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Musee Redpath, Montreal

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#9 of 40 in Museums in Montreal
Delve into a wealth of history at Musee Redpath, the oldest museum in Canada, showcasing natural history. Completed in 1882, it originally housed the collection of the then Principal of the Mcgill University, and remains an academic unit of the institution. Broadening its collection, the museum now houses extensive archives of palaeontology, zoology, mineralogy and ethnology-- the latter remaining one of the oldest collections in North America. Across three floors, discover a diverse, expansive range of displays, from a 1,200 piece gem quality shell collection, to New Kingdom Egyptian mummies circa 1500 BCE. Put Musee Redpath and other Montreal attractions into our Montreal attractions planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • I was excited to go to a small and free university museum. I was blown away. It was larger than I thought it would be and had a very diverse collection of artifacts. My favourite part was the Quebec b...  more »
  • Took a six year old here and he was totally amazed with all the dinosaurs on display. As the accompanying adult, I had ample time to view the Egyptian artifacts held in this museum as he was entertain...  more »
  • Perfect for people interested in Fossils, a Mummy, dinosaurs, geodes who have some time to spare but not a lot. Plus it's free, so why not?  more »
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  • It's free!! Just note that it opens at 1 PM on Sundays during the summer. My 4 year old daughter loved the dinosaurs and they let her hold an actual bone. Pretty cool. I loved the mummies on the top floor. They have a drinking fountain with the water bottle filler. Really appreciated that because it was so hot in there without AC. It's an older building without handicap access so we had to climb stairs but they let us park our strollers near the entrance.
  • Its free and really cool. I love the location. The dinosaurs and mummies are awesome. the only downfall was that there wasn't anyone there to ask questions on the artifacts.
  • This place needs and deserves more love. There are cracks on the wall (undergoing repair while operating). Instead of guides, guests are to read printed materials attached to the exhibits.
  • "Lee Young Jun PEN AR" Pen Art(General Remarks) Infinity of lines and dots have symbolism.  Such symbolism is ever changing according to the spirit’s depth.  All works are kaleidoscopic; they are usually composed of indescribable expressions.  Therefore, art’s depth also can be said to be unlimited.  Is pen art’s depth also infinite?  In other words, do the lines and dots flowing from the nib of a pen have an artistic qualification?  In this respect, it is worth thinking deeply.  Pen art begins from an essence of nature’s fundamental values.  From the standpoint of value, or color, a harmony of black and white is essential in nature.  As it is impossible to see any color in darkness, distinguishing color is an essential role of light.  That is why the soul is drawn to light.  Whiteness, or light is a spiritual reflection of the soul while blackness, or darkness is a reality of life on earth.  As the color green is an essential color of vegetation, burnt charcoal is an earthy color that will stay near black.  Blackness is heterogeneous and may be hostile to life.  If blackness belongs to the essence of nature, it also may be said to represent the image of death.  A combination of black and white constitutes degrees of lightness and darkness.  When painting black on a white background, the soul is transported to the white background.  Whiteness comes to life when contrasted with black line and black space.  In this case, soul also may be expressed through the blackness.  Soul may be transported to the black or a combination of white and black, which shed a mysterious merit to the soul or spirit.  Pen arts starts and ends from an essence of nature’s fundamental contrasts.  The primary essence is infinite and eternal while the artistic harmony of black and white can take one’s breath away.  But, this is not possible until a metamorphosis has been realized over many years and spiritual transcendence has occurred.  The transfer of spirit  occurs when one’s life experiences are projected onto the white canvas in harmony with blackness.  That is the true ‘pen art.’               Artist Lee Young Junㄷ
  • They got a dinosaur skeleton!!! Very interesting collection of stuff ranging from animal carcasses such as a narwhal’s tooth to mummies. If you like natural sciences and got an hour to kill, take a tour of the place!

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