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Arts & Museums
Maison Saint-Gabriel in Pointe-Saint-Charles was established as a home to members of the Royal family more than 300 years ago. A recognized national monument as of 1965, and a designated National Historic Site of Canada since 2007, the Maison Saint-Gabriel was deemed a museum from 1966. Featuring over 10,000 artifacts and various objects ranging from clothing, furniture, tools, equipment, art and other ephemera since the early 1700s, it is one of the oldest remaining buildings in the city.
An artist-run organization that promotes the art of glass blowing, Espace Verre is not only a gallery, but also a comprehensive organization that offers educational and professional development programs, seminars and workshops aimed at promoting and invigorating the art of glass blowing. Espace Verre also has a boutique, where you can purchase original glass pieces created by artists associated with the school. For every purchase, a large percentage goes back to the artist. The organization also sells works on their online portal.
If you are a connoisseur of art then Galerie Avenue Art is the place to be. The place is a lucrative platform for budding Canadian artists as well as reputed names in the art circuit. The ambiance of the gallery is peaceful and the decor is elegant with lovely paintings and art works at display. The gallery is known to hold exhibitions as well as competitions to encourage talent. Overall, Avenue Art is a pleasant place to be, and a must-visit for art lovers. Visit website for more information.
Located in the heart of Old Montreal amid a rich cultural heritage, this museum is dedicated to the works of one of Quebec's greatest painters, Marc-Aurèle Fortin. Generally considered one of the leading landscape painters of this century, Fortin single-handedly transformed the art of realistic landscape painting. The museum features many of his greatest works, as well as those of both established and rising Quebec artists.
This interactive museum presents the history of Montreal from 1642 to the present day. There are eight exhibition halls, each presenting a different era in Montreal's history. Period furniture and objects, videos, slides, theatrical recreations and audio recordings are available. Guidebooks are available in both French and English.
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.
Built in the Palladian Revival style by ace architect John Ostell, the old custom house was the first of its kind in the city. Built between 1836 and 1838, the building, embodying the glorious history of Montreal, is located amongst many other historically significant structures. Now a part of the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, the site functions as a gift shop and was designated a National Historic Site of Canada as of 1997.
Montréal Science Centre is a science and technology center that has quickly become one of the Old Port's biggest attractions. Along with the IMAX theater, there are a number of major permanent exhibitions including the world's first electricity-to-water and water-to-wind transformers, and various temporary exhibitions which anchor the museum. Experience science in a whole new way as the hands-on and interactive exhibits open your eyes to new wonders, and teach you a lesson or two about how science functions in our daily life. Helping children and adults translate text book knowledge in to reality, Montréal Science Centre is not just an attraction, but also an invaluable educational resource. The food court is on site and will keep you fueled as you uncover the mysteries of science.
Built on the site where the city's founders first landed, this history and archaeology museum opened exactly 350 years after the event, in 1992. Pointe-à-Callière Museum stands on the remains of original historical buildings, and parts of the old fortification walls are on display. It features a multimedia show and an underground archaeological tour, along with various temporary exhibits. Highlights include the triangular Éperon Building, the former Customs House, and Place Royale. Kids will especially enjoy learning first hand what it means to be an archaeologist in a fun engaging manner with the engaging Archaeo-Adventure Exhibition, while the Pirates or Privateers exhibition will thrill them as they learn about life on the High-seas. With plenty of events and activities, the museum is a true cultural hub in the city. For details on upcoming exhibitions please visit the website.
One of the most well established private galleries in Montreal, this prestigious space specializes in contemporary Canadian art, especially in the Inuit communities from the north. Pieces range from traditional soapstone carvings to surprisingly complex and occasionally harrowing depictions of animals and other figures. Elca caters to a very upscale clientele.
The Gallerie Art and Culture is a gallery dedicated to Canadian arts from the 19th and 20th Century. They have a number of works on display by artists like Yvon Provost, Marek Zoltak, Ng Poon Keung, Chui Wang and Robert Galli to name a few. The Gallery is noted for housing ancient arts, they have a large collection of paintings and sculptures from around the world. Art lovers can head to this gallery for exploring creativity in the pages of Canadian art history.
DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art is an exhibition space housed in a converted, historic building in the heart of Old Montreal. A privately endowed foundation, DHC/ART is a permanent location for exciting and relevant temporary visual arts exhibitions and projects. Accessible and welcoming, with free admission and flexible opening hours, the foundation is an important addition to Montreal's cultural life. DHC/ART aims to be a leading venue for contemporary art in Canada, attracting visitors to Montreal for its dynamic programming which reflects the global nature of art today.