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

Open Now

Hours This Week:
  • 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 Ouest, Montréal, QC H3A 1E9, Canada

Phone: (514) 861-6701

Official Website: McCord Museum of Canadian History

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Line 1 - GreenMcGill Station3 Minutes

How to get to McCord Museum of Canadian History 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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Rated 4.3 out of 5McCord Museum Star Rating

3 Star Rating This museum was okay. It's a quick visit museum. Toy part is cool. I recommend but take it for what it is

J Rhind - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating Excellent little museum. Very interesting display on native clothing and we very much enjoyed the display of childrens toys from the victorian period onwards. They have an excellent collection of early photography as well.

Bram Blenk - 12 days ago

4 Star Rating We went to the part for individual visitors. It was lots of fun. On the first floor you can find exhibition of First Nations people - everything made by hands. You can also watch videos. There is part for young kids. They can play around, read books, put on costumes, make crafts and watch interesting exhibition designed for their age. We stayed there around 4 hours and we weren't bored ! There was also birthday party. Kids had some activities with animators and we watched them with interest. I recommend the place to go along with the young children.

Sylwia Kucharska - 27 days ago

5 Star Rating A great museum to learn the history and culture of the indigenous people of Canada. The exhibitions too were awesome. Not a big museum, but it's small and very interesting. Must see. Cafe is good too. Staff was very kind and friendly. Would love to come back here for other touring exhibits.

Navin Sadarangani - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating As a visitor to Montreal, I have had the pleasure of attending exhibits at the McCord in 2017 and 2018. This museum is quite unique, it differs from many traditional museum as it does not just display objects, but tells stories. And it tells them with a great mixture of artifacts, printed material, interactive technology and obvious care. Well done, McCord Museum! Looking forward to the stories you will share in the future.

Heidi Ash - 3 months ago


Artist Kent Monkman describes his own paintings in the McCord Museum

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