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Centre d'Histoire de Montreal

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Address: 335 place d'Youville, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3T1, Canada
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+1 514-872-3207
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Located in a former fire station, this museum explores Montreal's history...

Located in a former fire station, this museum explores Montreal's history from the 1600s to the present.

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Quick Intro to Montreal History

We visited at the end of a day of exploring Old Montreal. We started the day at the Pointe A Calliere Museum and then the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum @ Notre Dame Bon Secours... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited at the end of a day of exploring Old Montreal. We started the day at the Pointe A Calliere Museum and then the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum @ Notre Dame Bon Secours. By the time we made it to Centre d'Histoire de Montreal, we only had about 45 minutes to see the first floor exhibits (ended up being just... More 

Thank bmpaczak
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a small museum in a lovely building. Unfortunately, all you can do is read and there's no other way the city's history is explained. It's definitely not for kids! We didn't feel welcome because there was a guided tour with about 20 people happening at the same time and every time the group entered the "room" there was no... More 

Thank Lina M
Mexico City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Interesting museum while walking by. Very little, but interesting exhibitions of Montreal history, especially immigration and mafia times.

Thank kartikmexico
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed this museum and the information available. Really enjoyed the "scandal" exhibition on the upper floor, but the whole museum is really well done with great info. Worth a visit!

Thank Cara C
Hong Kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This is not a very big museum but it is well laid out and very clearly explains the history of the city and the area. The displays are interestingly modern to talk about the past and the experience is very enjoyable.

Thank JeffBHongKong
Knoxville, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Through several small rooms offering information on different points along the timeline of Montreal's history--precolonial with First Nations, colonial with the first settlement, etc.--this museum acquaints visitors with how today's Montreal came to be. Rooms often have a small display representing a typical family or that period and a model of a typical house. The site of the museum itself,... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This is a nice, small museum that provides an affordable & quick historical perspective of Montreal. We went through it in about an hour.

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

I took my elderly mom to visit on a Sunday . The show s ads were more exciting than the show . It is a good thing to visit if you have the time

Thank RimaH152
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Montreal is full of history and this is a great place to start your visit. Both the permanent and temporary exhibits were great. Only takes 60-90 minutes

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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

Small museum about the histtory of the city of Montreal, I liked it but it's not very interactive though. I really like the temporary exhibition about the vice and crime in Montreal between 1920-40 with a lot of interviews to people that worked at the time.

Thank Mbraes

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