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  1. Things to do in Montréal – Visit the Musée des beaux-arts & the Redpath Museum

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    Things to do in Montréal – Visit the Musée des beaux-arts & the Redpath Museum

    Sep292010

    Montréal is home to a wide variety of cultural institutions and today I visited two of them, the Musée des beaux-arts and the Redpath Museum.

    The Musée des beaux-arts is Montréal’s fine arts museum and houses a huge collection of paintings, sculptures, decorative art pieces and more. These exhibits include pieces by Canadian and international artists, and date from the old masters to more contemporary works.

    I recorded a podcast at the Musée today to find out more about the collection, and then got to look around the galleries. I especially liked their collection of glass objects which were really colourful and interesting.

    One of the best things about this giant gallery, which is currently housed in two buildings, is that it’s totally free to visit the permanent collection. Oh, and they also have one of Napoleon’s distinctive hats on display which is pretty cool.

    At the Redpath Museum, which is located on the campus of McGill University, you’ll find a collection of natural history objects that includes dinosaur fossils like the one pictured here.

    After recording a podcast with the Director of the museum, I had a look around. Though I did spend most of my time checking out the dinos, I also had a look up on the second level of exhibits where they have Egyptian artefacts on display. These include a mummy and more.

    It’s free to get in to this museum too, but they do have a suggested donation of $5, which really isn’t much at all.

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