Once you’ve strolled through Old Montréal, sauntered over Mont-Royal and through the Plateau, and seen the furious Lachine Rapids, the McCord really helps make sense of the city. Established in 1921, the McCord was a labor of love for Montréal lawyer David Ross McCord; today’s collection includes 15,000 items collected by the McCord.. With a staggering 1.4 million artifacts, the compact, three-story McCord traces Montréal history (and that of Québec and Canada) from its ancient aboriginal past to the 20th century. We love the collection of three centuries’ worth of women’s dresses—it’s the leading collection of Canadian dress, with 18,845 items—and the Inuit sculptures on the second floor. If you happen to be in town the first Saturday of the month, admission is free from 10AM to noon. The museum’s elegant café is a nice spot to lunch in—with its black-and-white city photos and simple salad and sandwich menu, but it’s unpredictably busy. If you’re set on lunch (11:30AM to 2PM only), call ahead that morning or the day before. They serve coffee and desserts until 3PM.
- Open Hours: Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM, Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM, Thursday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM, Saturday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Attractions & Landmarks, Arts & Museums
- Credit Cards Accepted: mastercard, amex, visa
- Nearest Train: McGill