One of the most well established private galleries in Montreal, this prestigious space specializes in contemporary Canadian art, especially in the Inuit communities from the north. Pieces range from traditional soapstone carvings to surprisingly complex and occasionally harrowing depictions of animals and other figures. Elca caters to a very upscale clientele.
Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal has put together one of the best collections of fine art in North America. The museum moved to its present location just before the World War. The Jean-Noel Desmarais building holds most of the temporary exhibits while the permanent collection lies in the Benaiah Gibb building across the street. The museum also stages special programs such as lectures, noontime and evening concerts, and films.
Division Gallery is located in Toronto and Montreal; the one in Montreal is owned by art enthusiasts Pierre and Anne-Marie Trahan. The main purpose of this gallery is to portray and showcase the contemporary side of Canadian and International art. Division Gallery being a commercial art gallery shares the building with Arsenal which is another contemporary art gallery. The duo together supports and promotes some of the best Canadian and international artists. This is one place that art aficionados simply cannot skip.
Featuring an extensive collection of Barbie dolls decked in iconic designer wear, Barbie Expo attracts scores of visitors who flock here to admire the intricate detailing and haute couture designs pertaining to different styles. This fascinating expo displays the work of many world-renowned designers, including Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior and Carolina Herrera among others.
Located in the southern downtown area of Montreal, this new home for the Canadiens hockey club is a state-of-the-art facility that seats more than 21,000 spectators. Originally known as the Molson Centre, it is used not only for sports events but also for rock and pop concerts, various exhibitions and events. Visitors can tour its multi-functional amphitheater and Hall of Fame, enjoy a drink in the Jacques Beauchamp Lounge and even get a chance to see the Canadians' dressing room. The Canadians' Souvenir Boutique located here sells everything in sportswear, posters, autographed sticks and other hockey-related accessories.
Art and history come together to depict Lachine's fascinating history at Musée de Lachine. Comprising the historic Le Ber-Le Moyne, 17th-century structure and a sculpture garden, there is much to admire at this fabulous museum. The Maison Le Ber-Le Moyne takes visitors on a historic journey through its transition from a fur-trading post to a farm house and manor. Temporary exhibits, held in the Pavillon Benoît-Verdickt and the Pavillon de l'Entrepôt, run the gamut of modern art, while the Outdoor Sculpture Museum in René-Lévesque Park is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.
Once the residence of Governor Claude de Ramezay, Château Ramezay Museum chronicles the rich history of Montreal. The history of this building dates back to the 18th Century when it was built and has been listed as an must-see historic sites by UNESCO. Now, it houses an impressive collection of antiques, photographs, paintings and costumes. This site is known for its frequent exhibitions from upcoming and veteran artists and has two permanent exhibitions.
Galerie des métiers d'art hosts shows featuring the work of the most talented and skilled Quebec artisans. Situated in Bonsecours Market, this gallery showcases pieces of art designed from glass, ceramic and metal. Designers like Guys Levesque, Rosie Godbout and Ronald Labelle present their creations which include lamps, chairs, tables and apparels. You can also find exquisite jewelery designers and cabinet-makers in their collection. A perfect destination for those who acknowledge art and craftsmanship.
Located in the Bonsecours Market, Art et Antiquités Medius represents the rich heritage of Canada. The unique selection of Inuit, Amerindian and Quebec art reflect the cultural diversity. European paintings from 17th and 19th Century and antique furniture from 18th-19h Centuries feature among the showcased collection. Connoisseurs and art lovers can't stop admiring the frameworks of art. This place is ideal for locals and tourists who have an eye for art.
By the Quai de l'Horloge, on the prominent rue Saint-Paul lies de la Commune Hall. Situated inside the Marché Bonsecours, this multi-purpose hall is draped in elegant simplicity and subtle sophistication. As a part of the Marché Bonsecours, one can expect this hall to be fully-equipped, with state-of-the-art facilities and excellently smooth service. The hall has two levels, one is the mezzanine level, and the other is the first level. Thus your caterer can find great ease in executing the cuisine for your event. The de la Commune Hall can be used for a range of business events as well as private events. Just a preview of the grandeur of the hall, set overlooking the Vieux-Port, would be reason enough for making it the venue for your next event. Please see the website for further information.
As the name implies, this gallery, located in the beautiful and historic Bonsecours area of Old Montreal, presents ceramic art both from recognized artists from around the world and recent graduates of the center's own school. The pieces are for sale at reasonable prices; watch for group exhibitions from Quebec ceramists, rotated on a semi-annual basis, and year-round student exhibits. This is a great place to find that unique ceramic gift for that special person.
Recent archaeological excavations in the cellar of the Notre-Dame-du-Bonsecours Chapel have unearthed the foundations of Montreal's first stone church, which was constructed by medical and educational pioneer Marguerite Bourgeoys in 1675. The museum, located at the back of the chapel, contains several exhibition rooms devoted to the history of the city, the chapel and to the story of Marguerite Bourgeoys, a nun credited with establishing the first hospitals in Quebec.