From science and archeology to nature and animals, Quebec’s museums have a large range of cultural and educational activities and exhibits for people of all ages. And after a year’s hiatus, families can once again enjoy free visits to some museums on the first Sunday of every month.
The province’s museums were able to reopen their doors on February 8, 2021. The free admission measure on the first Sunday of the month came into effect on March 7 and now, almost 100 museums across the province are ready to welcome families — all while adhering to the instructions of Public Health.
Participating museums around Montreal include the Centre d’interprétation de l’eau (promotes the protection and responsible use of water) and the Cosmodome (space and science) in Laval as well as the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (modern works of art) the McCord Museum, (celebrates life in Montreal) and the Ecomuseum (wildlife in a natural setting). Off island, there is Tsiionhiakwatha/Droulers archaeological site interpretation center (life-size reconstruction of an Iroquoian village) and Exporail (a train museum).
In place since 2018, the Quebec government’s cultural policy action plan earmarked a $5 million over five years to provide this free access. The measure aims to promote equal access, participation, and contributions to museums’ cultural richness.
Before you go
Before heading out, consult the interactive map on the website of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications to find participating museums. To see the list of museums by region, click on the icon to the left of the map title.
Because of the constantly changing restrictions surrounding COVID-19 and public health regulations that differ by region, it is important to check each museum’s website for opening hours, ticket and reservation information, as well as on-site rules.
For more information: mcc.gouv.qc.ca/dimancheaumusee