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

Fee: Yes

Musée McCord Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

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

Musée McCord Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating A gem! Relatively small museum, so you don't need to rush to see everything, but at the same time plenty to see in one visit. I admired native people part of the museum. Every artifact gets attention it deserves, nothing is cramped. The videos help to connect all the dots and are really eye-opening. It was interesting experience to try to find known historical landmarks in the paintings on the second floor. You can see how the city was started , how it was changing and how different it's now. Definitely worth a visit. You can save $2 , if you buy your tickets online.
elllen k - 2 months ago

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4 Star Rating Wonderful medium sized museum on Sherbrooke Street with an excellent Indigenous gallery explaining the history of Wampum: Beads of Diplomacy and another explaining the early development of Montréal through the eyes of an artist and chronicler James Duncan, from 1830 to 1880. Both were fascinating and educational, even for this Canadian history geek. I highly recommend this museum. Great coffee at the indoor cafe and displays of the mechanical window Christmas windows of Ogilvy's department store.
Barb Backland - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating The wampum exhibit was moving, educational, inspiring. I'm so glad I got to see it. All the autochtone exhibits were phenomenal. Great gift shop too!
Corinna Baksik - a month ago

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4 Star Rating Interesting display on the History of Montreal. Also a fascinating exhibition on the Inuit. Super cute Christmas presentation with lots of activities for children.
Adele Shapiro - 4 months ago

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3 Star Rating Good: the exhibits we saw were very interesting, especially the First Nations, Christmas windows and paintings of Montreal exhibits. Bad: on arrival, I was trying to figure out what rate applied for my 16yo. The sign was very unclear, so I said: "Student?" The person at the desk then said she could only pay the student rate with a student id. Luckily, my daughter had hers with her. At no point did she ask how old my daughter was, which should have been asked, since her ID is for a high school and 17yo and younger should be free (we learned after we left, when we saw the sign OUTSIDE the museum that said kids were free). So, we ended up paying $15 when she should have been free. Also, we really wanted to see the exhibit on the history of fashion, but that was not on display (no indication that it wasn't available on the museum website).
Kathleen Hougland - 4 months ago

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Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
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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