Fodor's Expert Review Musée McCord de l'Histoire Canadienne

Downtown and the Golden Square Mile History Museum

David Ross McCord (1844–1930) was a wealthy pack rat with a passion for anything that had to do with Montréal or Canadian 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. Admission is free from 5 to 9 pm Wednesday.

History Museum

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


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Rate Includes: C$19, Closed Mon.

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