May 24th 2015 is Montreal’s Free Museum Day !
Have you ever had the chance to gaze up at Montreal’s night sky? How about coming up close and personal with a sloth? This Sunday you can as Montreal celebrates FREE Museum Day !
The annual Montreal Museums Day will be held this Sunday, May 24th , 2015, and this year 34+ museums from around the city will be offering free admission to their permanent and some temporary exhibits from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For those who would like to travel from one museum to another, Free STM shuttle buses following six different bus routes will be taking visitors from museum to museum in different parts of the city.
41 Montreal museums will participate in Museums Day, including some of the most popular ones below:
- Montreal Museum of Fine Arts ( Your last chance to explore the Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism. )
- Montreal Biodome ( The penguins are always a fan favorite )
- Montreal Science Centre ( Proposes, Science, Technology and Imax films)
- St. Joseph Oratory ( Over 500 miniatures creches to discover)
- The Biosphere ( Wonderful Environment museum)
- Montreal Museum for Contemporary Art ( Two takes on the permanent collection, one by museum director John Zeppetelli and a second exhibition organized by artist Geneviève Cadieux.
- Pointe-à-Callière (Learn about where Montreal was born and see a Pirates exhibit ! )
- Redpath Museum (150,000 fossils including dinosaur bones )
- Montreal Planetarium ( Two stunning shows Vertiges et Tempo)
- McCord Museum ( Horst: Photographer of Style, featuring the elegant work of fashion and portrait photographer Horst P. Horst
- Canadian Centre for Architecture ( presents a series of exhibitions that challenge viewers to think about the relationship between people and their domestic environment.)
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Take the TIME to discover the Stars and the origins of the Universe at the Montreal Planetarium.
Since November 12, 2014 as part of their “Hurry up and Slow down” theme, Montreal’s Space for Life recently launched Vertiges and Tempo: two new multimedia shows at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium.
Two new members of the 34 - museum group will participate in Montreal Museum Day for the first time: the Musée de l’Imprimerie du Québec in Old Montreal. (displaying printed works from as early as 1764) and the Canadian Guild of Crafts that will display Inuit and Aboriginal art.
Tips for the Day:
- Some Museum will offer access to Free Features & Special Events such as meeting with special guests, food tastings and even art workshops and science experiments. Best to plan ahead and reserve your spot if possible!)
- Select museums may offer special activities in addition to free access to costly temporary exhibits. (These locations have in the past been the most crowded.)
- Save the cost and frustration of parking and make use of the Free Shuttle Buses and Museum Routes set up for the public's convenience. The shuttle bus central departure location is near Place-des-Arts Metro's Jeanne-Mance exit, on the edge of Place des Festivals at the corner of Jeanne-Mance and de Maisonneuve (map). The public can also use the STM
- Pick two or three museums or circuits max. (The odds are that with the line up you will not be able to cover more than a few museums. Pick your favorites on the same circuit and plan ahead of time.)
- Beat the crowds. (Avoid the most popular museums first thing in the morning such as the Biodome and MoFA) and avoid the central departure location for free shuttles first thing in the morning.