September 2, 2014—The title of this particular free Montréal tourist map sums it all up: More than 100 works of public art in Montréal: 5 tours to discover.
Free to the public, the map highlights five different routes designed to help visitors discover Montréal, its heritage and rich cultural diversity, through compelling works of public art. The chosen works have been selected to illustrate the diversity of Montréal’s public art offering and run the gamut from commemorative monuments to contemporary masterpieces.
Each circuit has been developed around a museum and as such, focuses on a specific city locality.
Downtown knowledge and heritage tour:
Starting out from the McGill University campus, this tour winds its way to majestic public gathering places sprinkled throughout the downtown core, with interesting facts and charming stories along the way.
Historical tour: From the old city to the new
Jump back in time as you walk along the narrow streets and experience the famous sites of Old Montréal, the birthplace of the bustling metropolis that Montréal is today!
Tour among the trees in Parc Jean-Drapeau
Meander through a magnificent park, once the site of the Expo 67 World’s Fair, with the St. Lawrence River as your backdrop and multiple public works to discover in amongst the trees.
Contemporary neighbourhood discovery tour
Explore the Quartier des spectacles, an eclectic – and electric! – neighbourhood where creativity, innovation, production and diffusion harmoniously co-exist with unique artworks.
Museum of Fine Arts and environs tour
In addition to the large sculpture garden located outside the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this tour visits several privately-owned works for a wonderful mix of artistic tastes and genres.
The tours can be enjoyed on foot, by bike (why not hop on a BIXI?) or public transit. Maps are available at the Infotouriste Centre located at 1255 Peel Street and at the Tourist Welcome Office in Old Montréal at 174, Notre-Dame Street East.