The McCord Museum unveils its expansion project

04/30/2019
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The McCord Museum has just unveiled its expansion project, which will be carried out on the museum's current site.

The new museum will be built on the current site of the McCord Museum, in addition to integrating Victoria Street, which borders the west side of the Museum, and the grounds of the former Le Caveau restaurant, which was located on President Kennedy Avenue. The museum will thus be able to meet its needs for additional space and build a museum establishment that will mark Montréal's urban and cultural landscape.

It was in close collaboration with the City of Montréal, which transferred the rights to use Victoria Street for the construction of the new museum, and after a feasibility study had been carried out that this site was selected. It will bring together three museums that have merged in recent years: the McCord Museum, the Stewart Museum and the Fashion Museum.

This major project will provide Montreal with a world-class institution that will be a legacy for Montrealers. "It is important for our administration that this project for a new museum be carried out. This will be a major asset for Montreal and a source of pride for all of us. We are pleased to have been able to contribute to its advancement by transferring the rights to use Victoria Street, so that this cultural space can continue to benefit from the local and tourist traffic of museums in the heart of downtown," said the Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante.

The McCord Stewart Museum also received a $15 million pledge from The Emmanuelle Gattuso Foundation, the largest private monetary donation made to a Quebec museum institution in more than 30 years. 

A symbol of local pride and an important tourist attraction, the new museum will be located in the centre of the city and will highlight it. In the heart of the Golden Square Mile, halfway between the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée d'art contemporain, close to downtown universities, the McGill metro station, the next Réseau express métropolitain (REM) and the future McGill College public square, the chosen site meets the museum's desire for accessibility and openness. 

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