Musée du Château Ramezay
Château Ramezay has been one of Canada's best time capsule since 1895, and is one of Quebec province's oldest private history museums. For over a century, Château Ramezay has organized cultural, historical and scientific exhibits showcasing how Montreal and Quebec province came to international prominence, from its early pre-Colonial days to modern times. In the vaults of the chateau, there is currently a special exhibit, "Life in Montreal in the 18th Century" which addresses the city serving as a crossroads of key trade routes throughout North America, as well as crossroads of French, British, American and First Nation cultures. Holiday cheer arrives to the chateau on December 7, when the museum becomes thoroughly decked out for the winter holidays.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
One of my favorite art museums in the world is also the perfect place to escape cold wind or any kind of dreary weather. Montreal's;Museum of Fine Arts houses permanent and touring collections of works by Canadian artists as well as pieces by the masters, including Picasso, Rembrandt, Renoir and Cezanne. Right now, you can enjoy a taste of Venice without having to cross the Atlantic Ocean; the museum's "Splendore a Venezia" is an homage to Venetian art and music. Like much of Montreal, the museum is easily accessible by the city's superb (and very clean) public transit system, and it near the Green Line's Peel and Guy Concordia metro stations. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is closed on Mondays, and open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Love looking up at the sky? Montreal's Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium takes those with a sense of spacelust across galaxies with its impressive permanent and touring exhibits. Dedicated to the study of astronomy, the Planetarium features exhibits about astrobiology, the Big Bang, meteorites, and more. Closer to Earth, literally, are exhibits about the Earth's ecosystems and how our planet fits into the larger universe.
For more information about visiting Montreal, visit;http://www.bonjourquebec.com.
Photo credit: Ken Kuhl