McCord Museum of Canadian History

The vast collections and exhibits at the McCord Museum will greatly expand your knowledge of Canadian history

McCord Museum of Canadian HIstory
McCord Museum of Canadian HIstory cc licensed photo by Jeangagnon

The McCord Museum of Canadian History is a public research and educational museum. It is dedicated to preserving, studying and otherwise appreciating Canadian history. The museum was founded in 1921 by David McCord. The first artefacts belonging to the museum were collections from his own family. The collection has grown astronomically since then.

The ethnology and archaeology collection features over 15 000 artefacts which document the Aboriginal people of Canada. This includes communities living in Alaska and the northern parts of the United States. Some of the artefacts date back more then 10 000 years.

The costume and textiles collection features over 18 000 artefacts of clothing and footwear and various accessories. The collection includes North America's oldest known patchwork quilt, believed to have been made in 1726.

The Notman Photographic Archives contains over a million photographs and various items of early photographic equipment. It is designed to present a visual glance at Montreal dating from the 1840s to the current day. The collection includes approximately 200 000 glass negatives from the William Notmanand Son Photographic Studio. This exhibit is certainly the photography enthusiasts dream.

In addition to these collections there are various paintings and prints and other works of art on display. You are also able to view a number of document and archives from the various periods of Montreal's history as they have been donated by various members of the public.

The museum is wheelchair friendly.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Musée McCord

Fee: Yes

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 690 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3A 1E9, Canada

Phone: (514) 861-6701

Official Website: Musée McCord


Rated 4.4 out of 5McCord Stewart Museum Star Rating

5 Star Rating I loved its permanent exhibition “Indigenous voices of today”. It combined artefacts and testimonies and really amplifies Indigenous voices. It’s organized through different perspectives of the Indigenous lives, past and present. I especially enjoyed the photographs in the section on child-rearing. The presentation is easy to follow and the quotes concise and vivid. The gift store has a lovely collection of cards, jewelries and books. Staff is very friendly. Highly recommended!

Yichun Yu - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating The first floor exhibit was an amazing overview about the past injustices against the Indigenous in Canada but also a hope for the future. 2nd floor was a photo journey of the history of Montreal. Very well done. Some multimedia displays done in English and French, all w captions. No audio needed, however QR codes provide more text to follow along w some of the video:

Debbie Born - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Visited here on a weekend. This museum did touch my heart deeply. It has a lot of tales on indigenous people who tried to escape, save themselves. It tells a lot of the people living in the olden times, the things they used or wore. There is a beautiful gallery of paintings of scenaries. In the last part there is a place to sit and enjoy the show depicting the photographs. Really calming and peaceful.

Sneha Sunil - 5 months ago

5 Star Rating This museum is truly remarkable, especially the "Indigenous Voices of Today" exhibition. It beautifully portrays indigenous people's wisdom, resilience, and the impact of historical trauma. This exhibition is playing a crucial role in fostering support and allies for Indigenous nations.

Amar Adiya - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating We much prefer first Sundays (as opposed to first Fridays). Gaining knowledge and culture for free on the first Sunday of every month sounds like a great deal to us. So, this time we went to two museums. The first being @museemccordstewart where we saw three exhibitions. The permanent one : Indigenous Voices of Today : Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience.  An exhibition that bears witness to the still unrecognized knowledge of indigenous peoples in quebecer and Canada as well as the deep wounds they carry and their incredible resilience. A large collection of stories from the members of 11 indigenous nations In Quebec. And we also saw two temporary exhibitions : Becoming Montreal : A ninteresting view of montreal through the eyes of artist James Duncan between 1830-1880. His impressive vision of many famous areas and some lost views in various styles compared to the current landscape of the city is something we've never seen before. Hochelaga - Evolving Montreal : Photographer and film director Joannie Lafrenière brings out a beautiful, lively and diverse story, told in photos, of an ever changing neighborhood and the simple life of local characters.

Best Quests - 2 months ago

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Line 1 - GreenMcGill Station3 Minutes

How to get to Musée McCord by Metro

By Metro: Take Metro LIne 1 to McGill Station and take the University Exit. Walk one block north on University Street and turn left onto Sherbrook Street W continuing to the museum entrance.

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Artist Kent Monkman describes his own paintings in the McCord Museum
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