Five cultural spaces within 10 minutes of the Palais des congrès de Montréal
Montréal is a city of culture, each quartier featuring a wealth of galleries, museums, and performances spaces. Here’s five inspiring spots perfect for attendees of any event at the Palais des congrés de Montréal to check out during some conference downtime. Better yet, they’re also available for meetings and other occasions.
MAC Montréal, the city’s major contemporary arts museum, is a cornerstone of Montréal’s arts complex in the heart of downtown, the Place-des-Arts. Popular with tourists and Montréalers alike, recent exhibitions include a loving look at the life of local legend Leonard Cohen, Iceland’s Olafur Eliasson, and Mexico’s Teresa Margolles. The Terrace, Main Hall, Atrium and Boardroom (all with great views across downtown Montréal) are all available for events.
The Pointe-à-Callière is Montréal’s archaeological museum, built on the city’s birthplace. The lower levels expose Montréal’s earliest foundations and stone streets, while the upper floors offer changing exhibitions on the city’s history. A multimedia presentation thrills the senses, and the outlook tower offers a stunning view of the Old Port and Old Montréal. Many rooms are also available for meetings, and the Montréal 360° room is a truly unforgettable venue for your next conference.
Pass through the historical façade of the Phi Centre and you’ll enter a world of cutting edge art and virtual reality experiences. Visiting artists like Björk and the Red Bull Music Academy have transformed the centre’s adaptable spaces, while regularly scheduled music and film programming guarantee a constantly changing and evolving space that’s quickly become one of Montréal’s indispensable art experiences. Room rental opportunities abound, including a wondrous view over Old Montréal’s rooftops from the Terrace, ideal for summer meetings with a difference.
The Darling Foundry is tucked away on the streets of Griffintown, one of Montréal’s most rapidly changing neighbourhoods. Housed in a former foundry, the Darling presents large-scale artworks in its main space easily experienced on a quick break (but also perfect for longer contemplation). Between exhibitions, the spaces are also available for meetings – we can think of few places promoting productivity better than a former factory.
DHC/ART FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
Featuring some of the city’s most exciting contemporary art programming, the DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art is a gem worth discovering in Old Montréal. Recent pieces by Bill Viola and Félix Gonzélez-Torres, plus residencies by well-known international artists mark the DHC/ART as an important player in the Montréal art scene. Constantly full of surprises, a wander through their multiple levels of galleries is always worth the short walk from the Palais.