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Redpath Museum, Montreal

Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 190+ 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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  • This museum is like something out of a Tintin book, with everything from a shrunken head (maybe human, probably monkey) to Egyptian mummies, to wooden fetishes. Another highlight was a letter handwrit...  read more »
  • This museum is free. The cases and displays reminds one of an earlier time as if you have stepped into someone's private collection. There are dozens of stuffed animals, some eclectic anthropological ...  read more »
  • Exhibits are close together, but on 3 floors. Very old building - not sure if it has an elevator. Many different artifacts. I liked the theory of evolution exhibits. For free it's worth spending 1 hou...  read more »
  • 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
  • I am a frequent visitor to this museum and support this museum to the fullest (until recently). The museum itself is an excellent, amazing experience. However I have witnessed unruly behaviour with faculty harrassing members of the public. In fact acting territorial on more than one occasion (it's almost expected upon each visit). This past week my fiancé and I witnessed a public outburst by a professor (Dr. Anthony Ricciardi) towards a young family, with children that were visiting (This was my breaking point after witnessing this event.) Unfortunately they were chastised because their two year old child was just being two. The professor started yelling that "this isn't a daycare centre" and slammed his door (imagine, a building over 100 years old, very delicate with precious artifacts and someone who is upset by a two year old for talking loudly, and slamming their lab door) My fiancé and I comforted the shaken family. That behaviour was uncomfortable for many visitors, students and other faculty members. This has been an ongoing issue, and rules need to be set in place on proper etiquette in dealing with the general public. Perhaps, even if the faculty are bothered by visitors then this building should not be open to the public. Another option would be providing appropriate training for faculty members in dealing with the general public. Personally, my generous donations have been discontinued.
  • Nice cozy museum to visit while in the center of Montreal. Our family enjoyed it! We had a side tour around McGill university so that was a plus!
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