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Canadian Centre for Architecture (Centre Canadien d'Architecture)
Ranked #159 of 429 things to do in Montreal
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Owner description: This museum includes several galleries dedicated to various architectural styles and serves as an interesting example of postmodern architecture itself.
Reviewed June 11, 2010

My sister and I visited this museum recently as we're both interested in architecture. We understand that they do not have a permanent collection, but have changing exhibits. The one we saw was on the influence of the Apollo space mission to architecture. There was one room that had a building that was designed for the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA. There were various models, etc., but there was virtually no information on how the design for the building was developed from the models. I don't know if it was only intended for architects, but I didn't think it was at all informative. Also, there is a new museum building that is built around and attached to an old Victorian house. We were told we could tour the old Victorian, but the doorway that led to the house only led into a room that looked like it was used for meetings. There were no directional signs of how to get to other areas of the house. When we went up a stairway, it really looked like we shouldn't be there. Finally, when we initially entered the museum we had to check our bags upon entering, although we saw other people in the museum with backpacks. When we asked about it on the way out, we were told they were probably employees as all visitors were required to check bags. It didn't look that way to us. Anyway, we didn't stay long, and I wouldn't recommend this at all. It was a waste of time.

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Reviewed October 13, 2009

The museum space is an interesting melange of modern exhibition architecture and 19th-century Victorian Townhouse. The bookstore offers a great collection of architecture related readings.

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Reviewed July 13, 2009

I visited the Canadian Centre for Canadian Architecture in July 2009. It is located about a 10-15 minute walk away from Guy-Concordia subway stop. You will need a map to find the location, cause it is not immediately obvious where it is located.

I purposesly sought out the centre, as I thought it would be a different attraction to visit. The admission price was $10 and they wouldn't let you take your bag inside. The current exhibition was called "Speed Limits" and it was pretty good. Looking at things such as effiiciency in the workplaces, racing, time....it was interesting. However, it took about 30 minutes to look through that exhibit and that was it. There was one smaller exhibit there and a bookstore. However, half of the museum was shut down for a private function.

I realize now that this centre really just provides storage for a large collection of architectural drawings/publications and other works. The exhibitions simply are one small part. What I saw was interesting, but it wasn't worth the $10 admission fee.

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