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Arts & Museums
Montréal Insectarium is an interpretative nature center and museum, the only one of its kind in North America that presents both preserved insect collections and live insects for viewing by the general public. They also have a spectacular live butterfly garden in the summer. For those with an adventurous spirit, try the insect tasting events held twice a year with a local chef preparing recipes that feature insects.
Marius Dufresne and Jules Renard's lavish beaux-arts style building in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, was supposed to spur the development of the area. Its enormous cost and economic downturn instead left it largely derelict, and it fell into disrepair until its restoration in the mid-1970s. It now plays host to various art exhibitions and the extravagant décor and period furnishings are available for viewing year-round.
This lovely gallery that opened its doors in 1996, promotes contemporary art and artists. It encourages artists to innovate and hosts art exhibitions on a regular basis. For event updates and other details, please check website.
This gallery is known for allowing new and upcoming artists to test ideas and concepts that might be considered too risky for more mainstream spaces. It exhibits various media, from traditional showings on canvas to installations, art actions and performance art, multimedia and electronic music. It has gained a reputation as one of the city's leading multidisciplinary art centers. Recent exhibitors have included Yves Gendreay, Marie-Mich Cron, Lesley Johnstone and Philippe Tessier. Call ahead for open hours.
This gallery presents innovative artwork, including oddities, sculptures, found objects and other contemporary forms. It also works with artists to convert living spaces into artistic shapes and forms. It is definitely not your typical, formal gallery but anyone interested in the use of ordinary objects transformed into geometric art will find the exhibits intriguing.
Established in the heart of the Plateau since 1980, Graff has concentrated on the promotion of contemporary art. With this in mind, the gallery not only has daily showings but also holds several dozen special event exhibitions annually. Its works have been displayed at thematic exhibitions around the world, and more than 1000 individual pieces are available. The art includes new and innovative paintings, sculptures, etchings, photographs and installations, all produced by the gallery's stable of artists.
This non-profit artist-run gallery and center has been around since 1982; it includes exhibitions, video screenings and performance art, along with an artist residence. Special programs include lectures and concerts. The center is open to all the arts, be they experimental or traditional, and presents the full spectrum of artistic ideas and forms. Oboro consistently encourages artists from Montreal's various communities and cultures.
Local history comes alive in this exquisitely renovated public bathhouse, which is a beautiful example of 1920s architecture. This museum was created to chronicle the history of the Village, which is one of the city's oldest and most intriguing neighborhoods. Through photos, artifacts and interviews, this museum focuses on the working class and the effects of industrialization in the area. A permanent exhibit touches on the history of the workers in the area, their families and the condition of their daily lives.
At this leading-edge gallery, female artists are encouraged to take advantage of the latest technological materials and techniques, while at the same time not shunning more traditional approaches. In addition to the regular exhibition space, the center offers a media room where installations and video programs are presented. Some of the gallery's better-known exhibits have included shows by American Lynn Hershman, England's Rosa Lee, and Montreal's Nadine Norman.
Created in 1869, as home to the 65th Regiment of the Canadian Army, the Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal is one of the oldest units still standing. Located on Henri-Julien Avenue, the site now functions as a museum that archives medals, artifacts, documents, photographs and various other ephemera associated with the unit. The museum offers regular tours and is open to public on Tuesdays from 6.30p to 9p and Mondays through Fridays by appointment alone.
The Stewart Museum occupies the British fortified arsenal on Saint Helen's Island. Its collections include exhibits from the 15th Century to the 20th Century. The museum offers guided tours of the new permanent exhibitions, and a special school program is also available.
Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, and not too far from the Canadian National Film Board's Ciné-Robothèque, this is the province of Quebec's national cinema archive and theater. Museum exhibits at the Cinémathèque Québécoise include a permanent study of animation, along with any number of rotating displays and touring shows. The cinema itself is state-of-the-art, running its own program of features and documentaries from Quebec, Canada and around the world. The cinemas are also often used in the various film festivals in Montreal.