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Arts & Museums
Marius Dufresne and Jules Renard's lavish beaux-arts style building in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, was supposed to spur the development of the area. Its enormous cost and economic downturn instead left it largely derelict, and it fell into disrepair until its restoration in the mid-1970s. It now plays host to various art exhibitions and the extravagant décor and period furnishings are available for viewing year-round.
Montréal Insectarium is an interpretative nature center and museum, the only one of its kind in North America that presents both preserved insect collections and live insects for viewing by the general public. They also have a spectacular live butterfly garden in the summer. For those with an adventurous spirit, try the insect tasting events held twice a year with a local chef preparing recipes that feature insects.
The Stewart Museum occupies the British fortified arsenal on Saint Helen's Island. Its collections include exhibits from the 15th Century to the 20th Century. The museum offers guided tours of the new permanent exhibitions, and a special school program is also available.
This museum and exhibition hall is dedicated to raising environmental and ecological awareness among its visitors. Housed in the world's largest geodesic dome, which is one of few remaining structures from the Expo's, it offers four levels of guided discovery. The bottom level examines water as both Source of Life and Source of Delight, the Connections Hall showcases multimedia presentations focusing on environmental protection, and the Visions Hall affords an incredible view of Montreal.
This gallery is known for allowing new and upcoming artists to test ideas and concepts that might be considered too risky for more mainstream spaces. It exhibits various media, from traditional showings on canvas to installations, art actions and performance art, multimedia and electronic music. It has gained a reputation as one of the city's leading multidisciplinary art centers. Recent exhibitors have included Yves Gendreay, Marie-Mich Cron, Lesley Johnstone and Philippe Tessier. Call ahead for open hours.
Recent archaeological excavations in the cellar of the Notre-Dame-du-Bonsecours Chapel have unearthed the foundations of Montreal's first stone church, which was constructed by medical and educational pioneer Marguerite Bourgeoys in 1675. The museum, located at the back of the chapel, contains several exhibition rooms devoted to the history of the city, the chapel and to the story of Marguerite Bourgeoys, a nun credited with establishing the first hospitals in Quebec.
Local history comes alive in this exquisitely renovated public bathhouse, which is a beautiful example of 1920s architecture. This museum was created to chronicle the history of the Village, which is one of the city's oldest and most intriguing neighborhoods. Through photos, artifacts and interviews, this museum focuses on the working class and the effects of industrialization in the area. A permanent exhibit touches on the history of the workers in the area, their families and the condition of their daily lives.
Located in the Bonsecours Market, Art et Antiquités Medius represents the rich heritage of Canada. The unique selection of Inuit, Amerindian and Quebec art reflect the cultural diversity. European paintings from 17th and 19th Century and antique furniture from 18th-19h Centuries feature among the showcased collection. Connoisseurs and art lovers can't stop admiring the frameworks of art. This place is ideal for locals and tourists who have an eye for art.
Founded in 1979, Museum of Costume and Textile of Quebec (Musée du costume et du textile du Québec) or commonly known as MCTQ, is probably the only one-of-its-kind in the province dedicated to textiles, fashion and costumes. Nestled in the historic Bonsecours Market, it is the best place to see the evolution of fashion over various eras. Get to know the impact of couture in societies and cultures through their vast collection ranging from the 19th through the 21st Centuries. These include preserved documents, designs and clothes. Look at the iconic creations of Christian Dior, Christian Chenail, Arnold Scaasi, Jocelyn Picard and more. Its easy to become fascinated by these lovely artistic expressions that will certainly transport you to a different world altogether. They also conduct creative workshops and educational activities for all age groups.
Galerie des métiers d'art hosts shows featuring the work of the most talented and skilled Quebec artisans. Situated in Bonsecours Market, this gallery showcases pieces of art designed from glass, ceramic and metal. Designers like Guys Levesque, Rosie Godbout and Ronald Labelle present their creations which include lamps, chairs, tables and apparels. You can also find exquisite jewelery designers and cabinet-makers in their collection. A perfect destination for those who acknowledge art and craftsmanship.
Galerie d'Art Le Bourget is a popular art gallery in Montreal. Established in 1997, it has been showcasing work of local as well as international artists on a regular basis. From oil paintings, to still life and abstract art, there are wide range of paintings from several artists. The art presented here is unique and beautiful. Artists such as Nathalie Chiasson, Raymond Caouette, Pascale Bellot and many more showcase their work. Drop by and see the beautiful artworks for yourself. Call for more information.
Once the residence of Governor Claude de Ramezay, Château Ramezay Museum chronicles the rich history of Montreal. It houses an impressive collection of antiques, photographs, paintings and costumes. Check the website or call ahead for more details.