Canadian Centre for Architecture
(Centre Canadien d'Architecture)

Anyone with an interest in architecture and design will want to add the CCA in Montreal to their must see list

Inside the Canadian Centre for Architecture
Inside the Canadian Centre for Architecture cc licensed photo by goatling

The Canadian Centre for Architecture is an international research centre and museum, founded in 1979 by Phyllis Lambert. She was convinced that architecture should be a public concern and aimed to raise public awareness of the role architecture plays in society as well as to promote research and stimulate innovation in this field.

The Centre is home to one of the world's biggest research collections in the field of architecture. There are various publications, conceptual studies, drawings and plans, pictures and models and other artefacts. The works cover everything from the Renaissance to the present day.

The building which houses the Canadian Centre for architecture was designed by Peter Rose in collaboration with consulting architect, Phyllis Rose, and associate architect, Erol Argun. It was integrated with the Shaughnessy House designed by William T. Thomas - a historic mansion that came close to being demolished for road development, before being purchased and restored. The entire complex covers 130,000 square feet, including the 20,000 square foot Shaughnessy House.

The gardens are a work of restoration of an area which was deeply scarred by highway engineering in the 20th century. They were designed by Melvin Charney during the Quebec governments bid to combine art and architecture and laid out in a series of narratives which speak of the history of architecture and the city.

The Centre offers a range of education programs and hosts various architecture related events and Exhibitions throught the year. Full details of these events can be found on their official website linked below. They feature items such as the H-Block building of the Maze Prison in Northern Island and Casablanca Chandigarh, an exhibition suggestive of histiography of two major urban experiments which took place in the Global South. Each exhibit is curated by a different group of architects.

The centre is wheelchair friendly and there is limited parking available. There are also various tours on offer for those who wish to be guided through the different departments and exhibits.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes - Please see the website for the full admission costs schedule. Students and children are permitted free entrance. Free admission on Thursdays after 5:30pm.

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: 1920 Rue Baile, Montréal, QC H3H 2S6, Canada

Phone: (514) 939-7026

Official Website: Centre Canadien d'Architecture

Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating We went there on the Sunday February 4th 2024 in a group and had quite some interesting exposition! We were hoping to see the other part of the museum (the archive and the tea section upstairs) but it was closed unfortunately 😔 Beside that, it was a very big place to be and was perfect for a group of 8 people to explore around ! ❣️❣️❣️
Annyra Ly - in the last week

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5 Star Rating The Canadian Centre for Architecture is a small and interesting place showcasing a few interesting exhibits involving architecture and photography. If you’re looking for something different and don’t have much time you may want to consider swinging by. If nothing else, you can learn about things not normally found in your everyday museum.
Tim Lam - 3 months ago

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4 Star Rating Great photography exhibit! The way they positioned the stand was very thoughtful and paired with documentaries of the photographer. It makes it even better. Would definitely recommend it to anyone and photography lovers.
zhang zh - 5 months ago

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4 Star Rating Visited on the first Sunday of the month so it was free, it’s also free for students. I liked the exhibition they had, it was called « The Lives of Documents—Photography as Project ». They also have a library. Definitely recommend
Linda Abidi - 6 months ago

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5 Star Rating It's a small museum—basically two exhibit spaces and some hallway displays—but the content is incredibly well-curated, and the library is no joke either. Ideal for academic types who don't mind an austere, pensive atmosphere, and are prepared to really dig into the texts on offer. Exhibits are not usually about architecture in the literal, "look at these famous buildings" sense, but are more concerned with the spiritual and philosophical meanings of different spaces, drawing from the work of Canadian artists and architects. I've gone three times now, and each time I've found something that's re-shaped how I think about our world. Excellent food for the brain.
Corey Zhu - a month ago

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Directions

Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 1 - GreenGuy-Concordia7 minutes
Line 2 - OrangeStation Georges-Vanier5 minutes

How to get to Centre Canadien d'Architecture by Metro

By Metro: Take Metro Line 1 to Guy-Concordia and exit onto Rue Saint-Mathieu. Walk southeast to Baile Street and go right following it to the entrance or take Metro Line 2 to Georges-Vanier; exit and cross the street to the expressway underpass and follow the sidewalk through the underpass to the other side. When you come out of the underpass the CCA is immediately to your right.

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