Public Art and Architecture

Visite-art-public-04089hThis city tour covers the most prominent buildings and works of public art in Montréal. “Versatility” and “abundance” are two words that best sum up Montréal’s public art and architecture. Varied influences and styles are combined in a unique cityscape that juxtaposes the old and new. Discover all the architectural splendor and artistic masterpieces in the company of an expert guide!

Highlights include

  • Witness French, British and North American influences all located in a single city.
  • Experience a range of architectural styles, such as neo-classical, neo-Gothic, Second Empire, Art Deco, modern and post-modern.
  • Admire the city’s most important monuments, learn the history they commemorate.
  • Allow yourself to be charmed contemporary works of public art. Sometimes unusual, these unique oeuvres are found scattered around public places throughout the city.

Sites visited

On a typical tour, for example, you will see:

  • The historic warehouse-stores of Old Montreal, the magnificent Montreal City Hall and the elegant Château Ramezay.
  • The magnificent Notre Dame Basilica, and if you want, its flamboyant interior ($).
  • The Biosphere, Canada’s first geodesic dome.
  • Habitat 67, an icon of cubist architecture.
  • A panoramic view of the downtown skyscrapers, old and new.
  • The Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral, almost an exact replica of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
  • The monuments of Dorchester Square, as well as the former “Camillienne” (a public restroom).
  • The largest indoor pedestrian network in the world, Montréal’s Underground City (on foot).
  • Victorian homes in Montréal’s Golden Square Mile, the Museum of Fine Arts and its sculpture garden.
  • The famous Olympic Stadium and the tallest inclined tower in the world.
  • The row houses and typical winding stairs of the Plateau Mont- Royal.
  • Street furniture in the Quartier international, winner of several prizes for urbanism.
  • Bronze statues of great Montrealers and an overview of the Montréal’s major public art collection.
  • Add an extra hour to see:
  • Place des festivals and the largest interactive fountain in Canada (on foot).
  • Place des Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Georges-Émile Lapalme Area (on foot).
  • The very Anglo-Saxon city of Westmount and the mystical Saint Joseph’s Oratory.

Practical information & Reservation

We can customize the duration, the circuit and the content of the tour at any time, according to your needs and interests. Contact us for more information or to book a tour.

Schedule: year, day and time of your choice (according to availability).

Suggested time: 3 hrs minimum.

2020 Rate: $255 (including taxes) for the private guide service of 3 hrs. Gratuity at your discretion.

Transportation not included. The guide can conduct the visit in your vehicle.
Need a vehicle? We can help you!

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Photo Credits: © Canadian Tourism Commission, Pierre St-Jacques / © Tourisme Montréal, Mario Melillo