The arrival of warm weather also means the inauguration of the Montreal summer festival and event season. This weekend, the city warm season calendar kicks off with a bang with Museum Day, a celebration of Montreal's history, and rich cultural and institutional landscape.
The day is organized by MTL Museums, a group whose "mission is to promote Montreal's museums by encouraging their activities and defending their interests, as well as by developing communication, mutual aid and cooperation."
On Sunday May 26th only, 30 Montreal museums are offering free admission to the public. Favourites like the Musée des Beaux Arts, the Montreal Biosphere, the McCord Museum, and the Pointe-à-Callière Archaeology Museum are among the participating institutions.
More distant museums will take part, as well. The Musée Stewart, Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec, and the Galerie d'Art Stewart Hall are among the smaller museums far from the city core that will also be free to attend on Museum Day.
Thankfully, so that Montrealers may take full advantage of everything Museum Day has to offer, the STM is partnering with MTL Museums to offer free transport to 11 of the 30 free museums.
According to the STM website, "four free shuttle circuits [will] take you to museums off the beaten path, leaving from Angrignon, Du Collège and Jean-Drapeau stations. These accessible shuttles will run from 9:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m."
These 4 free routes and the museums they serve are easily identifiable on a map provided by MTL Museums. The locations labelled in pink are the museums that are accessible by foot from metro station.
The STM website makes clear that "you can use the STM’s regular system to get to the museums. One-day passes and weekend passes (unlimited trips from 6 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday) may be attractive options for occasional transit users."
Happy museum hopping, Montreal!