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Canadian Centre for Architecture (Centre Canadien d'Architecture)

Centre-Ville (Downtown)
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Address: 1920 rue Baile, Montreal, Quebec H3H 2S6, Canada
Phone Number: 514 939 7026
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Wed 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Mon 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

This museum includes several galleries dedicated to various architectural...

This museum includes several galleries dedicated to various architectural styles and serves as an interesting example of postmodern architecture itself.

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Not just for the specialist. Have a look at the website for exhibitions, lectures, seminars, concerts, family activities. You are bound to find something of interest. An... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not just for the specialist. Have a look at the website for exhibitions, lectures, seminars, concerts, family activities. You are bound to find something of interest. An enormously pleasing building incorporating a really lovely 19th century house. Welcoming, knowledgeable staff; admission includes periodic guided tours. Sculpture garden, excellent bookshop. Montreal is is very lucky to have such a place.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

We thought that Montreal would have a fine exhibition of various architectural styles and were keen to visit. On arrival, there was no signs to direct us to the entrance and so we walked around the entire building before realising that the unmarked door was it. To be fair, they said they were between exhibits which meant that almost all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I have seen a great retrospective of Mies van der Rohe here a few years ago. Phillis Bronfman-Lambert, is an avid fan of Mies, having worked with him on the Seagram Building in New York,(belongs to her Family). ..Lately , there was a great show on Portugal 's yearning for Affordable Habitat..an exercise by Architectt Professors and their Students, meeting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

I read about the Canadian Centre for Architecture and, despite inclement weather, made the trek and enjoyed an hour-long visit. Perhaps the weather was keeping others away, but the galleries were quiet. I loved it! Great displays and excellent bookstore/gift shop.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2016 via mobile

The CCA is a labor of love built and founded by Phyllis Lambert. An amazing woman with an indefatigable amount of energy. She brought European modernism to North America with her will and with that same passion has built the CCA, for generations to come to appreciate architecture and urbanism on the same level one would do so for art.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Included as one of the museums in the museum and ATM package, the CCA is a fabulous place to visit. Located near Guy, on Rene Lesvesque Blvd, the centre is an amalgam of old and new architecture. The old section features the home and solarium, with original woodwork, and mechanical parts used to vent the greenhouse. Regular international architectural exhibitions... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

The main exhibit seemed to be more related to city planning than to architecture. The building itself was somewhat interesting, and it had been connected to an old mansion. But for us, it was not worth the walk from the Beaux Arts museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Always fascinating exhibits that take an expansive, cultural approach to their subject matter. The best museum bookstore I have every seen - full of texts that are actually interesting, rather than just baubles to cash in on the exhibits.

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

a piece of history and not many people even n=know of this museum, off the beaten path and not well advertised either.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The CCA is a wonderful experience! The brainchild of architect and Mies van der Rohe disciple Phyllis Lambert, the building was remodelled to house galleries, meeting rooms and a superb library/bookstore of a quality rarely found today. A recent addition is the reconstruction of the last surviving mansion from the old "baron days" in Montreal, when the area was inhabited... More 

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