MONTREAL — Pick a museum. Any museum.
The 24th Montreal Museums Day, presented from 9 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. Sunday, offers free admission to 30 of the city’s best museums and cultural institutions.
In addition to free admission, free shuttle service is provided to whisk you all about town.
Five color-coded routes — blue, red, green, yellow, purple — help you plan your day. Expect a crowd.
If you can’t make it Sunday, the Montreal Museums Pass offers a three-day admission pass to most area museums with public transportation included for $80. It’s valid for three consecutive days.
A second Museums Pass option costs $75 without public transportation and is valid for any three days of your choice within a three-week period.
An annual pass costs $215 and includes two annual visits to each museum for one person or one admission for two people to each museum.
For a complete list of museums, visit www.montrealmuseums.org or call (877) 266-5687.
Here are a few suggestions for Montreal Museums Day.
Chateau Dufresne, the Beaux Arts-style mansion built for the Dufresne brothers, displays elegant furnishings, decadent decor and the fanciful frescos of Guido Nincheri, an artist who designed many local churches.
The space features the opening of the new Dufresne-Nincheri museum complex, which includes the Studio Nincheri devoted to stained glass.
At 2929 Jeanne d’Arc Ave. at the corner of Pie IX just across from Olympic Stadium. Metro Pie IX. Call (514) 259-9201 or visit www.chateaudufresne.com.
Nearby, the recently inaugurated Montreal Planetarium offers a journey to the stars — and beyond — with the multimedia show “To the Edge of the Universe,” and explores the possibility of some extra-terrestrial neighbors with the exhibition “Exo: Our Search for Life in the Universe.”
Also playing is “Continuum,” a must-see otherworldly 25-minute multimedia space journey set to the music of Philip Glass.