Out & About

April 11, 2013

Montreal museums boast full schedule

MONTREAL — The change of seasons brings with it a new crop of exhibitions at your favorite Montreal museums.


First up, there’s a new museum in town, and this one is out of this world.

After more than a yearlong hiatus, a move from downtown to the East End and a cost of $48 million, the Montreal Planetarium, officially named the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, is now open for business.

Situated near the Biodome and Olympic Stadium, just across the street from the Botanical Garden, the planetarium space features “Continuum,” a 25-minute multimedia space journey set to the music of Philip Glass in the new Chaos Theatre. Other attractions include “From the Earth to the Stars,” an astronomer-guided peek into the heavens in the newly installed Milky Way Theatre, and “Exo: Our Search for Life in the Universe,” a new permanent exhibit that explores the possibility of life outside our own universe.

The Planetarium is at 4801 Pierre De Coubertin Ave. Adult admission costs $18.75. Call (514) 868-3000, or visit


Currently on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is “Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon,” a sumptuous display of Peruvian art and artifacts that are more than 2,000 years old. Read all about it in next week’s Out & About. The exhibition continues through Sunday, June 16.

Coming this summer to the MFA are exhibitions devoted to Dale Chihuly, an American artist who specializes in blown-glass installations, and Carl Faberge, the acclaimed Russian jeweler whose exhibit comes with a steadfast collection of his iconic Faberge eggs.

MFA is at 1379 Sherbrooke St. W. Adult admission costs $17.40. Call (514) 285-2000, or visit


The McCord Museum of Canadian History offers “Haiti: Chaos and Daily Life,” a collection of 40 large-scale photographs by Benoit Aquin, whose vision explores the daily lives of Haitians in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. It continues through Sunday, May 12.

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