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Arts & Museums
Formerly called the Musée d'art de Saint-Laurent, Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec is housed in a beautiful former church. It was moved piece by piece from the city center and was rebuilt in the likeness of the 1867 original. This lovely museum promotes artisanal objects that showcase the province's cultural heritage through traditional art and crafts. It also highlights contemporary and artistic expressions of Quebec's various ethnic communities. Its notable collection ranges between the 18th and 19th Centuries. Besides its permanent and temporary exhibits, it also hosts educational and cultural programs as well as workshops. You can shop for souvenirs made by local artists at their store.
This legendary Montreal institution, Centre Segal des Arts de la Scène, offers events and activities year-round for the entire family, including theater, fine arts and exhibits associated with the School of Fine Arts. Exhibitors at the Liane and Danny Taran Gallery have included Pieter Laurens Mol, Susan Rothenberg and John Scott. The gallery hosts many traveling exhibits. Since first opening in 1967, the center has built an enviable reputation for its multi-disciplinary approach to both performing and visual arts. Tickets for various other events vary in price.
Montreal has the third largest holocaust survivor population in the world and this museum displays a collection of over four-hundred artifacts and video testimonies. It encourages visitors to fight intolerance in all its forms and offers the visitor an unforgettable journey about tragedy and triumph.
When Brother André died in 1937 he left behind the fulfillment of his lifelong dream: the construction of a church in honor of St Joseph. Located on the side of Mount Royal, this museum in the magnificent St Joseph's Oratory holds Brother André's heart, as well as a collection of more than 300 nativity scenes from all over the world. You will also find discarded crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs left behind by those who felt themselves healed through Brother André's intercession.
Sisters of Saint Anne Historic Center (Centre historique des Sœurs de Sainte-Anne) is set in their former convent that dates back to the 19th Century. Unravel the history of the sisters and their revered founder, Blessed Marie-Esther Blondin through the permanent and temporary exhibitions. The stones of the building were culled from the nearby Lachine Canal and its magnificent hall will take you through the life of its first Mother Superior who dedicated her life to educating the rural people of the province. During summers, costumed guides will take you back in time in a charming tour of the religious heritage of this convent.
A brand-new exposition hall on the campus of the University of Montreal, this center tries to bring together two disciplines often considered opposites: science and art, and two methods of creation: the individual and the collective. The exhibition area boasts an exterior garden, which can be used for showings during the summer months. The use of new technologies such as lasers, CD-ROMs, holograms, and interactive media is encouraged.
At the Musée de Lachine, take a look at Lachine's fascinating history and a contemporary art gallery. The Maison LeBer-LeMoyne permanent exhibit focuses on the history of the building itself. Temporary exhibits, held in the Pavillon Benoît-Verdickt and the Pavillon de l'Entrepôt, run the gamut of modern art, while the Outdoor Sculpture Museum in René-Lévesque Park is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
Pick up some local history here in an old mill converted into a museum where you will find a comprehensive re-telling of Montreal's past. From the opening of the Lachine Canal to the industrialization of the mid- to late-19th Century to the collapse of the mills in the 20th Century, you will see 200 years of history told through guided tours, documentation, sound and videos. The striking 1816 windmill is worth a look on its own.The windmill is also open for tourists on request, contact for details.
One of the more exciting Montreal chic and contemporary arts centers, Visual Arts Centre in the suburb of Westmount is definitely not afraid to take chances when it comes to presenting today's art in all its sometimes controversial splendor. Be it straightforward painting on canvas, traditional sculpture, ceramics, photography or more daring acrylic work on plywood and mixed media on paper, the gallery has presented it all at one time or another. Call or consult website for current programs.
Located in Westmount, this prestigious gallery has been at the forefront of Canadian contemporary art and a showcase for both Canadian and international artists since 1980. Showings at the gallery encompass a space of some 464 square meters (5000 square feet). Among the painters, sculptors and photographers on display are Jim Dine, Stephen Conroy and Nicola Hicks. Recent additions include diverse landscapes from Rafael Sottolichio, Yehouda Chaki, Holly King and Wade Hoefer.
From its location in the high-end suburb of Westmount, West End Gallery has been offering fine Canadian art, making it one of the oldest galleries still in existence in the city. The emphasis is on accessibility, for the artist and for the potential buyer. Offered are paintings, sculptures and etchings at reasonable prices for those who appreciate more traditional fine art.
BBAM! is a melange of pop culture and vintage goodies. Drop in to take a look at their collection of art, book, vinyl records, clothes and more or for just a cup of coffee. You could even attend their live music performances which range from jazz to folk. The gallery truly celebrates art in every form. Check their website to keep yourself updated with the latest events.