This musuem is a recreation of the Fort St Helene. It contains a museum of artifacts from the military history of Montreal along with the personal eclectic collection of the founder David Stewart. Militray re-enactments are held daily at the museum.
This museum is hihly touted but I was dissapointed. They had a few interesting artifacts but not that many and without much organization to it. It basically consisted of 2 small floors of displays, this might be worth a visit if you have the museum pass both not worth going out of the way for.
In 1967 Montreal organized a large exhibition to celebrate 100 years of independence. The most significant buildings were preserved and used to different purposes.
The Biodome (using the American pavilion) and the Casino (French and Quebec pavilions) are the most remarkable sights in a wide gardened area that includes the Gilles Villeneuve circuit.
This is Montreal's version of Paris's Sacre de Cour. It's set dramatically on Mont Royal with stairs climbing up to the magnificent Catherdral above. Pilgrims climb the stairs on hands and knees saying prayers on each step. The church is magnificant and so are the views from on top.
Closed in April 2009, the eXcentris movie complex, the best place in town to see independent local and international films, re-opened with a bang (and popcorn!) in November 2011.
The general admission cost of $11 ($8.50 for seniors and $6 for children) is comparable to that of other more commercial venues and gives you a chance to see movies that you may not be able to catch otherwise.
eXcentris is located on the hip section of Saint-Laurent Boulevard, with many restaurants and bars in the nearby area, making it easy to catch a movie before a night out on the town or after a satisfying meal.
Even if you don't plan on seeing a movie here, if you pass in front of the building, go inside to take a look at the ticket booths... :)
Maybe the most interesting museum I visited on this trip. It starts with a fascinating film on the history of Montreal and then takes you down to archeological digs from the early city. The entrance fee is steep (about $15) but I learned a ton about the city here.
This is the largest inclined tower in the world---even taller than Pisa. You go up on a funicular and get a nice view of the Olympic Village and the city. You can buy a combination ticket with the BioDome.
(Please note that the show is leaving the Montreal Science Centre for its world tour on September 18th, 2011. I believe it will be traveling through Europe and Asia for 3 years and I don't know if it is coming back to North America any time soon.)
As someone who grew up watching the Indy films, the idea of an exhibit that ties together the facts and fictions of the movie was very appealing. The exhibit created by National Geographic and includes many props from the 4 films loaned by Lucasfilms. There are also real artifacts loaned from museums of around the world. As you wander through the exhibition and the temples, you can get watch videos from the special video companion by punching in the display number. You can also "find" your own artifacts by scanning the video companion on one of the 9 stations and solving the riddles.
There are lots of good information provided and there is a reasonable link between the fiction and the real world of archaeology. For example, in the famous opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones was trying to safely extract the golden fertility idol by replacing it with the bag of sand... in this particular display, they were running that movie clip on a loop and they have a video presentation of the prop and the actual fertility idols of which it was based on. Occasionally, there are also trivia about the film. However, what interested me more are the displays of the real life field of archaeology in the various "temples" (don't miss them, you'll miss 1/2 the exhibit). Some examples include the use of photography in documenting field work, or the interpretation of a lost / dead language. I was also excited to see a discussion of the Nazca people as I had previously seen the Nazca Lines.
If you listen to every single clip, it could take hours to walk through the display. We skipped a lot of the props and detailed description of the artifacts near the end and it still took us around 2.5 hours to "see" everything. I have to say that at the admission price of $23+tax, I do feel that the price was a bit steep and the exhibition itself is missing something. (Maybe I was expecting more artifacts or a better link between fact and fiction?) I do think that it is a good, educational and interesting way to get young people interested in the field of archaeology.
No photos allowed - the props include various costumes from the movies, the fertility idol, the Ark, the grail, etc... If you are interested in seeing all the iconic props, you won't be disappointed.
This deserves three tips, so, the best is to use the same text in all of them (don't look for the other):
Things to do: - The buildings and surrounding gardens are very beautiful, and deserve a visit, even without entering the casino.
Restaurant: - I had there the best Canadian meal. Fabulous in presentation and taste. The price… I don't know - it was included in the package. But I read a lot about free meals in the Casino, and wouldn't be surprised if the price stood far below the quality of the dinner.
They have many more ways to get paid (well... not by us!).
Nightlife: - I couldn't imagine myself in a Casino with two kids. How to handle it? Well… it was perfect. A small preparation about vicious and the need of self control, then a notion of budget and selection of priorities, and finally $5 for person (adults and children) as the present budget. As you may guess, it didn't take too long to get rid of it, but the fun of carefully identifying the most amusing games, the conscious management of the progressively disappearing coins, and the discipline and tranquility shown when they ended, did, really pay all the costs.
