September to May:
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm
CLOSED on public holidays
June, July & August:
CLOSED on public holidays
Admission is by voluntary contribution for the general public. Suggested donation amounts are as follows:
|Children and students||No donation expected|
Special rate and reservation in advance required for all groups. For details of admission fees for groups, please refer to the Tours and group visits section below.
The Redpath Museum is located in downtown Montreal on the McGill University campus at:
859 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C4
Email: redpath.museum [at] mcgill.ca
Bus: 24 (Sherbrooke Street) or 144 (Pine Avenue)
Métro: green line, Peel or McGill stations.
Bixi: stands on Sherbrooke, McTavish and University.
For an overview of the parking areas available on campus, including those designated for persons with disabilities, please visit the McGill Transport website.
We regret the Redpath Museum does not have provision for wheelchair access.
For school groups: why not bring the Museum into your classroom? Our trained educators will come to you and deliver a hands-on workshop featuring natural history specimens from the Museum.
Tours and group visits
The Museum encourages visits by groups of all kinds, including camps, daycare centres, primary and secondary schools, CEGEPs, after-school groups, language schools, tour bus and special excursion groups.
We offer groups a choice between guided tours and self-guided visits. On guided tours, groups of up to 50 people are accompanied by guides through the Museum's feature exhibits. Guided tours are appropriate for ages 4 and up and are offered in either English or French. For more information please see our Group Visits to the Museum section.
School buses are not permitted to enter the downtown campus. School groups can be dropped off at the main entrance on Sherbrooke Street (the Roddick Gates) or at our dedicated drop-off zone on McTavish Street just north of Sherbrooke.
Making the most of your visit
Download our new leaflet here: musee_redpath_museum.pdf
We welcome visitors of all ages and do our best to make a visit to the Museum as interesting and enjoyable as possible. If you are visiting with a child, our downloadable Scavenger Hunt is a fun way to explore and learn more about the exhibits.
At the same time, the Redpath Museum is a public place for quiet study and observation where specimens and artifacts are preserved, exhibited and available for consultation. The Museum is also a teaching and research institution: laboratories, storage areas and offices are not open to the public. Because the Museum is a small and sensitive area that supports teaching and research as well as public education, we have drawn up a set of guidelines to allow all our multifarious activities to flourish side by side.
Visitors' code of conduct:
All teachers holding classes in the museum are responsible for the behaviour of their students. Students should be informed of the Museum regulations and asked to observe them during their visit.
- Visitors should not run through the galleries or speak loudly.
- Cell phones, iPods, Walkmans or other electronic devices should be turned off inside the Museum.
- Food and beverages are not allowed in the upstairs galleries of the Museum. They attract insects that can damage specimens and other Museum materials.
- Visitors may use Museum chairs but should return them to where they were positioned. Please do not block aisles, stairs or doorways.
- Visitors must not touch ANY specimens on exhibit that are labelled "Do not touch”.
- Visitors must not lean on the glass exhibit cases. They are very old and can easily break.
- Visitors are not allowed to photograph any museum exhibits or architecture with a flash bulb.
- Visitors should keep personal items with them at all times, since the Museum is not responsible for loss or theft.
- A limited number of coat racks are on the ground floor. During the winter months, we recommend that you bring indoor shoes to wear.
- Toilets are in the basement. Litter bins are available on each floor. The Museum does not have a public telephone.
Please use, but also respect, the Museum. Our Museum is part of McGill University which is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we meet today.
Enjoy your time here!
Facilities and rentals
The beautiful Victorian interiors of the Redpath Museum offer a unique setting for conferences and events of all kinds. The Museum's Auditorium seats up to 80 people.