About Maddie S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Sep 2014
Hello! I'm Maddie- a native NYer whose Wanderlust has taken her abroad again and again. Having lived in six countries, and visiting others for school, work, leisure, and sport, I've adopted many localities, and am an admirer of a great many more. An avid scholar of language and culture, I hope to keep expanding my travel repertoire, and sharing great stories with the rest of the travel community. To give you some background on my travels, I spent months each year since childhood in Old Montreal, where part of my family lives. Summers were spent visiting folks in Ft. Lauderdale and L.A. My first big trip outside of the US on my own was to Australia & New Zealand at 12- I caught the bug early! I then moved to Japan where I studied for part of high school & uni. I am very familiar with Japanese cities, Sapporo and Osaka especially. Some of my favourite travel destinations include Goreme, Dubai, Marrakech, and Queenstown. (Plans for 2015 include China & Uganda!) Nice to meet you!
History Museums, Speciality Museums
Science Museums, Speciality Museums
Natural History Museums
Historic Sites, Speciality Museums
Pointe-à-Callière is built atop an excavation site of preserved ruins of the old city. This cavernous setting on the lower level acts as an interactive archaeology exhibit, and sets a tone of discovery for your entire visit. Walk through 1,000 years of history and witness Montreal's growth, brought to life by artifacts and haunting CGI. A multi-media presentation on the lobby floor immerses visitors in the city's past, from native and colonial times to the present day, and it's not all local, either: Pointe-à-Callière always has a wonderful temporary exhibit to explore on its upper floors. Expertly curated, this museum will give you the greatest understanding, both of Montreal's layout and its long past.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is spread across three massive neo-classical buildings, each with its own stunning collection. The main building is home to the contemporary exhibit, where a dizzying whirlwind of colored glass, sculpture, eclectic imagery, and 3D interactive exhibits dare visitors to test all of their senses. Alongside the modern, Picasso and Matisse round out an extensive European collection of paintings, and the Museum's bevy of Canadian artists on display is second to none. Immerse yourself in intricate stained glass windows, delicate tapestries, and complex oil paintings all under the three roofs of the MOFA.
The Montreal Science Center is a hands-on affair. With plenty to see and do, interactive exhibits rule the day here, and the line-up has a significant focus on environmental conservation and technology. Especially wonderful for travelers with children thanks to its Clic Play area, the special exhibits and educational IMAX feature films will appeal to all ages. The museum's location right on the King Edward Pier lends it a commanding view as visitors exit the building. Find yourself right in the heart of Old Montreal, ready to continue exploring after your visit to this state-of-the-art facility.
The McCord Museum is a research and teaching site that brings topics both local and international to center stage. Its key aim is to preserve the history and culture of Montreal itself, through manuscripts, artifacts, and over 15,000 preserved objects relating directly to the history, foundation, and evolution of the city. It explores and creates a dialogue on social issues, politics and ethnography especially, and though the establishment may seem quite small, its impact on visitors can be huge.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal was founded on the idea of bringing together some of the best works of living artists worldwide. Today, it boasts a wide sections of Quebecois, Canadian, and international art, with over 7,000 works to browse through in its permanent collection alone. Plus, frequently offered talks, classes, and interactive workshops highlight the importance of art in our daily lives and its relevance to the modern world. From Paul-Émile Borduas to Yves Gaucher, come to experience the modern generation of artists with a museum that's passionate about its presentation and accessibility.
The Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal makes its mission well known: to show the complexities of the art and science behind creating buildings, and describing architecture's evolving role in society today. Highly technical, visitors can enjoy the gardens surrounding the area after spending some time learning how architects use blueprints and computers to build some of the most beautiful and complex structures in the world. Great to visit for something off the beaten path, not often highlighted in other cities.
The Montreal Insectarium: where creepy-crawlies become cool! Not your average museum, the Insectarium invites enthusiasts and the squeamish alike to explore the beetles, butterflies, ant farms and more that are on display here. Some exhibits are even interactive, with live butterflies enjoying their natural habitat, untroubled by your visit. So if you'd like to try something new, exciting, and a little bit unusual — or cure that phobia once and for all — wing it, and come on down!
Musee Redpath is located on the gorgeous grounds of McGill University, and is home to a wonderful collection of natural history. Bones and artifacts, fossils, minerals, and even the odd T-Rex: come here to trace the evolution of sea creatures, or to marvel at the overhead flight of a pterodactyl. The Musee is set in a beautifully academic backdrop, highlighting the achievements of celebrated Anthropologists and Paleontologists in a charmingly Victorian display.
Voted by UNESCO as one of the 1001 must-see historic places, Chateau Ramezay is Quebec's first historical heritage building. Once a stately home in the 18th century, today it transports visitors back to that time period with costumed staff and beautifully maintained gardens. The furnished house compliments its rustic, period-appropriate decor with multimedia presentations that help to describe what life was like for early settlers, with the aim of preserving and celebrating that slice of cultural past.
Situated on the placid Lake Saint-Louis, the Lachine Fur Trade Museum follows the story of one of Montreal's founding industries through its booming phases in the 18th and 19th centuries. The narrative is housed in an old warehouse facility, built in 1803, whose stone facings bring to life the importance of trading posts and storage centers along the fur route in Quebec. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the daily life of the trade, through a combination of hands-on exhibits and authentic ambiance. Expect to discover another unique perspective of Montreal itself, and a rare insight into a trade item that helped build wealth in the region. Great for history buffs and curiosity seekers alike!