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

Address: 845 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3A 0G4, Canada

Official Website: McGill University and the Redpath Museum


Rated 4.5 out of 5McGill University Star Rating

5 Star Rating I go there to relax. It is open to the public (the parc). Lots of benches, water bottle fill up. Squirrels and birds!
Antoine Assaad - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating McGill University stands out as a world-class institution with a stunning location near the iconic Mount Royal in Montreal. The campus combines picturesque mountain views with the bustling energy of downtown life. The diverse and intelligent student body contributes to a vibrant academic atmosphere, while the nearby People's Church adds a touch of spirituality and community for students and faculty.
Munaza Batool - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating One of the top universities in the world. Located by the hills of Mount Royal, the landmark of Montreal, McGill enjoys the advantages of mountain views as well as the convenience of downtown life. It’s located in the financial district. It’s amazing to see how many buildings are there in the campus. Students here are really smart and creative. It’s pleasant to be a student studying in this vibrant campus. Across from the campus main entrance, there is a wonderful church People’s church for students and faculties to enjoy Christian life and fellowship.
Terry Chu - 9 months ago

5 Star Rating Very cool university! Perfect location. Classic-looking buildings with modern equipment inside. Visited a chemistry lab - nicely organized. Also the book store is good, bought a couple souvenirs. Parking is expensive tho on Rue University.
Kent Zheng - 1 year ago

5 Star Rating The campus is so gorgeous, especially on a sunny day! We came on a Sunday so a lot of the buildings were closed, but we were still able to enjoy the architecture from the outside, as well as take a look in the Redpath Library.
Jessica Sun - 1 year ago

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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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