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Redpath Museum, Montreal

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Natural History Museum Museum
Delve into a wealth of history at Redpath Museum, 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. Make Redpath Museum a centerpiece of your Montreal vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Montreal vacation planner.
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  • This is the only museum open on mondays. It is worth visiting. The university is nice and the exposition is also interesting.  more »
  • Perhaps the oldest museum in Montreal and still free! Love these old school natural/cultural history museums. Many fascinating displays, animal mounts, mummies, rocks.....  more »
  • An extraordinary place. This is a museum in a time warp but fascinating nevertheless. Plenty to interest the visitor.  more »
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  • Small but awesome museum packed with lots of good artifacts that are cultural, or natural. Great place to spend a couple hours. You can do the whole place in that time.
  • A must visit for anyone in Montreal as not only is it a quaint museum but it is also free. On your way in you can see the beautiful McGill campus, a nice spot on its own and the museum, although small, has some nice animals and dinosaur bone collections that are well worth a look. Our son (18 months) was in awe of the full size ape and T-Rex, as were we.
  • This museum has 3 floors: The first is a simple, small place with skulls from large mammals. Washrooms downstairs. The second floor is ocean and rocks, prehistoric, and Canadian animals. When you arrive on this floor, immediately are lots of beautiful seashells and rocks. It is magnificently presented. I can look at each conch shell and fall in love. And that's not even the best part. You turn right and enter the main room of prehistoric animals. OMG this is a breath-taking, beautiful view of the museum!! Then, the back (near the windows) are lots of information about animals we actually know. Around the walls are actual scientists working! The third floor contains many, many display windows of history from around the world. The history for each artifact is very brief, but still interesting. If you visit a lot of museums yourself, nothing is new here. Still it is a beautiful museum. It is also free! It is peaceful and empty during the weekdays.
  • Can't beat free. We parked at Kennedy public parking a block away. The campus has some great architecture. Plenty to see and do to entertain the kids for about an hour.
  • attended "science" session, quite dissapointed. then cancelled our next visits in the following days. We went there after the CBC talks where redpath museum staff advertised. However it turned out really not well organized. Only 2 students with less than 5 pages ppt on only a laptop. I would like watch youtube clip. I dare to say that was the worst science activity I ever attended. Felt sad about Mcgill as well.