Museum Options in Montreal, PQ

Montreal, PQ is the largest city in Quebec and the second-largest in Canada. You can't visit this city without touring the world-renowned museums that house some of the country's oldest artifacts and memorabilia. BBonline recommends the following museums in the area that you should include in your travel itinerary. Visit these places during your stay at a Montreal Inn.

Pointe-a-Calliere
350 Place Royale
Montreal, QC H2Y 2C9
(514) 872-9150 
www.pacmuseum.qc.ca         

This should be the starting point of your museum hopping in Montreal, PQ. This historic attraction was built on the actual site where the original colony settled in 1642. The building has a triangular structure that resembles the Royal Insurance building built in 1861 that stood in this site for decades. When you visit, attend the multimedia show in the auditorium to get to know more about the country's vast history. After that, tour the archaeological digs that are said to have been owned by Scottish merchants, Amerindians and French trappers. There's also the L'Arrivage Cafe, where you can relax and dine after a long day inside the museum.

Centre des Sciences de Montreal 
Vieux-Port
Quai King Edward         
(514) 496-4724 
www.montrealsciencecentre.com       

Also known as the Montreal PQ Science Center, this massive complex boasts of multimedia and interactive exhibitions and the very popular IMAX theater. The goal of this museum is to educate people about various facets of science and technology, including energy conservation, modern communications, biology and more. Although the target audience of the museum is youngsters age 9 to 14, it also manages to captivate adults.

Musee David M. Stewart 
Vieux Fort, Ile Ste-Helene
Montreal, QC H3C 2W9
(514) 861-6701 
www.stewart-museum.org     

If you plan to stay in a Montreal Bed and Breakfast downtown, you're likely to hear a gun salute every noontime. That sound would be coming from the David M. Stewart Museum. This museum is built inside what used to be a moated fortress constructed as a defense against possible American invasion. Today, the site attracts tourists who are amazed with the old architectural structures and with the staff that is dressed in period costumes performing historic tasks such as firing drills and campfire tending. The place is also home to maps, scientific gadgetry and other tools that were used by the Europeans to navigate to the new world from the 1500s to the 1700s.

Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal
185 rue Ste-Catherine ouest
Montreal, QC H2X 3X5
(514) 847-6226 
www.macm.org          

If you're a fan of contemporary art, this is the museum you should visit. This is the only one dedicated exclusively to modern artworks created since the 1930s. It showcases more than 7,000 pieces of art including the works of world famous Jean-Paul Riopelle and Betty Goodwin, along with international masters like Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, Sam Taylor-Wood and Nan Goldin. Aside from the permanent exhibitions, there are also mixed media installations, video displays, live music and exciting events. There's a glass-walled restaurant inside the museum called La Rotende, which offers summer dining on the patio and excellent dishes.