Montreal on a Shoestring: The Museums Pass
Montreal is a city of culture – ethnic cuisines, world class universities, theatre, ballet, opera. And of course, museums. There are literally dozens of museums in Montreal, large and small. There are expositions of fine arts and of history, there are memorials to the Holocaust and to the founders of New France. There are archaeological digs and botanical gardens that are open to the public, and there are places where a visitor can learn about the ecosystem of the St. Lawrence River Valley.
I lived in Montreal for more than three decades, and still only saw a handful of these sights. There are simply so many, that it would take a concerted effort and years of visits to see everything the city has to offer. So how can a visitor to the city possibly hope to take it all in, especially if the budget is limited?
One of the best deals you can get is the three-day Montreal Museums pass . This package allows you access to 38 of the city's museums, including St. Joseph's Oratory , the Biodome , the insectarium, the planetarium, and a huge list of art, historical and archaeological museums.
The pass includes unlimited bus and metro (subway) travel for three days, and allows one visit to each of the more than three dozen museums over those three days. At a cost of only $80 CDN, it is a steal. (There is an option to get the pass without transit, but it's only $5 less. Considering the cost of parking in Montreal, it is not worth it to take your car!)
Get yourself a transit map and a copy of the 5 Generations, One Port app, and you can add a free interactive walking tour of Old Montreal to your sojourn. And summer or winter there are always lots of free concerts, lectures, and cultural demonstrations all over the island. Watch for the Jazz Festival and Just for Laughs, the Carifiesta, the Nuit Blanche and Montreal in Lights. There's always something exciting to do in North America's largest francophone city!
This is my Travel entry for Dawnwriter 's A-W Category Challenge
Image credit: Coyote and Albertosaurus photos are mine, taken at the Redpath Museum in Montreal; copyright Kyla Matton Osborne
N ote: This content has been adapted from an earlier article that was originally published on Bubblews
Image Credit » Kyla Matton Osborne