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
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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

Currently Closed

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


Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
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 4.2 out of 5McCord Museum Star Rating

4 Star Rating Good works, but not sure if that alone is worth the entry fee.

Upen R - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating Excellent museum with in depth quality exhibits in a lovely space that is not overheated or overwhelming. Perfect for a one to two hour+ rich experience. Located on Sherbrooke across from McGill University. The small unique free and charmingly dated Redpath Museum is a 5 min walk across the street on the McGill Campus. Recommend them both.

Maggie Katz - 25 days 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 - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating The museum offers some original exhibits which change about twice a year. With entry you get to see all the exhibits so make sure you have a few hours set aside or focus on the ones that interest you most. However the reason I joined was because of the walking tours. The museum offers currently three walking tours in the city which offer a nice glimpse into the city's history, architecture and important figures. I enjoyed all three tours but for those who have less time I would go with the Ville-Marie tour which is given by Joanna. The tour is about 2 hours and Joanna is very passionate about the area and presents some really interesting details. The Golden Square Mile tour is also worth going to, it is 1 hour and takes you around the McGill campus.

Michel Condoroussis - 2 months ago

3 Star Rating 3 areas on display. The fashion designer display is just too dark - hard to appreciate the details. The Shalom Montreal display was very interesting. The 3rd was a photographer and we didn't really think it was a good use of space. One family's opinion... sorry.

Enna Hughes - 3 months ago


Artist Kent Monkman describes his own paintings in the McCord Museum

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