The Board of Montreal Museum Directors invites everyone to turn out for
the 27th edition of its annual open house event, starting from the Promenade des
Artistes in the Quartier des spectacles, on Sunday, May 26, 2013.
MONTREAL, May 2, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ -The Board of Montreal Museum
Directors is pleased to announce everyone's favourite annual event: Montréal Museums Day (MMD), on Sunday, May 26. Presented by Québecor, in collaboration with the
Société de transport de Montréal (STM), the 27th MMD will kick off at the Promenade des Artistes in the Quartier des spectacles. From there, participants can hop on shuttle buses and take one of six
specially designed routes to any of the 34 participating museums, which will be open free of charge all day long, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A wide range of fabulous experiences at the 34 participating museums
The program for this 27th edition is once again overflowing with exceptional cultural
experiences. Visitors will be able to explore art, science,
architecture, nature, archaeology and history from all kinds of
perspectives, as varied as the museums themselves.
One highlight will be the new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, set across
from the Biodôme in the Space for Life. Visitors are sure to be
impressed by the amazing architecture of its domes.
The Board of Montreal Museum Directors is also proud to welcome a new
member. The Museum of Costume and Textile of Québec, which recently
moved from the South Shore to the Bonsecours Market, is taking part in
MMD for the first time. It will be presenting its temporary exhibition,
entitled Tapis rouge : la mode au musée, featuring the stunning creations of a number of Montréal designers.
There is cause for celebration for a number of other reasons this year.
The Maison Saint-Gabriel is marking the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the King's Wards and describing their
amazing story in its temporary exhibition Venture into the New World. Don't miss it!
The Cinémathèque Québécoise is turning 50! It will be celebrating with
an all-new permanent exhibition on special effects (Secrets et illusions, la magie des effets spéciaux), and special video screenings and shorts for the occasion.
In addition to the permanent and temporary exhibitions at various
museums, there will be a host of educational and cultural activities,
both indoors and out, to delight visitors of all ages. Guided garden
tours, art workshops, sky gazing, archaeological digs and lots more.
Come see what's on offer!
Fill your day with culture!
For 27 springs now, Montréal Museums Day has been an opportunity for
exceptional discoveries and unforgettable delights, as Montrealers of
all origins learn more about the city's museums.
This year's theme, Montréal Museums Day: Fill your day with culture!, refers to our museums' openness to the world, as crossroads of
culture, where diversity is synonymous with belonging, cultural wealth,
identity and heritage. Fill your day with culture! salutes museums' role in preserving and showcasing our city's identity
through the many cultures represented in today's Montréal. It also
refers to the museums' desire, as sources of knowledge, to share,
innovate and use new technologies and social media to convey their
commitment and their passion.
So it's only natural for our spokesperson, Pénélope McQuade, to be
chatting with visitors in real time on social networks. Join us on
these networks and other digital platforms, as you enjoy this 27th edition of MMD with us!
Enter the Discover the museums of Paris with Vacances Transat contest
A lucky participant in this year's Montréal Museums Day this year will
be winging his or her way to Paris for a week - a cultural destination
if ever there was one, full of museums. The Board of Montreal Museum
Directors is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Air Transat
to hold the Discover the museums of Paris with Vacances Transat contest.
Six bus routes
The meeting point for the free STM shuttle buses will be on the
Promenade des Artistes, in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles.
The shuttles will be making regular round trips from 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. (last departure from the Promenade des Artistes). Participants can
get off at the museum of their choice and stay as long as they like.
There is no obligation to visit all the museums on a given route.
To change routes, they need only come back to the Promenade, where
shuttle buses will be departing about every 20 minutes, or use the
shortcut route, a new feature for 2013, which lets them hop from one route to another at certain strategic
Route 1 Blue
Links up the museums in east-end Montréal, starting with the Château
Dufresne Museum, the Biodôme, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium and the
La-Prison-des-Patriotes exhibition centre, and then splits off toward
St. Helen's Island to visit the Stewart Museum and the Biosphère,
before continuing to central-south Montréal and the Écomusée du fier
monde, the Grande Bibliothèque and the Cinémathèque québécoise.
