Urban Tours: 150 landmarks on our App - McCord Museum


Urban Tours

History at your fingertips

The Urban Tours on the Musée McCord Museum application, in collaboration with Ivanhoé Cambridge, provide a fun way to learn more about the history of certain Montreal sites.

App available here: AppStore | WebApp

Take an exclusive outdoor tour thanks to historical images from the McCord Museum Photography collection of over 1.3 million pictures. Using your phone, you can follow various tours and discover how 150 landmarks looked in another era.

The Musée McCord Museum app is available for free on the App Store and on WebApp.

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. (Coming this summer!)


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


  • Griffintown – Evolving Montreal
  • McGill College: Where Change is Nothing New
  • Shopping in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Ivanhoé Cambridge: Downtown and Old Montreal
  • The Art of Magic
  • Golden Square Mile

Griffintown – Evolving Montreal

Over the past ten years, extensive structural and architectural transformation has made visible evidence of Griffintown’s industrial, working-class roots increasingly hard to find. But these recent changes represent only the latest chapter in a cyclical history of destruction and renewal.

As a complement to the exhibition, Griffintown – Evolving Montreal the McCord Museum and Ivanhoé Cambridge invite you to take a walk to discover some of the many changes that have transformed this mythical district since the 18th century.


As the construction gets underway, revisit McGill College Avenue to relive its transformations throughout the ages.

From heritage buildings to modern constructions, from Place Ville Marie to McGill University, this new outdoor tour retraces the history of this iconic avenue in Montreal through photographs, engravings and paintings from the Museum’s collection.

Shopping in the 19th and 20th Centuries Circuit

While St. Catherine Street is undergoing a makeover, the Shopping in the 19th and 20th Centuries tour invites you to relive the atmosphere of bygone Montreal through photographs, archives and objects from the McCord Museum’s collection that reflect fashions of the past.

Step into the past and discover 14 storefronts that adorned the streets of Montreal.

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 Urban tours on the McCord Museum app.

For a fourth year, Tthe real estate company is partnering with the McCord Museum and inviting visitors to follow a circuit connecting nine 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, Édifice Jacques-Parizeau and Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel.

To round out the Ivanhoé Cambridge circuit, visitors are also invited to see the 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 20th 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-des-Neiges Road to the West.

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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