Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Montreal Museums & Miscellany



Montreal
Montreal's Olympic Park

We were in Montreal in January, the depths of winter. It was, frankly, too cold to spend much time outside: we went from Metro to patisserie to museum with as little fresh air as possible. Thankfully we were able to purchase a 3-day museum card, giving us entry to a wide variety of attractions - although it did involve a freezing trek from the tourist office to several museums, before we found anywhere that had one in stock.

The botanical gardens had an extensive outside parkland area which when we visited was smothered in snow - and complete with warnings against snowshoeing over what would in summer be beautiful displays of (presumably rather hardy) plants. But there was also an impressive series of glass houses, including a wonderful display of bonsai trees, some of which were over 100 years old.

Montreal

Montreal

Montreal

The beautiful Chateau Dufresne has a striking if somewhat bleak fa├žade, but features luxurious and well-preserved interiors. We weren't really supposed to take photos inside, but I just couldn't resist a couple of shots (no flash, obviously).

Montreal

Montreal

Montreal

The Science Centre was a bit of a mixed bag - we were glad we hadn't paid for entry separately, as a lot of the exhibits seemed to be geared exclusively towards children, but we did have fun in the interactive music exhibit. The permanent collections are minimal, so I'd want to check out what was on before visiting again.

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As for the ecological museum, quite aside from the amazing geodesic dome around the building, this was a fantastic museum full of thought-provoking exhibits. Did you see my separate post about the recycled fashion exhibit? Other rooms included displays on pollution and climate change, and a water room - set up for kids but still great fun for adults. We were gutted to hear, though, that the museum might be about to close this year.

Montreal

Montreal

Montreal

Montreal

And finally, here are a few more snapshots from our meanderings around the city:

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3 comments:

Jenny Woolf said...

I too have only visited Montreal in the winter, and oh God it was so cold. The ink froze in my biro when I tried to write something outside. But it's always fun looking at museums in other cities. I'd enjoy the ecological museum.

What is that strange leaning construction in the first picture you show? Did I miss something aboutit? It looks as if the photo has got distorted in some way, and strikes me as a bit creepy... but I'm sure it is meant to be intentional really - there is so much strange and interesting architecture around now. :)

Rachel Cotterill said...

Jenny, you're right, I should have said! It's the tower at the Olympic stadium, it really is that shape :)

Carla Bruns said...

I work with a lot of Canadians. They come to my office quite often but I don't get to go there. When I see pictures like the one of Chateau Dufresne it really makes me want to find a reason to visit. Although, I do think January would be a little cold for me. I like to be warm. :)

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