Phi Centre

Phi Centre, Montreal: Hours, Address, Phi Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Art Museums
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Dedicated to art in all its forms, Phi is a multidisciplinary arts and culture organization that cultivates all aspects of creation, development, production and dissemination. Phi is at the intersection of art, film, music, design and technology. Through eclectic programming and a strong emphasis on content creation, Phi fosters unexpected encounters between artists and audiences. Headquartered at the Phi Centre in Montreal Canada, Phi was created by Director and Founder Phoebe Greenberg.
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Neighbourhood: Ville-Marie
How to get there
  • Place-d'Armes • 6 min walk
  • Square-Victoria-OACI • 8 min walk
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siddy666
Montreal, Canada245 contributions
I've visited Centre Phi twice; once for a VR exhibit several years ago and just recently for the Yayoi Kusama exhibit; really enjoyed the Infinity Room!

Building properties are very nice and intimate for holding exhibits.
Staff is generally friendly and perfectly bilingual
Entry is pricey but they frequently do offer free tickets for some exhibits (Yayoi Kusama being one such example)
Clear written descriptions of all pieces of artwork
Ticket ordering process was quite straightforward on their website; thankfully I didn't have to wait too long in the "virtual queue" :)

Only two comments (with regards to the Yayoi Kusama exhibit)
- Staff should have informed us about the audio guide option at the start of of the visit; we only found out about this towards the end
- More time should have been given in the infinity rooms

I would come back depending on what's being shown
Written August 6, 2022
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Rosamaria Corona
Santiago, Chile3 contributions
Great experience! I liked this place very much! It is the right place to visit with family and friends!
Written July 23, 2022
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The low rating is the result of unsatisfactory customer service at the Center and the provision of misleading information by employees. The Center does not respect MTL passport cards/tickets and makes it impossible to use them. Instead of being honest right away and informing on your website or through an employee that "Hi, you can't actually use our service if you have an MTL passport. Sorry, we suggest you buy our ticket through our system, enjoy the great exhibition, and use your passport for other attractions, where it will work ", the Center has chosen the path of lies and discrimination. A better category of visitors is the one that just doesn't use the passport because it is useless at that point. Our experience is that during two days while calling and being in person, we received information from the ticket office that there is no online booking, you have to call in the morning of the planned visit and they will reserve a place for you. We did just that, to find out 10 minutes before entering the exhibition that it was not true. The person from the morning shift did not make any reservations and the very nice Florence from the afternoon shift said that "in fact, you can only call one hour before entering and find out if there are any free spots, because for the MTL passport clients they have no guaranteed places. Calling in the morning does not give anything - despite that her colleagues said something else. " All in all, instead of having a nice day at the exhibition - we lost our time calling and commuting to the center, lost an extra $ 17 on parking in the city center, lost our nerves at the checkout desk and writing this review and most of all we lost TRUST in your Institution and MTL passport. I think you can do better than treating visitors like s*... and second-class people. It was not a nice experience, I will not be back again. For the future, just tell the truth, it doesn't hurt. Trust is also a currency. One of my worst customer service experiences at MTL.
Written August 27, 2021
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MissGeorgiana
Montreal, Canada709 contributions
This was our first visit to this amazing museum, and we were not disappointed.

Their current Emergence & Convergence exhibit was immersive and a lot of fun. The entire visit was about 1.5 hours and kept my 8-year-old engaged throughout.

We had the first projection room to ourselves for nearly half an hour and social distancing was easy.
Written August 7, 2020
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Miriam I
4 contributions
Solo
The Phi Centre perfectly blends new innovation with artistic flair. I went to the VR cinema and loved the concept so much that I came back for the Hum(AI)n and Jim Carrey exhibition. It breaks down the typical museum/exhibit experience which can be quite distant to fully involving the visitor in the creative process.
Written September 4, 2019
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Donna D
Middleton, MA565 contributions
Family
Really enjoyed their virtual reality exhibit. Allow about 3 hours to do everything. Even got to design our own perfume based on our personality after doing a questionnaire. A machine makes it in front of you and you get to take home a small bottle for free. Also enjoyed the Jim Carrey exhibit with his drawings. Cool museum for teens. Impressed by number of staff throughout exhibit to assist you with the experiences. Located in Old Montreal area.
Written August 16, 2019
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kathydaffy88
Whately, MA106 contributions
Phi Centre was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. It is a gem hidden in plain sight and worth every penny. My boyfriend and I were looking for something to do on our last day in Montreal and after reading tripadvisor reviews we decided to give the HUM(AI)N exhibit at Phi a shot - it was fantastic! I've never experienced virtual reality before and was absolutely blown away by the different stories/scenes. You are immersed in a variety of scenarios that are impossible to imagine; one is a gymnasium with balls bouncing everywhere while a puppet sings and another can only be described as street punk. And the others.... well, best to see what happens for yourself! Go! One of most awesome things I have ever done and would love to do again!!
Written August 10, 2019
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dmhn
Buena Park, CA163 contributions
Couples
Visited the Humain exhibit with seven stations. Each was very engaging. The Emergence experience was the most interesting to me. A lot of virtual reality experiences, which is not for everyone. Those who suffer from motion sickness might find it hard to sit through some of the experiences, but I enjoyed every one of them!
Written July 8, 2019
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Emily W
Brooklyn, NY13 contributions
Solo
Really cool museum with a few AI’s and some VR experiences. Give yourself ~2 hours to do the whole thing. Some of the VR videos are lengthy, so check the booklet ahead of time so you know which ones are longer, and try to do those first (each one only has 2-4 headsets. Also make sure you’re good with VR things before going. I’m glad my husband was working and couldn’t come with me, he’s very sensitive to 3D-type things and probably would’ve gotten nauseous for some of the VR. I’m usually even good with 3D and VR, but I even got nauseous from one (the one with the spinning chairs that has a warning for sensitive content; it wasn’t the sensitive content that got me, but rather the blurry style of the video). Overall great experience, will recommend to any friends that visit Montréal!
Written June 11, 2019
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Glennbrian
Montreal, Canada188 contributions
Friends
A friend took me there as a surprise.

It is a totally immersive experience using Virtual Reality technology.

One of the best things to do in Montreal.

It is a hidden gem.
Written April 21, 2019
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Phi Centre is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Mon - Mon 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tue - Thu 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Fri - Fri 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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