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.

Coming on Tuesday, April 30, is “Hats Off,” an exhibit produced by the Canadian Museum of Civilization that pays homage to yesteryear’s favorite wardrobe accessory. Arriving Thursday, June 6, is “From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly — Beyond the Icon,” a unique tribute to the actress-turned-real-life princess told through 100 artifacts, photographs and film clips.

The museum is at 690 Sherbrooke St. W. Adult admission costs $14. Call (514) 398-7100, or visit


Coming soon to Old Montreal’s Chateau Ramezay is another Canadian Museum of Civilization exhibit called “Heart and Soul: Quebec Folk Art,” beginning Monday, May 20. 

Chateau Ramezay is at 280 Notre Dame E. Adult admission costs $10. Call (514) 861-3708, or visit


The Montreal Science Centre takes a big bite with their new exhibit, “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey,” an up-close glimpse that explores some fascinating facts as well as myths about one of the world’s oldest creatures. It continues through Sunday, Sept. 15.

The onsite IMAX Theater also features two distinct big-screen offerings with “To the Arctic 3-D” and “Rocky Mountain Express.”

The Science Centre is at King Edward Pier in the Old Port. Adult admission for “Planet Shark” costs $20. Combo-visit tickets are also available. Call (514) 496-4724, or visit


Coming soon to the Canadian Center for Architecture is “Archaeology of the Digital,” a unique architectural investigation that explores the 1980s- to 1990s-era of “digital architecture” and the use of digital tools.

Works explored include Frank Gehry’s Lewis Residence, Peter Eisenman’s Frankfurt Biocentrum, and Chuck Hoberman’s Expanding Sphere. It’s presented Tuesday, May 7, through Sunday, Oct. 13.

The Center for Architecture is at 1920 Baile St. Admission costs $10 for adults. Call (514) 939-7026, or visit


Finally, it’s your last chance to catch a cache of abstract and contemporary works at Musee d’art Contemporain with exhibitions that highlight artists Tino Sehgal, Laurent Grasso, Lynne Cohen and Jonathas de Andrade. The exhibits continue through Sunday, April 28, at 185 Ste. Catherine St. W. 

Adult admission costs $12. Call (514) 847-6226, or visit

Steven Howell is the author of Montreal Essential Guide, a Sutro Media iPhone travel app available at