Redpath Museum, McGill University
Tourism Region: Montreal
The Redpath Museum, one of the oldest museums in Canada, was opened in 1882 to preserve and display the valuable collections of Sir William Dawson, a noted Canadian natural scientist.The Redpath Museum exists to foster the study of the history and diversity of the natural world. Its mandate includes geological, biological and cultural diversity. It conducts conventional academic teaching and research activities on the scale of academic departments of comparable size, and also provides academic services to other units. Its distinctive feature is the preservation and curation of objects, the registration of their existence, and the provision of access to other collections. Through the public display and interpretation of these objects, it both advances undergraduate and graduate education, and serves the wider community on whose continued goodwill the University eventually relies.
About the Collections
The Redpath Museum is a unique interdisciplinary unit within the Faculty of Science. It houses and displays large collections of ancient and modern organisms, minerals, and cultural artefacts. At McGill University, it is the centre for teaching and research on the history and diversity of life.
The Redpath Museum has over 17,000 archaeological and ethnographic items including material from ancient Egypt and the Mediterranean, and African, South American, Pacific Island, and Asian artefacts. The collections include utilitarian and ceremonial objects made of wood, pottery, stone, metal, glass, and vegetable fibre. Please note that all of McGill's First Nations material has been transferred to the McCord Museum.
African • Asian • Australian • European • Oceanian • Central/South American
Other Period: Most cultural materials in the Redpath Museum were gathered over the past two hundred years. Many of these objects have been in McGill University's collections for more than a century. There are a few contemporary pieces.
World Cultures (ethnographic and archaeological artefacts
Plants and Animals (Biological Collections)
Scientific Specimens : Type Specimens • Zoology : Mollusks (Mollusca) : Crustaceans (Crustacea) : Sponges (Porifera) : Vertebrates : Fish (Pisces) : Amphibians (Amphibia) : Reptiles (Reptilia) : Birds (Aves) : Mammals (Mammalia)
Earth Science and Geological Collections
Minerals • Rocks • Meteorites
Fossil Invertebrates (Invertebrate Paleontology) • Fossil Vertebrates (Vertebrate Paleontology)
Services & Activities
: Age 0-4 (Pre-School)
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
Accessible by Public Transportation
Special Needs Facilities
Volunteer Services Available
Number of Volunteers: 15
859 Sherbrooke St. W.
Hours of Operation
School groups should make reservations
Open: 9:00 to 5:00 Monday thru Friday
Sunday 1:00 to 5:00
Summer closed Fridays
Statutory holidays in Quebec
and 1 week at Christmas
Unguided group visits: $2.00 per person (for school groups)