gives visitors an insight into how the city developed through the ages, with various themed displays focusing on different periods of social and economic development. Many temporary exhibitions run throughout the year and the museum also has online exhibits.

  • McCord Museum
    At: 690 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, H3A 1E9
    Tel: 514 398 7100
    Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00-18:00, Wednesday 10:00-21:00 (Free admission after 17:00). Saturday and Sunday 10:00-17:00
    Metro: McGill
    Bus Number: 24

General admission fees do not always give access to the temporary exhibitions. Concessions are available for over 65s, students and families. Free entry for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult.

Wheelchair access to the museum is on the west side of the building at 2175 Victoria Street.

Pointe-à-Callière - Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History: The museum is located on the city's birthplace and opened in 1992 as part of Montreal's 350th birthday celebrations. It is an authentic archaeological site, and has been recognised as a national historic site since 1998. The museum displays collections of artefacts in exhibitions illustrating the history of the city over the years, from the First Nations of the region, the French and British regimes to the modern day. Three permanent exhibitions are in place along with a number of temporary exhibitions showing a variety of different topics.

  • Pointe-à-Callière Museum
    At
    : 350 Place Royal, Old Montreal, H2Y 2B2
    Tel: 514 872 9150
    Open: Late June to beginning of September, Monday to Friday 10:00-18:00, weekends 11:00-18:00. The rest of the year open Tuesday to Friday 10:00-17:00, weekends 11:00-17:00
    Metro: Place d'Armes
    Bus: 715

Concessions for youths, students and seniors, free entry to the under 5s. Family tickets are also available. Most of the museum is accessible by visitors with limited mobility, except for the archaeological crypt. Wheelchairs can be borrowed free of charge.