THE FUN STUFF
Claude Lafitte Gallery
Since its opening in 1974, the gallery has held numerous retrospectives, such as Chagall and Riopelle, and mounted several group exhibitions featuring works by Picasso, Miro, Motherwell, Léger, Marini, Moore and Renoir.
2160 Crescent St
Cinéma Banque Scotia
This large, downtown cinema complex boasts a dozen state-of-the-art screens, including an IMAX theatre.
977 Ste-Catherine St W
Observatoire Place Ville Marie
A unique viewpoint of the city. Observe the Saint Lawrence River, Mount Royal, Old Montreal, Quartier des spectacles, and the Olympic Stadium – to name only a few of the attractions visible 185 meters above ground.
3 Place Ville Marie
First international branch of the famed Grévin Paris wax museum. This voyage between dreams and reality features 120 celebrities from the history books to the heart of current affairs.
705 Ste-Catherine St W
Learn about Canadian life, from yesterday to today: our history, our people, our communities. Embark on a journey into everyday life in Canada, from the 18th century onwards. This museum of Canadian history features 1,375,000 items: ethnographic, costume, decorative art, painting and drawing. The photography collection, including the famous Notman archive, contains 600,000 photographs and the largest Montreal compilation of artefacts dedicated to First Nations.
690 Sherbrooke St W
At the heart of the McGill University campus lies one of Canada’s oldest and most eclectic museums. It houses precious objects amassed over the years by researchers and professors at the university. The museum features archaeology, botany, geology and palaeontology collections (where you will discover dinosaur bones, ancient coins, African art and the most iconic of tribal objects–a shrunken head). Many believe that the Redpath Museum, with its architecture reminiscent of a temple, is the most beautiful building on campus. Just south of the museum, you’ll find Redpath Hall and its magnificent French-style pipe organ. Baroque music recitals are often held here.
859 Sherbrooke St W
Médiathèque littéraire Gaëtan-Dostie
This museum, nestled within a beautiful house dating back to 1845, is dedicated to the poetry and literature of Quebec. More than 400 works by Nelligan, Miron, Borduas and other Quebec artists are exhibited.
5037 St Dominique St
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
The Montreal Museum of Fine Atrs, founded in 1860, is Canada’s oldest art gallery and one of the most respected in North America. Two magnificent buildings, across the street from each other on Sherbrooke Street, house the largest collection of Canadian painters and First Nations artefacts, as well as paintings by the Old Masters. Also, many temporary exhibits imaginatively showcase original, multi-disciplinary (fine arts, music, film, fashion, design) works.
1380 Sherbrooke St W
Repercussion Théâtre delivers professional, classically-based, visually-dynamic theatre that is accessible to all.
460 St-Catherine St W
Located in the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of the MMFA (the converted heritage Erskine and American Church). The church’s nave was transformed into a 444-seat concert hall boasting superb acoustics and exceptional décor–note the 20 Tiffany-stained glass windows. It is an intimate venue to enjoy music, from classical to jazz, world to contemporary, and many educational activities–all reflecting the MMFA’s encyclopaedic diversity.
1339 Sherbrooke St W
This former commercial building is now one of the city’s most dynamic arts centres. Several art galleries, such as the Centre des arts actuels Skol, are nestled under its roof.
372 Ste-Catherine St W
This fifth Scottish battalion, established in 1862, is the oldest regiment in Canada. The regiment trains in this castle-like armoury and the museum often resonates with the sounds of bagpipes. The regiment’s museum, open to the public since 1948, displays uniforms, weapons, musical instruments, old maps, medals and photographs.
2067 Bleury St
This century-old former cinema seems like something out of the Italian Renaissance, but today this magnificent hall hosts concerts and events.
1430 Bleury St
Numerous jazz concerts throughout the year. L’Astral is a hot spot in the Quartier des spectacles.
305 Ste-Catherine St
Opéra de Montréal
Each year, nearly 55,000 spectators walk through the doors of the Opéra de Montréal, the largest opera house in French North America. Each season includes four operas.
260 boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest
Le Petit Musée
This tiny boutique features objects from all eras, unearthed from around the world by three generations of antique enthusiasts.
1494 Sherbrooke St W
Quartier des spectacles
The century-old tradition of entertainment in downtown Montreal has been transformed into the Quartier des spectacles in the heart of the cultural metropolis. This nearly square-kilometre area is home to over 80 cultural venues, including 30 performance halls totalling close to 28,000 seats. Its diverse cultural activities unfold in indoor and outdoor venues during major events and internationally-renowned festivals. The Quartier des spectacles has created 7,000 culture-related jobs in education, broadcasting, creation and production. The intersection of Sainte-Catherine and Saint-Laurent streets is the hub of the Quartier des spectacles, an area bordered by the streets City Councillors, Berri, Sherbrooke and René-Lévesque.
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
The MAC, the first institution in Canada exclusively devoted to contemporary art, offers a varied program. The permanent collection showcases nearly 7,600 works of art, including the largest collection of works by Paul-Émile Borduas. The MAC also hosts temporary exhibitions of works by Quebec, Canadian and international artists.
185 Ste-Catherine St W
Montreal Symphony Orchestral
The Montreal Symphony Orchestral was founded by a group of classical music aficionados in 1934. Since then, it has become one of the city’s major cultural organizations. Under the direction of Maestro Kent Nagano, the orchestra stages a wide array of concerts each year at the Maison symphonique and at special outdoor events.
1600 St Urbain St
Place des Arts
Place des Arts, dedicated to showcasing the performing arts, features five concert halls, as well as the Maison symphonique.
175 Ste-Catherine St W