Centre d'Histoire de Montréal

Old Montréal

The Montréal History Center has 300-plus artifacts that illustrate the city’s eventful past while focusing on its social history. You can listen to the tales of long-lost neighborhoods, or travel back in time while watching archival footage from the '40s and '60s.

The Centre d'Histoire de Montréal will be closed down from 2020 to reopen as the MEM (Mémoire des Montréalais) in 2021 in a new location in the Place des Arts district. Check the website for updates.

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1. Centre Phi

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One of Old Montréal's most innovative art incubators, Centre Phi stages thought-provoking exhibitions, embracing a wide range of styles and genres. Four…

2. Musée des Sœurs-Grises

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Dedicated to St Marguerite d’Youville, founder of the community of the Sisters of Charity, better known as the Grey Nuns, this museum has a small but…

3. Fondation Phi

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Opened in 2007, this excellent contemporary-art gallery in a heritage building features mind-bending works by artists such as Valérie Belin, Ryoji Ikeda…

5. Mariners' House

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Part of the Pointe-à-CallièreCité d'archéologie et d'histoire de Montréal, the Mariners' House hosts a simulated archaeological dig (great for kids) and…

6. Rue de l’Hôpital & Around

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Named for a hospice set up by nuns in the 17th century, the Rue de l’Hôpital and adjoining streets are full of architectural quirks and highlights. On the…

7. Old Customs House

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The former customs house was built in 1836 and lies on a historic stretch of Old Montréal.

8. Place Royale

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This little square in the west of Old Montréal marks the spot where the first fort, Ville-Marie, was erected. Defense was a key consideration due to…