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Montréal Sights

Musée McCord de l'Histoire Canadienne (McCord Museum of Canadian History)

  • 690 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Map It
  • Downtown

Updated 07/17/2014

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David Ross McCord (1844–1930) was a wealthy pack rat with a passion for anything that had to do with Montréal and its history. His collection of paintings, costumes, toys, tools, drawings, and housewares provides a glimpse of what city life was like for all classes in the 19th century. If you're interested in the lifestyles of the elite, however, you'll love the photographs that William Notman (1826–91) took of the rich at play. One series portrays members of the posh Montréal Athletic Association posing in snowshoes on the slopes of Mont-Royal, all decked out in Hudson Bay coats and woolen hats. Each of the hundreds of portraits was shot individually in a studio and then painstakingly mounted on a picture of the snowy mountain to give the impression of a winter outing. There are guided tours (call for schedule), a reading room, a documentation center, a gift shop, a bookstore, and a café.

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690 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, Québec, H3A 1E9, Canada

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Sight Details:

  • C$14; free Wed. 5–9
  • Tues.–Fri, 10–6 (to 9 Wed.), weekends 10–5

Updated 07/17/2014


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