Fun cultural musts in downtown Montréal - Tourisme Montréal Blog


Fun cultural musts in downtown Montréal

Montréal is always a good idea, and continues to be a top tourist destination for several reasons, one of which is the profusion of cultural highlights. World-class museums, music shows and art galleries abound for the enjoyment of culture-savvy travellers on the lookout for fun new entertainment. The downtown area is particularly rich in these attractions and is a definite must during your next adventure in Montréal.



Canadian Centre for Architecture

Visit the sophisticated CCA to not only learn more about architecture in all its forms, but also discover fascinating contemporary art exhibitions. The centre’s beautiful gardens and fantastic bookstore are also both worth the trip.

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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The MMFA’s acclaimed permanent collection is always on view, and the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Québec and Canadian Art is a mandatory stop. But most of the museum’s visitors come for the temporary exhibitions, which run the gamut from historic European art to fashion designer monographies to exhibitions on an aspect of pop culture.

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McCord Museum

Drop by this most important history museum in Canada, whose thought-provoking and gigantic permanent collection (it comprises some 1,400,000 items) exposes the secrets of Montréal’s history in a modern and interesting way. The temporary exhibitions are also fascinating, often featuring local artists.

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Grévin Montréal

Make sure to pay a visit to this wax museum located on the top floor of the Montreal Eaton Centre. It’s the first North American branch of the famous Parisian museum, featuring over 120 wax figures of celebrities, from Barack Obama to Michael Jackson to Montréal’s own legendary ultimate fighter, Georges St-Pierre.

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Right on Sainte-Catherine Street’s busy shopping strip, the Belgo building is a historic five story industrial structure that once housed garment manufacturers and furriers. Today, the Belgo is a hub of contemporary visual arts and home to over 30 galleries and artist’s studios, open and free to visit every day but Sundays and Mondays.

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Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

This contemporary art institution is a hotspot for local creativity, always bustling with events, classes, lectures, live music nights and parties known as the Nocturnes. Membership is a song, and provides access to all of the above. Catch the temporary exhibitions featuring artists from Québec, Canada and abroad.

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Galerie de L’UQAM

This university gallery goes well beyond the educational, with astute programming that includes lectures, publications and art by always-interesting artists including, in the past, Shary Boyle, David Altmejd and Michael Snow. The gallery is active on a global scale, with frequent participations in the Venice Biennale.

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Galerie MX

Gallery-hop on down to this venue, which showcased the work of both established and emerging artists. Aptly situated in the Quartier international, this creative hotspot brings together art pieces from all over the world, plus exhibits them in mock living rooms so you can predict what each piece would look like in your home.

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Culture is in the air at the Quartier des spectacles

Montréal has established a tried and tested reputation as a city of culture where creativity in all its forms flourishes, emerges, and seduces year long, especially in the entertainment district: the Quartier des spectacles. Here’s an itinerary to help you…

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Old Montréal and Griffintown: North American cultural capital

With over 370 years of history, Montréal is one of the oldest and most storied cities on the continent. Considered Canada’s Cultural Capital, Montréal is the perfect fusion of past, present and future – and down by the riverside in Old Montréal,…

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Old Montréal: Everything for the family

Filled with history, charm and unique architecture, Old Montréal is an absolute must for strolls and exploration with the family. Walk its cobblestone streets, and you’ll discover everything from cool spots for a bite to historical sites, museums and loads…

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