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“noisy, crowded, expensive, disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Montreal Science Centre

Montreal Science Centre
2, de la Commune Street West | Quai King-Edward, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2E2 , Canada (Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal))
+1 514-496-4724
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Ranked #65 of 479 things to do in Montreal
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: At the Montreal Science Centre, we want to help visitors of all ages acquire an understanding of science and technology for use in building their future. Located in the Old Port of Montreal.
Buffalo, New York
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“noisy, crowded, expensive, disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We've been to science museums in a lot of different cities, and this was disappointing. 4 major areas and IMAX films. Imax is only in french during the day, English movies are only after dinner, which doesn't really work for families. Since they have about 6 showings during the day I don't know why they can't alternate French and English all through the day instead.
4 major areas -
* Clic - for 4-7 year olds - so too young for our family

* science 26 was the hands on portion. The most interesting, but several exhibits weren't working and it was mega major busy. I'd read it was busy during school year with field trips, this was mid summer and super busy because apparently day care gets discount rates and they just unleashed the wild ones to run around with no supervision. Concrete floors, walls, celings, so no carpeting to soften the noise from all the screaming. Big lines for everything.

* 2 areas were computer areas. Really? I take them to a museum to touch and feel and interact with exhibits, not just sit in front of a computer.
Mission Gaia was incredibly confusing with no instructions and we just gave up. Not fun or instructive.
idTV was having them create a multimedia report. Interesting if your child likes to do homework type computer work. One of my kids really liked it, and one thought it was like homework.

Oh, and the girls bathroom REEKED of urine, like it hadn't been cleaned in a week. Hate to imagine what the boys bathroom was like.

Maybe I've just been spoiled by seeing so many good science museums in other cities.

Visited August 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Stimulating, fun location for kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Our 2yo and 5yo loved this Centre. Be sure to check what times the English screenings are of the IMAX movie you want to see when you arrive. We loved the Monarch Butterflies movie- amazing story and fascinating scenes. Our 2yo had trouble concentrating for the full length and also keeping the glasses on (they have kids sized glasses available) but she still enjoyed it. The "Clic" room was great for both our kids and we spent over half an hour in there- very kid friendly and hands on, like a big indoor play centre but with science behind each play area. The "Science 26" area was great for our 5yo with some explanations from us about each station, this area was a bit beyond our 2yo but she loved the giant around the body bubble! We spent almost an hour in this room. Due to Summer Camps the place was fairly busy but we got there at opening and did not have trouble seeing all we wanted to. We did not look at any other rooms other than those listed above as they did not seem as suitable for kids. The admission price was well worth it and you can exit and re-enter again on the same day. A great wet weather activity. There was also a small miniature train out the front of the Museum in the park (not associated with the centre, and an additional small fee for the ride) which the kids also loved. Everything was in English and in French. Very highly recommended.

Visited July 2013
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Richmond Hill, Canada
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“A great place for our so to run around”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Lots of child friendly exhibits for our son who is almost 3 to explore. He liked the bubble which he pulled over himself in particular and the water table where he played for a long time.

Visited August 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“It kept me amused.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

On a cold, wet and all round terrible day, the Science Centre managed to keep three people in their mid 20’s entertained for a couple of hours. The best bit by far is a unicycle that you can ride on a tightrope. Praise be to science that it is impossible to fall off the unicycle tightrope.

Basically, if the weather turns foul, check out the science centre.

Visited May 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Great place to drop by!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Just dropped by on a shim, saw the IMAX & enjoyed Planet Shark : Predator or Prey.
Clean, well organized, just completely enjoyable. New themes offered on a regular basis - worth the trip.

Visited July 2013
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