Speciality Museums in Montreal

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Speciality Museums in Montreal

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  • Moe B
    Vancouver, Canada65 contributions
    We were walking along when my wife (her name is Barbie) spotted the Barbie Expo sign. My Barbie being a Barbie doll fan since childhood decided we were going in. No way was I going to object, so I found a nice place to sit and watch a football game on my phone while my Barbie walked among the hundred (yes, hundreds) of Barbie dolls costumed to reflect different cultures, fashion styles and eras, professions, and events. There were Barbies of all ages, ethnicities, and races. There were fancy Barbies and casual Barbies. It was a seemingly endless display of probably every Barbie ever created (and where did they all come from?). There was even a photo booth you could go into and have your picture taken pretending to be a new-in-box Barbie doll. My wife wandered for an hour, I watched the football game until my phone died. My team won. My wife saw all her childhood Barbie's. It was a great day.
    Written October 22, 2022
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  • Ronna H
    Pittsburgh, PA47 contributions
    This was one of the very best museums we have ever been in. We spent hours and hours there. It is creatively and brilliantly curated.
    Written November 17, 2022
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  • Kristin K
    Boston, MA199 contributions
    Terrific hands on museum. My four year old son had a ball--but there was also plenty that was for older kids too.
    Written January 8, 2020
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  • Deb F
    Austin, TX19 contributions
    Interesting place. Amazing butterfly collection. LOTS of kids around but worth a visit if you are at the Botanical Gardens or Biodome. It's a short walk between these three.
    Written September 2, 2022
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  • AnLil
    865 contributions
    Seniors and children 8-12 years might like the Biosphere at Parc Jean Drapeau. It splits into the island of Sainte-Helene and parkland surrounding Pont Jacques Cartier’s Biosphere museum. The best part was yearround guided tours led by Marie Charlotte in English, past the water tower up Mont Boulle, embarking daily at 3:00. The entry cost is $8-16, unless using the 5-museum passport. Replacing native sumac and other species with mostly ash proved to be unfortunate in Montreal, but other animals like squirrels, birds and insects benefit from the biodiversity. It’s hard to believe over 500,000 visitors came in a day during EXPO 1967. The nutricultural four seasons living wall designed here has spread globally. We skipped the black theatre room and saw Korean-made educational animation in the Ecolab. Tropicana upstairs has a theme of plastic bottles’ effect depicted through art. On the 5th floor (wind turbines) it would be the perfect place to sunbathe above playgrounds below. You can look down on the filtration marshes and intensive green roof; the museum can be seen in 35 minutes in all. The museum’s on an island where you can view or rent bicycles by credit card from nearby Vieux Port. In 1967 more than 50 million visitors came for Expo. The biosphere environmental museum was once clad with panels so it looked like the BC Science World, but after the World Expo, Montreal’s globe designed by Fuller-protege Shoji Sadao alit on fire; and since then, the panels were never replaced. It is mostly wheelchair accessible with washrooms and a vending machine to buy food (pasta salad, popcorn, sandwich tray, and drink). The work of environmental innovation and Dymaxion is credited to Jeffrey Lindsay’s Baie-D’Urfe Weatherbreak geodesic “skigloo” dome and Alain Gadbois “Planet Bucky” of Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983). Fuller moved on to the Chicago World Fair, Wichita House, Quebec’s Expo 1967, and Epcot Center @Disneyworld. Biosphere isn’t as riveting but offers a healthy look at local biodiversity even on a dreary day.
    Written November 6, 2022
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  • paulabsimon
    Santa Rosa, CA25 contributions
    Avery gave us so much. A real sense of Jewish life, so many historical facts and SO much food. It was a fantastic 4 hours. We are so glad we chose the Museum tour over other similar options because it as so comprehensive (and fun and filling)
    Written October 15, 2022
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  • Judith G
    Morris Plains, NJ4 contributions
    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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  • siddy666
    Montreal, Canada258 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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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA14,354 contributions
    This major financial institution was built to impress. The marble and grand architecture was supposed to make you confident to leave your money here. An example of vanishing old school banks. Free to enter.
    Written October 18, 2022
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  • DarB-Ottawa
    Ottawa, Canada87 contributions
    We had a very pleasant visit to this small but well laid out museum. There were not many visitors when we arrived so we got a short introduction tour from one of the staff members. He was great; very knowledgeable and interested in sharing his knowledge and enhancing our experience. There is parking very close by for a small fee ($2 or $3). We had a nice picnic at a picnic table just beside the museum. Although the day was quite warm, it was pleasant to be at this site as it is right beside the Lachine Canal, and there was shade and a cool breeze.
    Written August 9, 2022
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  • Martin G
    Hythe, UK202 contributions
    Though small, the museum is located inside the impressive Bank of Montreal building. The museum is free and presents a fascinating time line of the financial history of Montreal, its interactions with the French and British, how the settlers financed and regulated trade and property, and the various other developments needed to build an economy from scratch. Carefully curated exhibits with great models and illustrations of how Montreal's financial quarter grew up.
    Written December 12, 2018
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  • Frank Sories
    San Francisco, CA239 contributions
    I have been to CCA many times over the years, and have found their exhibits to be very informative and thought-provoking. Their current exhibition, "Building a new New World: Amerikanizm in Russian Architecture," was one of their best. The topic is very relevant and relatable. As always, there is a great deal of reading, but there are many more models, books, and other physical artifacts than in some past exhibitions. Their website states that the exhibit adopts an "expanded definition of architecture and of culture that encompasses industrial and graphic design, music, photography, film, and literature." This broader focus gives it a broader appeal. The film clips they've chosen are particularly enjoyable.

    The building is beautiful, and the bookstore is most definitely worth a visit. If you are in Montreal for more than two or three days, I recommend a few hours at CCA.
    Written December 23, 2019
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  • bernardl746
    Stornoway, Canada1 contribution
    So nice to visit and staff are kind and helpful.The building is even more impressive inside then outside .
    Written December 16, 2019
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  • funpower
    Montreal, Canada345 contributions
    The museum is well laid out and an easy relaxed visit. The more interesting visits are the special guided tours that they offer such as the visit of the private gardens a great two hour tour full of interesting information that most people are unaware of. The visit of the crypt is very special you get to visit where Jeanne Mance (1606-1673) is buried. She founded the Hotel-Dieu of Montreal and is considered the co-founder of Montreal.
    They also have a great walking tour in Old Montreal of the original site of the first Hotel-Dieu hospital and there is so much new information given on the history of the beginning of Montreal that everyone should take this tour. Ida our guide was wonderful.
    Written July 28, 2019
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  • Reza Sattarzadeh
    Muscat, Oman2,162 contributions
    This open air museum is free to enter and is located at the end of canal Lachine. There are numerous structures at permanent display here which may require a few hours to explore thoroughly. The area is very popular with locals on a weekend for picnics and gathering. If you want to have more space and peace to explore, it's better to go during the day.
    Written January 12, 2021
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