Everyone loves culture but paying for it can get pricey. Since Montreal seems to have almost as many museums as it does parks, a proper survey of them all would require a second and possibly third job. However, with some crafty scheduling one can dine out every day of the week on a different slice of art, history, architecture and more…
Free Factor: M-F 9am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5 pm (aka always)
Located at McGill University, this home to bones, fossils, minerals and all manner of cool old things doubles as a teaching facility for grad students. On March 28th, the Redpath opens a special exhibit featuring some of the Blaschka glass models
859 Sherbrooke Street West, (514) 398-4086 ext. 00549
Free Factor: Permanent Collection is always free
Except for Mondays when the museum is closed, the MMFA’s range of permanent collections are always open to the public. European Art (from Monet to Picasso), Canadian Art, Decorative Arts, Mediterranean Archaeology, Contemporary Art and more, there really is something for everyone. Be warned though: their temporary exhibitions host some of the most interesting and wide-ranging shows in the world, so you might want to bring the wallet just to be safe.
1380 Sherbrooke Street West, 514-285-1600, ext. 440 or 1-800-899-MUSE
Free Factor: Wednesday nights 5-9pm
The MACM is clearly Montreal’s coolest museum. Not only do they host the Vendredi Nocturnes, but they’ve got some of the most interesting contemporary art in the world on display for all you cultured cheapos. Right now you can step into the wonderfully bizarre world of Marcel Dzama and absorb the work of Montreal painter Etienne Zack plus a great deal more.
185, Sainte-Catherine West, Telephone: 514 847-6226
Free Factor: Thursday nights 5:30-9pm
The CCA is a research centre devoted to the craft and art of architecture and their permanent collection contains photographs and drawings that show how the two come together. Some of the currently featured exhibitions include Take Note, which looks at the relationship between writing and architecture, and Starting From…Windows, which probably doesn’t need to be explained. As you might imagine the building itself is worth the visit.
1920 Baile, (514) 939-7026
And don’t worry my frugal fresco friends, there’s a Free Montreal Museum Part II in the works…