While you may find the majority of the best Montreal museums in the city’s downtown area, those with the most history can be found all across the city, and very often, in picturesque Old Montreal.
Best Montreal Museums
Make your way from Pointe a Calliere Museum to the Centre d’histoire de Montreal, and you are sure to find a museum that fits your interests.
Pointe-a-Calliere Museum of Archaeology and History
The Museum of Archaeology and History is one of the most important landmarks in the city. It is the site where Montreal was founded.
It happens to be the city’s most popular museum where you will see history of the various settlements in Montreal, from its indigenous people to the present-day occupants.
If you make your way down to the museum’s crypt, you can see the remnants of the 1744 fortifications that once stood there. This is one of the permanent exhibitions and focuses on Montreal’s history.
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Another exhibit here is, Hello, Montreal!, looks at the history of Alexander Graham Bell and the way the telephone developed in Montreal.
Chateau Ramezay Museum
The oldest museum in Quebec is Old Montreal’s Chateau Ramezay Museum and is located in the 1705 residence of one of the former governors of New France.
When you visit, you will enjoy exhibits throughout the mansion depicting five centuries of Montreal history and its surrounding regions. You can even enjoy the French colonial style garden.
Other popular downtown Montreal museums of interest include the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC Museum), and the McCord Museum, to name a few.
Also, don’t miss the Montreal Science Centre. It is located in the Old Port and has impressive exhibitions for visitors of all ages.
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