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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
10:00 - 17:00
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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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Overview of Montreal history designed to engage children and families

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Mary T
Knoxville, United States
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Knoxville, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

This is a small museum but extremely well done. The first floor goes through the history of Montreal in different steps, with different ways of presenting information. The second floor has a temporary exhibition about the Scandal! era in Montreal - during prohibition, Americans came up here to drink. there was Italian mafia and Jewish mafia and home-grown corruption but... More 

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Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

We stumbled on this former fire station that has been turned into a great little museum. There is the tale of the city of course but the specific exhibit about its more recent past was most interesting and well put together. A must I our book. Good value and helpful for staff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

While in Montreal last year, we stopped at this museum near closing time. We were told that it would take about an hour to visit it and so we didn't enter. This year, we decided to make this museum a priority and were happy we did. The entry fee of $5 or $6 is a bargain. It took us an... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

The history center is in one of the first fire stations in the city. It is in the Old Montreal section and is an impressive building that has been repurposed to be a museum of Montreal history. There is a fee to enter, but its reasonable. Some of the exhibits show the history of the building itself and how it... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

This small, affordable museum was extremely well curated! You will learn a lot about Montreal without spending much money and in a short visit. I am a history museum buff and have never seen such as we'll done use of video screens to bring old maps to life! Creative temporary exhibit in the2nd floor and the oral histories of Griffintown... More 

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