The Montréal Science Centre is a family-friendly complex that’s arguably the most interactive experience a visitor will have in Montréal. Not just a museum, the CSM approaches science and technology in a hands-on way, so visitors can understand its applications in everyday life. Many of its exhibits and programs are geared toward adolescents and tweens (a show about sex was extremely straightforward and popular), but there’s plenty to tap the inner kid in all visitors, young or old. Permanent exhibitions include Mission Gaia, a multimedia role-playing exhibit in which visitors work collectively to solve environmental and social problems, and a technological showcase highlighting innovations that have dual purposes. Temporary exhibitions are a big draw; some recent ones include an exhibit of life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and an exhibit of props, costumes, and other materials from the “Star Wars” movies. Also onsite is an IMAX theater, an international-themed food court, multiple restaurants, a gift shop, and a summertime mall of boutiques at individual kiosks aligning the building.
- Leslie Brokaw, Erin Trahan, Matthew Barber