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Centre d'Histoire de Montreal

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Address: 335 place d'Youville, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3T1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 514-872-3207
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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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Small but well organized

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 2 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 15 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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henderson, Nv
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

The price was only $5 canadian for seniors. The exhibits are well done and there are little short movies for each section of exhibits that you can sit down and watch. It really does a good job of Montreal's history as well as it's relation to the growth of North America.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Very well-done at all levels. Showed evolution of Montreal for all people; races, ethnicities, social level, economic levels. My only surprise is that there wasn't more hockey history in the hockey-crazy country. NoTE: the upstairs portion has a section not suitable for young children(and noted as such with signage).

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Three different types of exhibits to see... one quite "historical" from the early 1600 settlement years, another on the demise and rebirth of the Griffintown area (video) and another, quite unexpected, on the history of Montreal criminal organizations and their involvement in liquor and vice and much else. The latter, as you might expect, not recommended for children. All in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

The crime and morality exhibition was featured during my visit to this wonderful little museum. The exhibit was very well-organized and researched and gave a fascinating and captivating insight into a period of Montreal history that I was only vaguely aware of. I highly recommend a visit. The main floor of the centre is dedicated to a permanent display on... More 

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