Bank of Montreal (Banque de Montreal), Montreal

#20 of 56 in Museums in Montreal
The Bank of Montreal, operating as BMO Financial Group and commonly shortened to BMO, is one of the Big Five banks in Canada. It is the fourth-largest bank in Canada by market capitalization and based on assets, and among the ten largest banks in North America. The use of three characters for the short name is a common standard in stock abbreviations (though others are certainly used).On June 23, 1817, John Richardson and eight merchants signed the Articles of Association to establish the Bank of Montreal in a rented house in Montreal, Quebec. The bank officially began conducting business on November 3, 1817, making it Canada's oldest bank. BMO's Institution Number (or bank number) is 001. In Canada, the bank operates as BMO Bank of Montreal and has more than 900 branches, serving over seven million customers. The company also has substantial operations in the Chicago area and elsewhere in the United States, where it operates as BMO Harris Bank. BMO Capital Markets is BMO's investment and corporate banking division, while the wealth management division is branded as BMO Nesbitt Burns.The company is ranked at number 131 on the Forbes Global 2000 list.The company has not missed a dividend payment since 1829, paying dividends consistently through major world crises such as World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and the 2008 financial crisis; this makes the Bank of Montreal's dividend payment history one of the longest in the world.
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  • This building is magnificent and take a glance at the beautiful branch of the beginning of the twentieth century. In addition, there is a small friendly Museum that chronicles the beginnings of the Bank of Montreal, the oldest Canadian Bank. So, take the opportunity to stop there if you place d'armes. Plus, it's free!
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  • This bank is the oldest in Canada, the building and the history go hand and hand. Worth coming in from the cold to see.  more »
  • Thanks to this lovely employee, who refused to give me more small cuts so that I can make a donation to homeless in old Montreal and nearby. I had 5 denominations of $20 and wanted cuts of $5 and $10. Simple transaction but the reason for the refusal - I didn't have an account with that institution. I told him for it because I wanted more small cuts, but she didn't care. Fortunately there was a branch of the National Bank nearby where I could get what I wanted without any problem or question. I was later able to make people happy. Not on the eve of an account at the Bank of Montreal.
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  • Bank is in good location if you are in Old Montreal and need cash. There is a three dollar service fee if you don’t have an account there.
  • Useful 24-hour ATM just inside the entrance - the Notre Dame cathedral only takes cash for entry. However it charges you $3 per withdrawal with a $500 per withdrawal limit.
  • Beautiful build
  • Meh, it's a bank, right? True, but this one of once the bank's flagship. Just go and check out the lobby.
  • What a pompous, extravagant interior! A must - see.
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