Old Montréal: North American capital of urban culture - Tourisme Montréal Blog


Old Montréal: North American capital of urban culture

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, you’ll enjoy exploring and dining in a living period piece. Welcome to one of North America’s most beautifully preserved and active heritage areas, where cobblestones lead to culture.



Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History

Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History is where the city’s story bursts forth into life, with full-dress costume re-enactments, exhibitions and interactive displays spanning the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Explore the archaeological dig, then plunge into the multimedia show Yours Truly, Montréal.

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Centre d’histoire de Montréal

Stroll along the St. Lawrence River or through the cobblestone streets to the Centre d’histoire de Montréal. Housed in a gorgeous 1903 firehouse near the site of Canada’s first parliamentary building, the museum presents multimedia exhibitions on Montréal’s history and identity.

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Notre-Dame Basilica

Make a pilgrimage to Notre-Dame Basilica, a stunning Gothic Revival church. With its sculpted wood interior, its starry-night ceiling of ravishing gold and blue colours, and an array of stained glass windows depicting scenes from Montréal’s past, Notre-Dame is a visual feast.

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PHI Centre

Discover the PHI Centre, a burst of the contemporary amidst the historical. A daring new interdisciplinary artistic complex integrated into a structure dating back to 1861, the entire venue can be transformed to accommodate everything from visual arts to live music.

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DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art

The DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art hosts exciting and daring modern exhibitions in a converted historic building. Admission is free.

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Arsenal - Contemporary Art

Next stop, Griffintown. Follow the Lachine Canal westward to this neighbourhood once described as the Irish Gateway to North America. Head to the Arsenal, an exhibition halls/creation centre offering an eccentric visionary take on contemporary art in former industrial building.

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    / Jan 23rd

    yes you are right that Montreal is the fusion of past, present and future. north American culture is different from other countries. thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Keep it up.



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