Montreal History Centre
(Centre d\'Histoire de Montreal)

Discover the fascinating history of Montreal

Centre d'Histoire de Montreal
Centre d'Histoire de Montreal Public Domain

The Centre d'histoire de Montreal is a museum dedicated to the history of Montreal. It found its home in an old central fire station in 1983. The fire station, which was built during 1903 and 1904, was designed by Joseph Perrault and Simon Lesage who aimed to give it a Flemish character. This made it a unique building in Montreal at that time, a fitting home for a museum of history. The museum was originally administered by the Archaeological and Numistmatic Society of Montreal; it became part of the network of cultural centres for Montreal in 1987.

On the ground floor of the museum you can browse the permanent display which promotes the various events, places and residents of Montreal which have been important in the history of that city. There are old maps to study and old photographs to look at. There is also a collection of unique objects to browse. All these items show moments in Montreal's history that the city can be proud of.

The other two floors are filled with various temporary exhibits which are changed on a regular basis to keep the regulars interested. With over 4000 artefacts to choose from, mainly form the 20th century, there is plenty for the curators to show the visitors.

The museum also offers a number of walking tours through the nearby neighbourhood to introduce the various historical buildings and events that may otherwise pass unnoticed or be difficult to find. There are also a variety to other annual activities that take place at the museum which feature various historical re-enactments, demonstrations and even the occasional military song.

The museum is also host to a regular photo competition where local photographers, professional and amateur can show their skills. The contest always has a theme and the images that are displayed are really something to see.

The museum is wheelchair friendly and has limited paid parking available.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes - Family discounts are available

Open Now

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 335 Place d'Youville, Montréal, QC H2Y 3T1, Canada

Phone: (514) 872-3207

Official Website: Montreal History Centre (Centre d'Histoire de Montreal)

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Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
2Square-Victoria8 Minutes

How to get to Montreal History Centre (Centre d'Histoire de Montreal) by Metro

By Metro: Take Metro Line 2 to Square-Victoria Station and take the Victoria Square Exit. Walk southeast along McGill Street to Place d'Youville and turn left continuing to the Museum which is straight ahead.

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Rated 4.3 out of 5Centre d'histoire de Montréal Star Rating

3 Star Rating They usually do nice exhibits from time to time.

s elza - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating Great place to learn about the history of Montréal, allow for 2-3 hrs to walk through all exhibits. Nice location in a historic building, with easy access from a number of subway stations or walking from downtown and the Old Port. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. Student discounts available.

Carlos Enrique - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Interesting place for a visit. Not a big one. It is an old fire station. It was built on the way of the small river which afterwards had been hidden in a pipe. You can take guided tour here. Museum tells about two important stories of Montreal: its creation and the Expo '67. It uses different types of your perception and you can choose what you like: you can read, you can watch, you can touch or even take a tour and ride through the exebition on a monorail and see how it was in 1967. Here you will understand why Expo '67 was SO important for Montreal.

Svetlana Voloshina - 4 months ago

4 Star Rating Wow what an awesome place.. The history that Montreal has is eye glad we all went! Will for sure bring other out of town friends.

elizabeth D - 5 months ago

4 Star Rating Excellent place to learn about the history and development of Montreal. Exhibits in the permanent exhibit area on the first floor were very well done. Everything is bi-lingual. Second floor was an exhibition of Expo '67 and was very interesting as well. Although a little small, the cost is very low, particularly for over-55 and children. The facility is handicap accessible. Nearby on the Place d' Youville is the Montreal Founder's Monument/Obelisk and plaques noting the signing of the "Great Peace" with 30+ native American tribes that finally made Montreal save for settlement.

M Robson - 7 months ago


A quick look at some of the exhibits in the Centre d'Histoire de Montreal

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