Urban Tours - Thematic Tours of the McCord Museum

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Urban Tours

History at your fingertips

The Urban Tours on the Musée McCord Museum application, in collaboration with Ivanhoé Cambridge, provide a fun way to learn more about the history of certain Montreal sites.

App available here: AppStore | WebApp

Take an exclusive outdoor tour thanks to historical images from the Museum’s Photography collection of over 2 150 000 pictures. Using your phone, you can follow various tours and discover the history of 150 city sites and photographs that bear witness to the Montreal of the past.

The Musée McCord Museum app is available for free on the App Store and on WebApp.

Thematic Tours

NEW! A brand-new audio tour is offered this year to enhance your visit of the Eating Local exhibition presented on McGill College Avenue!

Ivanhoé Cambridge: Downtown and Old Montreal Tour

Ivanhoé Cambridge is a world-class real estate company, which owns a portfolio with some of the most beautiful historic buildings in Montreal. Several Ivanhoé Cambridge properties are highlighted in the McCord Museum app.

For a fifth year, the real estate company is partnering with the Museum and inviting visitors to follow a circuit connecting nine different properties.

Griffintown – Evolving Montreal Tour

Over the past ten years, extensive structural and architectural transformation has made visible evidence of Griffintown’s industrial, working-class roots increasingly hard to find. But these recent changes represent only the latest chapter in a cyclical history of destruction and renewal.

Take a walk to discover some of the many changes that have transformed this mythical district since the 18th century.

New! Explore the history of Griffintown further with the Cultural Corridor.

The Cultural Corridor works to showcase local cultural and historical sites and bring them to life through programming, events and storytelling. All these activities are taking place along a 3.6 km path from Pointe-à-Callière to Atwater Market this summer 2022. See you there!

Shopping in the 19th and 20th Centuries Tour

While St. Catherine Street is undergoing a makeover, the Shopping in the 19th and 20th Centuries tour invites you to relive the atmosphere of bygone Montreal through photographs, archives and objects from the Museum’s collection that reflect fashions of the past.

Step into the past and discover 14 storefronts that adorned the streets of Montreal.

Golden Square Mile Tour

Since the 19th century, the neighbourhood of the Golden Square Mile has been synonymous with luxury due to its sumptuous mansions as well as department stores, university buildings and luxury hotels, all within the area of Montreal bordered by René-Lévesque Boulevard to the South, Robert-Bourassa Street to the East, Mount Royal to the North, and Côte-des-Neiges Road to the West.

Discover the typical architecture of the Golden Square Mile and explore sumptuous mansions that underwent many transformations. You will be surprised by what they are used for today.

The Art of Magic Tour

The Golden Age of Magic (1880-1930) was a significant period for popular entertainment in Montreal. From the early 19th to the early 20th century, Montreal was home to nearly fifty theatres and performance halls, many of which presented magic shows. Between 1882 and 1934, Montreal welcomed Alexander and Adelaide Herrman, Harry Kellar, Howard Thurston and Harry Blackstone, as well as Houdini and his famous “Water Torture Cell” illusion.

Step into the past and discover 13 Montreal magic venues!

New! - Eating Local Tour

New – Starting June 17
A brand-new audio tour is offered this year to enhance your visit of the Eating Local exhibition presented on McGill College Avenue. From backyard vegetable patches to community gardens to public markets, products of the earth have long been part of the urban experience.

Discover urban food practices from the 1860s to the 1990s, through 13 photographs, taken mainly in and around Montreal.

Watch where you walk!

Decals on the ground, particularly on Sainte-Catherine Street, Sherbrooke Street, and near Mount Royal, help to locate a number of places included in the application.

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