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

Official Website: McGill University and the Redpath Museum

Fee: No

Closed Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.

  • Monday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Category: Museums

Address: 859 Rue Sherbrooke O
Montreal, QC H3A 0C4

Phone: +1 514-398-4086


Yelp Rating:
4.5 out of 5 4.5 Star Rating
Based on 40 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating This is such a beautiful museum!!! It's like the movies! It is peaceful and sweet, it really is so lovely. The second floor blew me away. This museum has 3... Read More

Kathy H. Nov-06-2015

3 Star Rating It's a nice enough museum with a nice collection, but coming here on a hot, humid day in July probably soured my experience. The Redpath Museum is one of... Read More

Josh S. Jul-17-2019

3 Star Rating On campus museum on McGill. Free entrance but donations welcomed. I actually take my dad here when he comes to visit as it's one of the places he likes in... Read More

Sarah T. Nov-18-2018

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Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
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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