McCord Museum

McCord Museum, Montreal: Hours, Address, McCord Museum Reviews: 4/5

McCord Museum
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Speciality Museums • Art Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The McCord Museum is home to one of the largest historical collections in North America (more than 1.4 million artefacts), consisting of First Peoples objects, costumes and textiles, photographs, decorative and visual artworks, and textual archives. It produces exciting exhibitions that engage visitors by offering them a contemporary look at the world.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Ville-Marie
How to get there
  • McGill • 3 min walk
  • Peel • 6 min walk
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Dutch Brother
Boston, MA469 contributions
Mar. 2022
There is just one permanent exhibit, on First Nations on the main floor. That is a good exhibit. There are two floors of temporary exhibits. When we went, they had exhibits on Parachute (a fashion company I'd never heard of) and on "Queer Photography". Both were utterly worthless and I left after less than 60 seconds. Charging $16 for one permanent exhibit is way too much. I would recommend this museum only if the temporary exhibits were of great interest to you.
Written March 16, 2022
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siddy666
Montreal, Canada222 contributions
Dec. 2021
I took advantage of the fact that this museum was offering free entry until this month and visited in early December.

During my visit, there were 3 major exhibitions, as well as two Christmas animated dioramas; one of which could be seen at Ogilvy's during Christmas until fairly recently.

The three exhibits were all interesting/revealing their own way; one focusing on Parachute, a famous global fashion company based in Montreal that I honestly didn't know too much about (I was too young to remember), another on Chapleau, a famous French Canadian cartoonist (who again I haven't heard of, this time due to my lack of reading French journals/newspapers), and the third on Indigenous culture in Canada (yet another topic for which my knowledge level is shallow).

All three exhibits contained a good selection of objects of historical values, with very clear write-ups/explanations. I especially liked one room in the Parachute exhibit that was modelled after an actual store location.

I definitely walked out of each exhibit with a much better appreciation/understanding of all three topics; Mccord Museum.....I say to you; Mission Success :)

I would revisit this museum but only if they had a exhibit of interest (I do realize the focus of this museum is on anything Canadiana; so keep this in mind) and the pricing is reasonable.

P.S. Don't miss the giant totem pole
Written January 31, 2022
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TO-psych
Toronto, Canada295 contributions
Jan. 2022
I have visited this small museum several times and always enjoy it. There are 3 floors of exhibits but the building is quite small. This is a place you come to for the temporary exhibits as there isn't a large permanent collection. They always have something interested on. In particular, they have some excellent fashion exhibits. In the past, they have been the only Canadian venue for certain fashion exhibits (there was one I can't remember, Dior maybe, on tour from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and it only came here).

I came today which was my first time visiting since the pandemic. It ha never been a very busy museum, plus they were checking everyone's vaccine passports, everyone wore masks and there is ample hand sanitizer in each room, so it felt very safe.
I really enjoyed the "Parachute" exhibit about the Montreal-based fashion brand that was very popular in the 1980's. I was not familiar at all with this brand, but I loved the clothes on display and the videos.

The exhibit of indigenous art and culture was also very well-done and they consulted many indigenous people (e.g. in video interviews) to collaborate on putting the exhibit together. The exhibit did not shy away from Canada's terrible treatment of our indigenous peoples, which is important for Canadians and visitors alike to confront.

Going through the whole museum at a leisurely place took under 2 hours. So I would say the $19 adult price is a bit steep. However, I'm happy to pay it to support this little gem of a museum. This is the kind of museum where I will go, even if I don't know much about the temporary exhibits because I trust their curators who always bring interesting art/history to Montreal.

They have an unmonitored coat room, which is key because winter here is so cold and you are probably going to overheat if you wear your parka while walking around the museum! They also have small lockers that you can use for free. I really appreciated this as I was in Montreal on a train stopover and had my big backpack with me.

The restaurant/cafe is temporarily closed due to COVID and I did not stop by their boutique this time.
Written January 30, 2022
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4CRM
Merrickville, Canada94 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Solo
Parachute brand behind Le Chateau blows me away and transports me back to when I was a young soldier.
Written November 26, 2021
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Judith G
Morris Plains, NJ4 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
This was a nice little Museum. Not overwhelming. You are able to get background and interesting information on particular people or cultural events of Canada. We enjoyed it.
Written February 22, 2020
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Thank you!
Written February 24, 2020
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Deborah S
49938338 contributions
Dec. 2019
This museum is a gem - artefacts from very special places - for instances, Notman had his own darkroom car and was witness to and documented the opening of the rockies when CP worked its way west - many special items were brought back to show Montrealers what was being created by Aboriginal artisans on the West Coast - for instance, there is a Totem pole along a sidewall with a photograph of it in situ dated 1880sish .. if you look closely at the photo, the totem pole was removed from an abandoned and overgrown village .. I think its the oldest totem pole in the world!
Written February 21, 2020
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J--Harpswell
Harpswell, ME378 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Couples
After a disappointing visit to the archeological museum at Pointe a Calliere yesterday, we were ready for something better — and we found it at the McCord.

Easy to reach via the Metro, the museum was such a pleasure from the beginning to the end of our visit.

The exhibition of First Peoples clothing and other cultural objects was superb — a good size to cover, beautiful artifacts, clear narrative.
The temporary exhibit of clothing designer Jean-Claude Poitras was also quite good.

The museum is well designed architecturally, easy and comfortable to move through.

The bistro provides very good food and service. Only the shop was less interesting than we expected.

Worth a visit, without doubt!
Written November 14, 2019
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Thank you for your visit and for sharing your experience!
Written November 22, 2019
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Travmama
Pittsburgh, PA588 contributions
Sep. 2019
I enjoyed this museum once again. There were interesting exhibits. I think there was more to see during my visit 2 years ago. They may have been setting up a new exhibit.
I especially liked the personal stories of the First Nations people. I would check before going to see what exhibits are currently on display since they change. Highly recommended.
Written October 11, 2019
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Thank you for your visit and for sharing your experience :-)
Written November 5, 2019
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THFinPR
San Juan, Puerto Rico192 contributions
Sep. 2019 • Couples
Like another reviewer, I expected more history content, but did not find it. The special exhibits, like the Polaroid, were very good.
Written September 15, 2019
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Thank you for your visit and for sharing your experience with us.
Written September 25, 2019
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VCF_Chicago
Chicago, IL120 contributions
Aug. 2019
We are both big fans of North American indigenous culture and this museum has not only a very good collection, they have terrific special exhibitions. It's not inexpensive but so worth the price of admission..
Written August 26, 2019
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Thank you for your visit :-)
Written September 18, 2019
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McCord Museum is open:
  • Tue - Tue 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Thu - Fri 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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