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Redpath Museum, Montreal

(4.4/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Wow, well hidden gem. Already, the cost of entry is at our discretion. Various, fossil skeletons, shells, minerals, meteorites and mummies, and more! Afternoon discoveries with the children again! Really very interesting.
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  • We loved this museum. Children were captivated by the skeletons of dinosaurs. These are 3 floors of exciting discoveries. I recommend to all, small and large
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  • This is a little gem of a Victorian museum which could easily be a set for Downton Abbey. The collection reflects the time when it was built. It houses fossils, reptile skeletons, stuffed wild animals...  more »
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  • A true gem hidden in the McGill campus. Go there for the Gorilla. Go there for the Quebec minerals (only if you're willing to learn new words. It is very technical). Go there to fosils, dinosaurs, whale bones. Go there not to eat or drink, as it is a dry place, with only water bottles allowed. I was admonished on the top floor by the "roman pots" lady because I was having a juicebox, had to follow her back to her office and drop it in her trash bin. This is a true history museum, with tons of artifacts and so many more that aren't even on display. Go there for the sense of wonder at the groundbreaking research McGill fellows did in the remotest parts of the world. Go there to see a mummy, to see a shrunken head, and many more of the worlds most bizzare artifacts. This is truly an oversized Kunstkabinett. GO THERE. THIS WEEK. NOW.
  • boom boom acka-lacka lacka boom. c'mon everyone! open the door, get on the floor and walk the dinosaur! i concur with what everyone said. there's nothing to add besides, why are you wasting your time with the science center? this is THE museum to bring kids to (besides biodome and planetarium) i have to say that the stairs leading to the top floor made me quite uneasy despite people stopping to take pictures. it felt like right out of the island of dr. moreau, really creepy vibe. the bathrooms aren't pretty either. it's in the basement and has that basement church feel. other than that, its as awesome as the dinosaurs tv show minus the baby. if only the museum was bigger.. ps. don't forget to check out the japanese spider crab by the entrance. stuff of nightmares
  • Interesting, but small museum. It only took my wife and I about 30 minutes to see it all. We didn't spend much time reading all the information about every display though. This would be a great spot to bring kids to see different animal displays, rock/minerals, and some ancient artifacts. The entry fee is a recommended donation. The metro is about a 10 minute walk away. .
  • My son really enjoyed the mummy exhibit. My complaint is that I was dying of heat.
  • Great small private collection. Bring your kids and they will find something to like. Minerals, mummies, dinosaurs and many other things to enjoy There is no set price as they take donations. donate at least 5$ per person