McGill University and the Redpath Museum

Founded in 1821 McGill University has s number of old historical buildings that are well worth seeing

Striking rooflines of the McGill University Campus
Striking rooflines of the McGill University Campus cc licensed photo by A Yee

As a visitor to Montreal you may want to visit McGill University just to witness the great architecture of its historic old buildings, or you may wish to visit the Redpath Museum; one of the oldest in the country. The research museum features an extensive collection of artefacts and fossils pertaining to the evolution of life, world cultures, and the study of minerals. Admission is by free, however a donation of $5 CAD is suggested, which is actually a bargain.

The founder of the University is John McGill a wealthy Scottish merchant who resides in Montreal. Before his death he bequeathed one of his estates to the Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning with the stipulation that the estate and funds be used for the establishment of a University or College and that this place of learning bear his name.

The motto of McGill University is 'Grandescunt Aucta Labore' is Latin meaning 'By work, all things increase and grow', and the adhering to this ethos can clearly be seen by the progresses made over the years by the University as well as its Alumni.

McGill University is an establishment of great pride for the city of Montreal. It has a long history of achievements both of its alumni and also as a stellar faculty. As a research centre it is one of the best in the world, where many advancements has been made including the research on the nature of radioactivity by Noble Prize winner Ernest Rutherford. The creation of the first artificial blood cell as well as Plexiglas was also done on one of the McGill campuses.

You may also find yourself on the campus of McGill University if you are a football fan and decide to take in a Montreal Alouettes home game at Molson Stadium, as it is owned by and part of the University.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 859 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3A 0C4, Canada

Phone: (514) 398-4086

Official Website: McGill University and the Redpath Museum

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Line 1 - GreenMcGill Station3 Minutes

How to get to McGill University and the Redpath Museum 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 and right at the columned gate into the University grounds.

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Rated 4.5 out of 5Redpath Museum Star Rating

4 Star Rating Been told this is a great place to visit and it’s FREE! Lots to look at, and lots to read. They were renovating and apparently didn’t display a lot of other cool stuff. But walking in where the T-Rex was located, was like me walking into a film set for first Jurassic Park film 😂😂 Highly recommended! Did I mention it's free? 😇

Christine Dang - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Great little museum if you need to kill some time in the McGill neighborhood. I was impressed with the large collection of items they have on display. The inside of the building is beautiful. A great place for kids and their families!

Fatima Tenorio - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Pretty cool place. Plan on spending 2-3 hours tops here. Some neat displays, but it's not the biggest museum, so your expectations should be based on that. It's free, with a suggested donation. Went with a 5 year old and almost two year old. They were entertained enough.

Dennis Tee - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Excellent museum. All here is interesting. All the stones and composition chemical formula were really amazing to me. All the animals bones of the prehistoric era and animals extincted were outstanding. And by the way, free access.

José H. Pisani R. - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating An absolute must if you're in Montreal. I'm especially fond of their gorgeous collection of minerals and seashells. Another part I absolutely love is the history of our planet. Very nice explanations for all ages (pun intended!). They also have a huge collection of taxidermy. They have varied exhibits and the staff there is very knowledgeable; don't be afraid to ask questions!

goronyudo - 5 months ago


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