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Museum Admission and Public Transit both free on May 31, 2009 in Montréal

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On the last Sunday every May, Montrealers celebrate art, history and science with Montréal Museums Day, when some 30 museums offer free access to the public, while six bus routes take visitors from place to place free of charge.

Every year, some 120,000 Montrealers and tourists flock to the city’s museums, which offer free admission for the day. The 2008 edition of the event set an attendance record, with 135,000 visits. Since its first edition in 1987, Montréal Museums Day has been a resounding success, with a total of more than 1.5 million visits.

An eclectic program

The museums offer free access to their permanent and temporary exhibits and run special activities for the whole family, outdoor activities, family fun, arts and crafts workshops, concerts, tastings, demonstrations, science experiments, films, games, rallies, historical re-enactments, presentations, shows and guided tours … they all make the day an event like no other.

Many ways to get there

On foot, by bike, by car, by bus or métro — even by river shuttle! — the museums are easy to access. With no fewer than six bus routes offering free transportation, you can check out museums in every corner of the city.

An act of citizenshipMontréal Museums Day was created by the Montréal’s museums to help citizens get to know these wonderful institutions. Free admission and free public transit, expanded opening hours, a special activities program and a major media campaign provided by presenting sponsor Quebecor contribute to the day’s success, all in the aim of making culture more accessible.

An international event

Unique in Canada, Montréal Museums Day is an event in the spirit of International Museum Day, marked all over the world around May 18. The day was created in 1977 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), an organization that is associated with UNESCO.
Learn more about ICOM

Many loyal partners

Montréal Museums Day is presented in collaboration with numerous partners, including the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), the day’s official public transit partner since 1987.

The event benefits from the support of various government agencies, particularly the financial support of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, an agreement between the Ville de Montréal and the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec.

Info : 1 877 BONJOUR ou 1 877 266 - 5687

* A crowd disembarks from the shuttle bus at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, May 25, 2008. Photo: Michel Dubreuil.

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