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Canadian Centre for Architecture (Centre Canadien d'Architecture)

Centre-Ville (Downtown)
As featured in Museum Guide for Montreal
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Address: 1920 rue Baile, Montreal, Quebec H3H 2S6, Canada
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+1 514-939-7026
11:00 - 18:00
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This museum includes several galleries dedicated to various architectural...

This museum includes several galleries dedicated to various architectural styles and serves as an interesting example of postmodern architecture itself.

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Went to see use of old building incorporated with new architecture, temporary exhibits, bookstore. Enjoyable visit.

Reviewed 21 January 2017
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ontario, canada
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

If you are a museum, gallery, and/or architecture fan, then the CCA will probably be a highlight of Montreal for you. It is on the west side of the city, just a short walk from some good shopping and restaurants, as well as Concordia and McGill universities. It always has some kind of original and inventive exhibition, whether about art,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Went to see use of old building incorporated with new architecture, temporary exhibits, bookstore. Enjoyable visit.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Small museum with some limited interesting exhibits. Good place to get out of the cold for a couple of hours. Had some nice info on early Montreal and there was a special exhibition from a private collection on Asia which has some interesting pieces.

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Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

As an architect i was happy when i found this Centre. There are plans, models and temporary exhibits, but all in a few rooms. I don't think it represents all what Montreal has in its rich construction history. The bookstore is worth the visit and maybe the activities through out the year keeps it more enjoyable.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Not just for the specialist. Have a look at the website for exhibitions, lectures, seminars, concerts, family activities. You are bound to find something of interest. An enormously pleasing building incorporating a really lovely 19th century house. Welcoming, knowledgeable staff; admission includes periodic guided tours. Sculpture garden, excellent bookshop. Montreal is is very lucky to have such a place.

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Reviewed 7 May 2016

We thought that Montreal would have a fine exhibition of various architectural styles and were keen to visit. On arrival, there was no signs to direct us to the entrance and so we walked around the entire building before realising that the unmarked door was it. To be fair, they said they were between exhibits which meant that almost all... More 

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Reviewed 21 April 2016

I have seen a great retrospective of Mies van der Rohe here a few years ago. Phillis Bronfman-Lambert, is an avid fan of Mies, having worked with him on the Seagram Building in New York,(belongs to her Family). ..Lately , there was a great show on Portugal 's yearning for Affordable Habitat..an exercise by Architectt Professors and their Students, meeting... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 5 March 2016

I read about the Canadian Centre for Architecture and, despite inclement weather, made the trek and enjoyed an hour-long visit. Perhaps the weather was keeping others away, but the galleries were quiet. I loved it! Great displays and excellent bookstore/gift shop.

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

The CCA is a labor of love built and founded by Phyllis Lambert. An amazing woman with an indefatigable amount of energy. She brought European modernism to North America with her will and with that same passion has built the CCA, for generations to come to appreciate architecture and urbanism on the same level one would do so for art.... More 

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Reviewed 29 September 2015 via mobile

Included as one of the museums in the museum and ATM package, the CCA is a fabulous place to visit. Located near Guy, on Rene Lesvesque Blvd, the centre is an amalgam of old and new architecture. The old section features the home and solarium, with original woodwork, and mechanical parts used to vent the greenhouse. Regular international architectural exhibitions... More 

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