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Musee Redpath

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Centre-Ville (Downtown)
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Address: 859 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C4, Canada
Phone Number: 514-398-4086
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

This natural history museum at McGill University is named after business...

This natural history museum at McGill University is named after business tycoon and philanthropist John Redpath.

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One of the best museums I have ever visited!

I can't believe my luck when my friend told me to visit this museum. The best part was that it was FREE! I got to see mummies, dinosaurs, shrunken heads, samurai suits and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't believe my luck when my friend told me to visit this museum. The best part was that it was FREE! I got to see mummies, dinosaurs, shrunken heads, samurai suits and more! This is one of the best tourist attractions you can visit while you are in Montreal.

Thank Mr604Traveler
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small university museum that will keep you interested for quite a while. It seems forgotten because of it's location but take the small detour to see it. Well worthwhile.

Thank Legerwoodman
British Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is like something out of a Tintin book, with everything from a shrunken head (maybe human, probably monkey) to Egyptian mummies, to wooden fetishes. Another highlight was a letter handwritten by Charles Darwin. The building itself is also beautiful and photogenic inside and out. Glad we went.

Thank Home2Paradise
Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is free. The cases and displays reminds one of an earlier time as if you have stepped into someone's private collection. There are dozens of stuffed animals, some eclectic anthropological displays, and even a few mummies. Equally as fun are the number of art students who come to do studies of the various animals on display. If you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Exhibits are close together, but on 3 floors. Very old building - not sure if it has an elevator. Many different artifacts. I liked the theory of evolution exhibits. For free it's worth spending 1 hour if you have time to kill

Thank DenisWindsor
Varanasi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the first time i came into the Redpath, it was 1992, i was wnadering McGill's underground Snail Trail on acid with a friend, we were testing doors, this one opened.... darkness..... a hallway... a SAMURAI... a freaking DINOSAUR.... a monster crab from Japan.... a lion killed by the university safari in 1933.... best acid trip ever.

Thank The_Great_Goat
Porto Alegre, RS
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Redpath museum is not a must see attraction but is a quite nice experience nonetheless, mainly for rainy or cold days!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

A nice but dated college museum. Standard rocks and what seemed to be student natural science displays. Some cool stuff but only plan to spend an hour at best.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

First of all, this museum is free, which is always a good start. However, it does not have air conditioning, which I guess is fine for most of the year in Canada, but was less than ideal in late August. There is no exact theme or floor plan to this museum, but as a museum of curiosities, it is pretty... More 

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Spring Hill, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

This is a fun little museum. It's free. It's in a cool old building and has the full range of natural history exhibits. Think the Field Museum in Chicago on a much smaller scale. I think that the students curate the exhibits on the top floor. Shouldn't take more than an hour or two to get through-and that's if you're... More 

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Montreal's towering skyline is concentrated in the Downtown area, its nexus of commerce and commercialism. A suffusion of luxury hotels, flagship stores, high-end restaurants, and corporate headquarters characterize the neighborhood, which by nightfall transforms from a business district into a youth-culture hotspot, with hip bars, clubs, and restaurants heavily peopled by students and young professionals. The once-seat of millionaire's 'Golden Square Mile', an incongruity of stately mansions and dapper brownstones sit between glass skyscrapers, creating a visually lush urban landscape. Beneath the sidewalks lay the Underground City, the world's largest below-ground mall, a labyrinth of over 1,500 shops and eateries that echo the profusion of cafes, gallerias, cinemas, and fashion outlets above. From the scholarly array at McGill University to the carousing crowds of Rue Crescent, visit Downtown to shop by day for what you'll wear there by night.
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