Montreal is split. Split between two languages: French and English. Split may not be the right term; however two languages are spoken in the city, they only enhance Montreal’s culture.
Montreal’s culture is a rich hybrid of different cultures, a heritage of France, flavoured with a dash of Americana. Walking on the streets of Montreal is like travelling from Paris to New York without even having to cross the street.
If the city’s culture is so diverse and cosmopolite, the easiest way of discovering its bilingualism might be visiting the museums of Montreal.
Montreal’s museums offer varied pieces, from classic history museums to avant-garde galleries.
Here is a non exhaustive list of Montreal’s museums:
- Musée d’art contemporain – Museum dedicated to contemporary art
- Musée des beaux arts – Museum dedicated to the promotion of international and Canadian art; it has more than 33 000 pieces.
- Pointe-à-Callière, musée d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal – Museum dedicated to history and archeology
- Musée McCord – Museum dedicated to Canadian history
- Biosphère – Sphere-shaped museum, located on St Helen Island; dedicated to the environment
- Centre canadien d’architecture – Museum dedicated to architecture
- Musée Juste Pour Rire – Museum dedicated to humour
- Musée commemoratif de l’Holocauste – Museum dedicated to the remembrance of the victims of WWII
- Musée Redpath – Museum with McGill University; dedicated to biology and paleontology
- DHC /ART foundation pour l’art contemporain – Gallery dedicated to contemporary art
For more information about living in Montreal, check out these helpful articles and links:
- 9 Things you might not know about Montreal
- Where to live when moving to Canada
- Cost of living in Montreal vs Toronto
- ARIANNE Relocation Guides for Montreal
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