Old Montreal ("Vieux Montreal") has an incredible collection of old, historical and signifant buildings that attest to the 400 year history of the city.
Bank of Montréal Building
119 Saint-Jacques Street West
Montréal, Québec, (514) 877-6810
Founded in 1817, Bank of Montréal is the oldest banking institution in the country. The imposing 1847 evokes the power of ancient Rome, and the lavish interior was redesigned in 1905, to highlight the success of this institution. Visitors are also welcome at the Bank of Montréal Museum.
350 Saint-Paul Street East
Montréal, Québec, H2Y 1H2
(514) 872-7730 Fax: (514) 872-8477
The Bonsecours Market opened in 1847 and remains a symbol of Montréal's heyday, and has been the city's main agricultural marketplace for over a century. Over the years, it housed a concert hall and served as a city hall. Its symmetrical composition and Greek Revival portico with English-forged cast-iron columns, s tin-plated dome along with simple and varied of the time. Recent renovations have revitalized its bustling marketplace to include sidewalk cafés, shops and exhibitions.
Château Ramezay Museum
280 Notre-Dame Street East
Montréal, Québec, H2Y 1C5
(514) 861-3708 fax: (514) 861-8317
An 18th century governor's residence houses rich collections which showcase the history of Montréal and Québec, from Amerindian prehistory to the early 20th century. The Museum has a boutique and its outdoor café has a view of the magnificent Governor's Garden. Open June 1 to September 30: daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; October 1 to May 31: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission: $4.00 Children, $5.00 Students, $7.00 Adults, $6.00 Senior Citizens, $15.00 Families, $4.50 to 6.00 Groups. Groups: special rates, guided tours with reservation.
Centre d'histoire de Montréal
335 Place d'Youville
Montréal, Québec, H2Y 3T1
(514) 872-3207 Fax: (514) 872-9645
Square-Victoria / Place-d'Armes METRO
This charming museum shows the history of Montréal, going back to 1535 as told through spectacular old images, visual effects, personal testimonies and intriguing artefacts. Allow 1-2 hours. Open January 22 to April 29 and September 10 to December 7: Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30 to September 7: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission : $ 3 Children, $ 3 Students, $ 5 Adults, $ 3 Senior Citizens, $ 13 Families, $1.75 to 2.25 Groups, Group rates available.
275 Notre-Dame Street East
Montréal, Québec, (514) 872-3355
The building was constructed 1872 to 1878, and survived a severe fire in 1922. And it was from the City Hall balcony that French President General de Gaulle uttered his famous 1967 cry "Vive le Québec libre!" ("Long live free Québec") during a state visit. And, at dusk, when it is spectacularly lit.
745 Ottawa Street
Montréal, Québec, H3C 1R8
(514) 392-1554 Fax: (514) 392-0579
The 1880 Darling Foundry was recently converted into an arts centre by the Quartier Éphémère which intervenes to preserve industrial heritage. The Foundry was originally established in the industrial quarter and contributed to the development of Montréal's industry and the port. After a decade of abandonment, the arts centre , to fay in the core of the in the heart of the Cité du multimédia , supports the works and performances of young artists from Québec and elsewhere. The building houses offices, workshops, a sound studio, an exhibition gallery and a café-restaurant, the ArtBar Cluny.
40 Saint-Paul Street West
Montréal, Québec, H2Y 1Y8
(514) 845-3368 Fax: (514) 845-6425
The Gallery specialises in contemporary art, photography, and rare artifacts from around the world. The theme of Pangée (or Pangea in English) is exploration through the arts and culture. Open: daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hôtel-Dieu Stores (Cours Le Royer)
Corner of Saint-Paul and Saint-Sulpice Streets
Montréal, Québec, Canada
The many large buildings erected in the 1860s and 70s show the commercial vitality here during the city's industrialization. The boutiques built at that time, at the former Hôtel-Dieu site, combine technological innovation with refined architectural style, and is one of the first revitalization of old commercial buildings into modern offices, businesses and residences.
La Cité de Julie Papineau
(514) 844-4021 Fax: (514) 844-1840 toll-free: 1 800 363-4021
Take a guided tour of Old Montréal with a professional guide playing the role of 19th-century Julie Papineau, wife of the Patriotes' leader, Louis-Joseph Papineau. Two itineraries, for Old Montréal East or West. Open: Tours for individuals or groups: Groups can set the day and time of your choice.. Admission.
Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum and Notre-Dame-de Bon-Secours Chapel
400 Saint-Paul Street East
Montréal, Québec, H2Y 1H4
(514) 282-8670 Fax: (514) 282-8672
The 1658 Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, the oldest stone chapel of Montréal, has retained its primary purpose as a place of pilgrimage, with beautiful interior ornamentation to create an atmosphere of reflection and quiet wonder. Visit on ongoing the archaeological site at the foundations of Montréal's first stone church with artifacts from of the Amerindian way of life. The rooms of the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum display objects and works of art related to the history of the Chapel and to the life of Marguerite Bourgeoys, Montréal's first teacher. Access the highest publicly accessible lookout spot in Old Montréal for a magnificent view of the river and the harbour. Open: May to October, Tuesday through Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; November to mid-January and March and April, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission: $3.00 Children, $4.00 Students, $6.00 Adults, $4.00 Senior Citizens, $12.00 Families, Group rates available.
Musée d'art urbain (Art Museum)
(514) 284-4936 Fax: (514) 284-7397
The Musée d'art urbain maintains a permanent network of outdoor exposition sites in high density urban zones. It features contemporary art in a monumental scale, with artworks accessible for the public all day and night, on a year-round basis, with no admission fees.
Musée Marc-Aurèle Fortin
118 Saint-Pierre Street
Montréal, Québec, H2Y 2L7
(514) 845-6108 Fax: (514) 845-6100
This museum is devoted to the works of Marc-Aurèle Fortin, a painter whose innovations have transformed the art of landscape, now considered one of the great landscape painters of the last century. The museum also features current exhibitions of other Québec artists. Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $3.00 Students, $5.00 Adults, $4.00 Senior Citizens, Groups.
Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History
350 Place Royale
Montréal, Québec, H2Y 3Y5
(514) 872-9150 Fax: (514) 872-8585
A national historic site, Pointe-à-Callière houses a museum with four main parts: the Éperon building, a modern structure set on the ruins of older buildings, the archaeological crypt in the basement, the renovated Ancienne-Douane (Old Customs House) and the Youville Pumping Station. The neo-classic 1838 Old Customs House, was one of the first architectural elements to attest to the British presence in Montréal, and was designed by John Ostell, architect, engineer and surveyor. You can take either self-guided tours or take in interpreter-guides at different points along the tour route who can answer any questions. Open: September 3 to June 23: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 24 to September 1: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $3.50 Children, $6.00 Students, $10.00 Adults, $7.50 Senior Citizens, $20.00 Families, Group rates available.
130 Notre-Dame Street West
The "Vieux Séminaire" erected between 1684 and 1687 is the oldest building in Montréal. It was extended 20 years later by the Messrs of Saint-Sulpice who ran the Notre-Dame parish and were seigneurs of the island of Montréal for nearly two centuries. This striking historical structure, a true symbol of continuity, is a prime example of institutional New France architecture. Its clock, dating back to 1701, would be the oldest of its kind in North America.
Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site of Canada
458 Notre-Dame Street East
Montréal, Québec, H2Y 1C8
(514) 283-2282 Fax: (514) 283-5560 Toll-free: 1 800 463-6769
This interactive museum, featuring the 19th century Victorian setting. Period animation and exhibits in a cozy atmosphere explain the life and times of Sir George-Étienne Cartier, one of the Fathers of Confederation in 1867. Open: March 31 to May 23 and September 8 to December 19: Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 25 to September 5: daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $0.00 to 2.50 Children, $ 3 Students, $ 4 Adults, $ 4 Senior Citizens, $ 10 Families.
The Clock Tower
Old Port of Montréal, Clock Tower Pier
(514) 496-PORT (7678) Toll Free 1 800 971-PORT (7678)
The 1922 Clock Tower commemorated the courage of the men of the Merchant Marine who served and died during World War I. The top provides a splendid view of Montréal. Open: May 10 and 11 and September 2 to 28: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 to June 20 and August 18 to September 1: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 21 to August 17: daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Three Courthouses
1, 100 and 155 Notre-Dame Street East
The 1856 courthouse at number 155 was designed in the sober neo-classic tradition typical of the first half of the 19th century; with the top floor and dome added later. The 1925 Ernest-Cormier building at number 100 features a classic and imposing colonnade. From then until the 1970s, the old courthouse handled civil issues while the new one dealt with criminal matters. The modern courthouse at 1 Notre-Dame East now handles all cases, with the Ernest-Cormier building soon housing the Québec Court of Appeal.
World Trade Centre Montréal
747 du Square-Victoria Street
Montréal, Québec, H2Y 3Y9
(514) 982-9888 Fax: (514) 982-0170
The World Trade Centre Montréal is a complex with exceptional architecture. Discover this magnificent indoor city with the Ruelle des Fortifications and a section of the Berlin Wall. The Centre, which is fully integrated into the city's underground network, also houses the prestigious Hôtel InterContinental Montréal as well as many boutiques, restaurants and services.
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