There are a lot of museums in Montreal. We were looking for a museum that would give us a concise history with not a lot of "excess" stuf. The Montreal History Centre offers jus that-i has 3 floors, but the first floor is the history of the Montreal, from the first colonists right up to today. They have some exhibits, but its more reading and pictures. It took us about 2 hours or so to go through the first floor, reading everything. The second and third floors were more contemporary and temporary exhibits. When we went, there was an exhibit done about different goods, appliances, etc that were used in homemaking in Montreal throughout the ages, while the third floor was photography of the city. We really just walked through those because we had just went for the history really.
Overall it took us about 3 hours or so in the museum. I'm not sure if they offer guided tours, but I doubt it so you're free to wander as you please. It didn't get too crowded, and the tickets were cheaper than most.
The church's architecture is among the most dramatic in the world; its interior is grand and colourful, its ceiling is coloured deep blue and decorated with golden stars, and the rest of the sanctuary is a polychrome of blues, azures, reds, purples, silver, and gold. It is filled with hundreds of intricate wooden carvings and several religious statues. Unusual for a church, the stained glass windows along the walls of the sanctuary do not depict biblical scenes, but rather scenes from the religious history of Montreal. It also has a Canadian-built Casavant Frères pipe organ, which comprises four keyboards, 97 stops, almost 7000 individual pipes and a pedal board.
This weekend there is the Montreal High Lights Festival occuring hand in hand with the Lights Festival, better known as Le Festival des Lumières, where Montrealers celebrate winter in all it's glory. Especially on the night of the 3rd of March to the 4 th of March, when practically everything of a cultural nature is going to be open all night long. There are going to be a great number of events to attend, amongst them a night dancing to dj's music on Ste-Catherine street (in front of the Place des Arts). The Usine C in collaboration with the Sat are organising a great event http://www.elektrafestival.ca/. If your in town this weekend, it's no time to sleep!!! Even museums are supposed to stay open all night! ;-) Who said that winter was boring?
There are many things to be done as its a bike path many people also rollerblade, the canal has aslo opened to boats although i'm not sure of the size of boat to pass the locks one would have to check..
I have rented a boat for a few hours, and been out on the canal.
Summer time is the biggest time on the Canal althought I like the fall as the leaves change color..
A traveller isn't a traveller unless he/she has visited Pomeii!
This city was literally frozen in time - although it wasn't "frozen" so much as covered in lava... The things you will see here are unbelievable: think mummified bodies that have been in the same position since the day mount Vesuvius errupted in the year 79 A.D, as well as an incredibly well preserved brothel with a "sex menu" of paintings still visible on the walls!
I can't stress enough that this place is a must-see for anyone planning a trip to Italy! (See the website provided for a shuttle bus from Rome)
*Unfortunately I visited Pomeii pre-digicam era, so my pictures are not on my computer. If I get around to scanning them, I promise to post them!
If you’re really into museums, and you can get them done in 3 days pick this up. I did, and got a lot of use out of it. But you should check to see what it entails, and if you will really go to them or not. Some of what is offered, is free anyway, and some of them are free on wed or Thursday nights too. One of the things listed is the art that is available in the subway areas so you can see that anyway.
32 locations right now, and it cost C$35 If you pay C$45 you get a 3-day subway pass free with it. So don’t buy the last one if you already have a weekly subway pass.
Separately it’s a lot more than $35, so going to just 2 a day will save you money. One side of it it has the dates it’s valid for. The other side has 32 little stickers with upc numbers. They will find their upc number thing and take it off, and put it in your book. They don’t make you feel weird or cheap either, works pretty smoothly.
If you do, buy it in advance, and post-date it. That way you won’t have to screw around with buying it when you go. When I bought mine I went to the Insectarium first, then they told me to walk back and buy it from the Garden Botanical first. So I wasted that time, and they weren’t ready with it when I was there. When they did sell it to me, they didn’t give me the booklet that comes with it, they just told me it’s good for all museums, which isn’t enough info. So make sure they give you the little 8 page booklet that lists what’s included, opening times, where located..etc.. Note what’s free and do those another time, you will feel a bit rushed though, but a lot of these can be done fast, and there is a little overlap about certain things, ie) history of Montreal. You can only visit each spot once.
Things NOT included in the pass are the Olympic Stadium, IMAX movie, and entrance to Cathedral Notre Dame.
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