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Montreal, QC Canada
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Montreal Attractions

Canadian Railway Museum
Named Canada's specialized railway museum in 1978, the Canadian Railway Museum, which is also known as Exporail, is operated by the Canadian Railroad Historical Association and houses Canada's largest collection of railway equipment. The museum boasts six permanent exhibits and maintains a collection of at least 690 model trains, 10,000 small railroad artifacts and 160 vehicles, including 10 diesel-electric locomotives, 13 steam engines, 13 streetcars, eight passenger cars and eight freight cars.

Montreal Biodome
Operated by the Montreal Nature Museum, the Montreal Biodome was originally constructed as a velodrome for the track events of the 1976 Olympic Games. The structure was refurbished in 1989 and reopened in 1992 as a biodome with four distinct ecosystems that are found in the Americas, including replicas of a South American rainforest, a North American Wilderness, a Gulf of Saint Lawrence estuary, and a polar area with Arctic and Antarctic sections.

Montreal Insectarium
Founded in 1990 by Georges Brossard, the Montreal Insectarium houses both live insects and a mounted collection. The living collection features several beehives, an anthill, an aquarium for water insects, a breeding laboratory, at least 17 types of spiders and more than 100 types of insects, and the mounted collection houses at least 150,000 specimens. The insectarium is operated by the Montreal Nature Museum.

Montreal Botanical Garden
One of the largest botanical gardens in the world, the Montreal Botanical Garden is a 190-acre greenhouse that houses plants from every corner of the globe in 27 themed horticultural exhibits. Founded in 1931, the garden became a National Historic Site of Canada in 2008.

Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History
Also known as the Pointe-à-Callière Museum because it is built atop the archaeological site of the same name, the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History opened in 1992 to celebrate 350 years of Montreal's history. The museum houses an archaeological crypt, an archaeological field school and an extensive collection of architectural remains from the early 17th century.

David M. Stewart Museum
Established in 1955, the Stewart Museum is housed inside the garrison of St. Helen's Island, Fort de l'Île Sainte-Hélène. The museum features interactive exhibits that simulate 18th century day-to-day life in New France.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Founded in 1860, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is Canada's oldest art museum. The museum has three permanent pavilions that showcase six collections, including ancient art, art from Quebec and Canada, international art, decorative art and photography.