MAM (formerly Montreal History Centre)

Discover the fascinating history of Montreal

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

The MAM or Centre des mémoires montréalaise Centres is a museum dedicated to the history of Montreal. Formerly known as The Montreal History Centre, 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

Montreal History Centre Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: 1210 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2S5, Canada

Phone: (514) 872-3207

Official Website: Montreal History Centre

Montreal History Centre Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating The public (free) area was interesting. I learned a lot about Montréal and I was moved by the permanent exhibit about the women’s shelter celebrating 90 years.
Alexandra Stephens - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating This city is mix between english and french overall is lovely city and still the value of history still keep standing until now love it
Anggelo cosmos rodriguez nasution - 6 years ago

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5 Star Rating Nice place to do a 5-7 cocktail!
Philip - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating I went there with Polaris last Thursday for listening to the exhibits in French and English for 5 mins
Ben Reinerth - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Wonderful museum on the history of Montreal. The exhibits are laid out well and are both in French and English. Great way to kill an hour or two.
Todd Sennholtz - 4 years ago

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Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
2Square-Victoria8 Minutes

How to get to Montreal History Centre 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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