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Musee Redpath

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Centre-Ville (Downtown)
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Address: 859 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C4, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 514-398-4086
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

This natural history museum at McGill University is named after business...

This natural history museum at McGill University is named after business tycoon and philanthropist John Redpath.

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Perhaps the oldest museum in Montreal and still free! Love these old school natural/cultural history museums. Many fascinating displays, animal mounts, mummies, rocks.....

Reviewed 2 days ago
Charles A
Oberlin, Ohio
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Oberlin, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Perhaps the oldest museum in Montreal and still free! Love these old school natural/cultural history museums. Many fascinating displays, animal mounts, mummies, rocks.....

Thank Charles A
Arundel, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

An extraordinary place. This is a museum in a time warp but fascinating nevertheless. Plenty to interest the visitor.

Thank ClaireandG
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Redpath Museum, part of McGill University is dedicated to science, and has a number of dinosaur skeletons as well as many examples of taxidermy animals from all over the world, including an echidna from Australia. Another main exhibit is examples of rocks, sorted by composition, from all over the world. On the top floor was information on “primitive” man,... More 

Thank Julie C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A delightful little museum from a time when museums were the only place the public could have access to unusual natural wonders. Small, overflowing with exhibits crammed into every corner in a way modern museums often are not, this a delightful place to spend a few hours especially on a rainy day. The Victorian building alone is worth a visit... More 

Thank Bryan B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice place for a short visit, but don't expect to spend hours here--the museum is pretty small. That being said, I would still recommend a visit. The Redpath Museum exhibits many quite interesting natural history exhibits. In particular, they have a display of models of facial reconstructions of mummies--never seen something like this before! A good way to spend... More 

Thank dr2222
Gaspesie Region, Canada
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

If you've ever dreamed of being Lara Croft or Inidana Jones, you really must visit the Redpath museum. It is a beautiful old building hosting archaic and arcane collections of everything from Egyptology to arctic animals to benthic molluscs to exotic crystals. The collections are at least a century old as is the museum, which has stood virtually unchanged since... More 

Thank LeeJaye1
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

Let me repeat, Redpath is a "Super cool natural history museum in amazing space." The Victorian woodwork and building, alone, are worth the free visit (donations encouraged). An incredible sampling of science, natural history, and ethnography in a relatively small space right on McGill's campus

Thank Peter C
Knoxville, United States
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

What a great place--truly has the atmosphere of a well loved historical museum--and it is filled with all sorts of natural history treasures--curated stuffed animals in natural poses, collections of minerals and fossils--and many other items too diverse and numerous to sufficiently honor in this short description.

Thank Mary T
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

This is a little gem of a Victorian museum which could easily be a set for Downton Abbey. The collection reflects the time when it was built. It houses fossils, reptile skeletons, stuffed wild animals, etc. One is reminded of Darwin and the awe that he, and others like him, created upon their return from their expeditions - when we... More 

Thank arsenaultelaine15
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

Fascinating, interesting, just wonderful! This McGill science museum is worthy of a visit for all: not only tourists.. What an attraction for children to get them interested in science : the geology exhibit was especially fascinating for me and I am not a child (on most days). Documentary films are available on Sundays. A Herzog film on Antartica was excellent... More 

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