Science, Technology and Nature Museums

The Redpath Museum is a natural history museum at McGill University. It has a large collection of ancient and modern animals and plants, including dinosaur skeletons. There is a large geology section (rocks, stones, metals, crystals, etc.) It also has real mummies from ancient Egypt. Admission is by donation. It is closed on Saturdays.

  • 859 Sherbrooke West (on McGill Campus); Metro McGill

The Biosphere is a museum about the environment, especially the environment of the Saint Lawrence River ecosystem. It is on Saint Helen’s Island in Jean-Drapeau Park in the geodesic dome of the old American pavilion of Expo 67. The dome was designed by Buckminster Fuller.  It is open every day, but in winter it is closed on Monday. It costs $8 for students with and extra 25% off for users of “green transportation”.

  • Metro Jean-Drapeau, look for the dome (about a 2 minute walk)

The Montreal Science Centre [Centre des Sciences du Montréal]is a museum of science and technology with a permanent exhibition called Technocity and an IMAX and IMAX 3D theatre. It is in the Old Port. The IMAX shows movies about nature or science. It costs $11.50. There are special exhibitions, too. It is open every day.

  • King Edward Pier in the Old Port, bottom of Saint-Laurent Boulevard. 10 minute walk from Metro Place d’Armes

The Ecomuseum is an 11-hectare wildlife education park. It if full of animals and plants native to this part of Canada – the Saint Lawrence River valley. The Ecomuseum is in Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue on the West Island. You need a car or bus to go. It is open every day from 9:00 to 5:00. Admission is $15.

  • 21125 chemin Sainte-Marie, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Highway 40, Exit 41.

At the Canadian Centre for Architecture, you can see exhibitions on architecture and buildings of the past, present and future. It is in a very interesting building not far from Concordia University and the Faubourg, between St. Marc Street and Fort Street, René-Lévesque Boulevard and Baile Street. Across street, there is an interesting sculpture park. Admission is free for students. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

  • 1920 Baile Street;  Metro Guy-Concordia

Exporail is the Canadian railway museum with a large collection of train engines and cars covering the many years of Canadian railway history. If you like trains, you will love this museum. It costs $11 for students. Open daily in the summer months, but only on weekends during the winter.

  • 110 Saint Pierre Street, Saint Constant (about 25 minutes by car from downtown Montreal)
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