MTL Urban Museum

History at your fingertips

First in Canada, the iPhone application MTL Urban Museum, in collaboration with Ivanhoé Cambridge, provides a unique opportunity to revisit the history of Montreal landmarks such as Sainte-Catherine Street, Sherbrooke Street, Old Montreal, Mount Royal Park and the McGill University campus.

Take an exclusive geo-localized outdoor tour thanks to historical images, part of the 1.2 million pictures in the Notman Photographic Archives of the McCord Museum. Discover them as you move through the city by following one of the MTL Urban Museum autonomous themed circuits.

The app is available for free on the App Store.

Watch where you walk!

Decals on the ground, particularly on Sainte-Catherine Street, Sherbrooke Street, and near Mount Royal, help to locate a number of places included in the application.


NEW! Outdoor self-guided tours are now available with the MTL Urban Museum app. Discover more than 150 points of interest!


  • Ivanhoé Cambridge: Downtown and Old Montreal
  • The Art of Magic, in association with the Illusions: The Art of Magic exhibition
  • Golden Square Mile

Organized in collaboration with Ivanhoé Cambridge, these tours offer a unique opportunity to revisit the history of Montreal landmarks like St. Catherine Street, Sherbrooke Street, Old Montreal, Mount Royal Park and the McGill University campus.

Ivanhoé Cambridge Circuit

Ivanhoé Cambridge is a world-class real estate company, which owns a portfolio with some of the most beautiful historic buildings in Montreal. Several Ivanhoé Cambridge properties are highlighted in the MTL Urban Museum tours of the McCord Museum app.

For a third year, Tthe real estate company is partnering with the McCord Museum and inviting visitors to follow a circuit connecting eleven different properties. Ivanhoé Cambridge has selected five points of interest for informative indoor components complementing the use of the application. They are located at Complexe Les Ailes, Place Ville Marie, Centre CDP Capital, 1000 de la Gauchetière and Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth.

To round out the Ivanhoé Cambridge circuit, visitors are also invited to see the Centre de commerce mondial, Place Montréal Trust and W Montreal Hotel. A whole new way to look at downtown Montreal!

The Art of Magic Circuit

The Golden Age of Magic (1880-1930) was a significant period for popular entertainment in Montreal. From the early 19th to the early th century, Montreal was home to nearly fifty theatres and performance halls, many of which presented magic shows. Between 1882 and 1934, Montreal welcomed Alexander and Adelaide Herrman, Harry Kellar, Howard Thurston and Harry Blackstone, as well as Houdini and his famous “Water Torture Cell” illusion.

Step into the past and discover 13 Montreal magic venues!

Golden Square Mile Circuit

Since the 19th century, the neighbourhood of the Golden Square Mile has been synonymous with luxury due to its sumptuous mansions as well as department stores, university buildings and luxury hotels, all within the area of Montreal bordered by René-Lévesque Boulevard to the South, Robert-Bourassa Street to the East, Mount-Royal to the North, and Côte Sainte-Catherine Street to the West.

Equipped with your smartphone or tablet, and the MTL Urban Museum tours in the McCord Museum application, discover the typical architecture of the Golden Square Mile and explore sumptuous mansions built by influential figures of the 19th and 20th centuries, that underwent many transformations. You will be surprised by what they are used for today.

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