Route 2 Green
Takes visitors all the way to Stewart Hall Art Gallery in Pointe-Claire,
and then to the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage, before
returning along the lakeshore with stops at the Musée de Lachine
(pavillon de l'Entrepôt), the Centre historique des Sœurs de
Sainte-Anne, the Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site of Canada
and the main site of the Musée de Lachine, ending at the Maison
Route 3 Yellow
Takes visitors around downtown Montréal, to the McCord Museum, the
Redpath Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Canadian Centre
for Architecture, the Maison Saint-Gabriel and, lastly, the Musée d'art
contemporain de Montréal in the Quartier des spectacles.
Route 4 Red
Runs through Old Montréal, with stops at the Centre d'histoire de
Montréal, Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and
History, the Montréal Science Centre, Château Ramezay, the Marguerite
Bourgeoys Museum, the Museum of Costume and Textile of Québec and the
Sir George-Étienne Cartier House National Historic Site.
Route 5 Purple
Heads north, starting at the Musée des Hospitalières de l'Hôtel-Dieu de
Montréal and wending its way to the Université de Montréal exhibition
centre, the St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal Museum, the Montréal
Holocaust Memorial Centre Museum, the Musée des maîtres et artisans du
Québec and lastly Cité historia - Musée d'histoire du
Route 6 Lilac
The "shortcut" route starts like the others at the Promenade des
Artistes, but makes a stop in the middle of routes 1 to 5 to allow
visitors to switch routes. More specifically it stops at the Montreal
Museum of Fine Arts, the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre Museum, the
Centre historique des Sœurs de Sainte-Anne (the Fur Trade at Lachine
National Historic Site of Canada), Château Ramezay (Marguerite
Bourgeoys Museum, Museum of Costume and Textile of Québec) and the
La-Prison-des-Patriotes exhibition centre.
Going their own way
Participants can visit museums on their own, of course, on foot, by bike
or by public transit. The STM's "Family Outings" program lets up to five children under age 12 travel free with one adult
with a valid ticket, throughout the system.
There will also be a good deal on ferries across the St. Lawrence, with
a reduced rate of $3.50 offered by Navettes maritimes du Saint-Laurent.
It's a fun way to get around, whether participants want to travel
between Réal Bouvier Pier in Longueuil and the Old Port of Montréal
(Red Route) or between the Old Port and St. Helen's Island (Blue
An accessible day
Mobility-impaired participants can visit most of the museums, since all
the shuttles are low-floor models. Note that while most Montréal
museums are accessible, May 27 will be a very busy day and access may
be more difficult in some cases. The list of accessible museums is
available in the MMD promotional material and on the BMMD site.
Information on the MMD program
A bilingual program is now available in museums, libraries and Maisons
de la culture, and in some stores, including Archambault bookstores and
Super Club Videotron outlets. The complete program and all logistical
details (e.g. pay and free parking lots) are available online, at
www.museesmontreal.org and on the Montréal Museums iPhone and iPod
Touch applications. Tourisme Québec operators can also handle all
questions and even make some valuable suggestions. Just call
For this 27th edition, the BMMD wanted to breathe new energy into the event, make it
better known and gain new clientele for Montréal's museums. The Board
is making a number of changes, in particular in marketing strategies
that will offer visitors a new experience and collaboration with new
Along with our major partners like Québecor and the STM, the BMMD is
being joined for the first time by Air Transat, supporting projects
that focus on preserving and showcasing cultural heritage, and Astral
radio. Air Transat is contributing through a contest that will take the
winner for a week of museum-hopping in Paris. Other partners are also
associated with MMD, including the Entente sur le développement
culturel between the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de
la Condition féminine (MCCCFQ) and the city of Montréal, Cogeco,
Destination Centre-Ville, the Quartier des spectacles, MP Reproduction,
the Ville-Marie borough, Tourisme Montréal, the Conseil des arts des
Montréal, Croisières AML, Tim Horton's, the Quai Réal-Bouvier, Vie des arts magazine, Montréal pour enfants magazine and many others.
Fill your day with culture on the 27th Montréal Museums Day, May 26!
iPhone application: Musées de Montréal
SOURCE: BOARD OF MONTREAL MUSEUM DIRECTORS
For further information:
Huguette Marcotte Communications
Huguette Marcotte, Tel.: 514 951-0288
Pierre Chaurest, Tel.: 514 290-3148; 450 434-2352