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

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

Official Website: McGill University and the Redpath Museum

McGill University and the Redpath Museum Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Great spectacle! They had two massive teams on either side of the gates waving flags and cheering, never saw anything like it before. Not sure what sport it was for but really gives the impression of a very active school community. A lot to see and I even got a hot dog!
Paul Miiller - a week ago

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4 Star Rating I came to just take photos here. Very nice architecture. Highly recommend traveller to visit the main gate.
Yee Yee - a month ago

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5 Star Rating My child had a great and safe International student experience at McGill. Do not think twice if your accepted. Highly recommend!
F K - 4 months ago

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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.
Jingxu Zheng - a 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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