Phi Centre
Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Art Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 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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About
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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Shaun F
Montreal, Canada84 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Couples
I was surprised at how many people I’ve talked to that are unaware of this hidden treasure in Old Montreal. I’ve been attending events at the Phi Center in the Old Port for 3+ years now and it is an amazing venue for experiencing many different types of “artsy” events. Phi events that I have attended have included: art exhibitions, virtual reality shows (Bjork), music concerts (numerous), avante garde art film screenings (many), a video shoot, and more. It’s situated in a beautifully restored four-storey building in Old Montreal and includes numerous exhibition spaces and theatres. There’s an interesting souvenir boutique just off the main lobby and the staff I’ve dealt with have always been exceptionally friendly and helpful. I advise anyone interested in experiencing a happening and eclectic “arts and culture” venue to check out the Phi Centre in Old Montreal. You won’t regret it.
Written April 9, 2019
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Claude A
Candiac, Canada34 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Couples
We went to see the immersive VR theatrical experience The Horrifically Real Virtuality and loved it. Hard to find the words to describe. The centre is really progressive and high tech. Love how the programme is different and experimental but with a trendy twist. Try it.
Written March 23, 2019
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Rose193
34 contributions
Dec. 2018 • Family
Went to a virtual reality exhibit with many separate experiences. The "Spheres" about space was by far the best one. It was absolutely incredible!! You have about 3 hours with your ticket and, in that time, you should be able to get most of the experiences done. It's amazing but can be tiring and some experiences are better than others.
Written February 3, 2019
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BeccainPA
Milford, PA251 contributions
Sep. 2018 • Family
WOW! This was so much fun!!! We came here because our college kids really wanted to experience Virtual Reality. The entire family had so much fun! They have several different rooms with different Virtual Reality experiences in each. You reserve a specific time to be in the space, just as if you were buying tickets to a movie. You might have from 2 -5 pm. During that time you can experience as many or as few rooms as you like. There are a limited number of viewing goggles available in each room, so you can wait, or move on to another room. The wait and moving around is similar to waiting for rides at an amusement park. Once in the room, they adjust the goggles on your head. In some rooms you have to stand and in other rooms you can sit in chairs. The Experiences (movies) vary. It is just like being in a movie. As you turn and look in any direction, you only see the "movie" experience that you are in. Once experience was like being in outer space . Once was like being part of an orchestra. One was an Animee story. Another was in the 1950 or 60's at a launch of a rocket to space. This was a completely immersive experience! The entire family loved this place. It is so amazing that you can turn in any direction and see anything in the "movie" you are in. I loved being in space! My daughter loved being in the Anime story. Our son loved the animated story of the girl and the monster. My husband loved the rocket launch. Virtual Reality is the future! I highly recommend you experience this at Phi Center. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They all spoke English. The location is in the old town just a few blocks to the port at 407 Saint-Pierre Street. It was quite a walk from the Square-Victoria Metro stop of about 8-10 blocks. You have to call reserve a time. The cost was around $20 per person and definitely worth it!!!
Written December 26, 2018
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randomhappiness
calgary, alberta84 contributions
Oct. 2018
Went to see the virtual exhibit - well it is multiple exhibits. One of the most exciting experiences I have had in a long time. If you've got vertigo ... well, this might get you over it!
Written October 23, 2018
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Sunshine34500
West Orange, NJ2,082 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
Year long exhibits you are not likely to see anywhere else but here. Original, stark and mesmerizing. Leave enough time to visit all the exhibits. It is worth it. Kid friendly. Located in a delightful area of the city with lots to do, eat and tour. Before you visit, check the web-site for the events calendar.
Written June 24, 2018
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Jeffrey C
1 contribution
May 2018 • Couples
This place was awesome. The particals of existence virtual reality exhibits were visually amazing and the staff was great. You do feel a little rushed because there are a lot of people in the groups they have you in and you are only allotted a certain block of time but besides that, great!
Written May 16, 2018
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K-Towner101
Kingston, Canada145 contributions
Feb. 2018 • Family
We took our 13 year old son and his 14 year old friend. They, along with their mothers, watched the Virtual Garden, who's run has been extended. At the end, there is also a game the boys played, which they really got into.

The women got a little dizzy and one got a bit of a headache. The kids are more used to this type of format. It was less than $10.00 per person and the session lasted almost 2 1/2 half hours for the boys. We went early so there was no line up. The staff are really great! The had another show going on at the same time called Enemy that looked really interesting. It was for ages 14 and up.

The space is quite well done and on other levels they also have performers and DJ's. I believe some of the other shows are also licensed to sell alcohol. We stopped by the day before and they let use take a look around. Super cool!
Written March 1, 2018
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RedSox4Eva
Newport, RI15 contributions
Nov. 2017 • Family
The VR exhibit really requires 3 hours to do it right and we only had an hour and a half before closing. Disappointing. We'll have to come back another time to do the Phi Centre right.
Written November 27, 2017
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Julie32159
The Villages, FL359 contributions
Nov. 2017 • Couples
After spending much of our vacation in historical sites, we decided to take a break and try something new and different. So glad we did! The Lucid Realities immersive exhibition at Phi Centre was amazing! We went on a rainy Thursday in late October and were fortunate that it was not at all crowded, so we had no wait between experiences. As two senior-aged guests, we were by far the oldest ones there, and since this was our first foray into the world of virtual reality, we had a blast! Our favorite was the Walk in Space, followed by Tree, Flock, Life of Us, and The Island of the Colorblind. We both found Blind Vaysha to be depressing, and neither of us wanted to try the more violent experiences. The staff there is really helpful and cheerful -- always a plus! If you have the chance to go, DO! It was fun!
Written November 15, 2017
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