I have lived in Montreal for six months, and I have visited six museums. The shame! There are over forty museums on the island, so a grand total of six museums (albeit visited multiple times) is not a great batting average.
I've had a lot on my plate with adjusting to life in Montreal: finding and fluffing a nest, dealing with Canadian immigration, building a community, and figuring out what my life looks like here. (I do think I'm adjusting quite nicely to Canadian life though: today a man on the bus stepped on my foot, and *I* apologized). All that to say, I haven't had an infinite supply of energy to dedicate to exploring museums.
But I recently had some great news:
I've been accepted in a PhD program for the fall! I'll be studying the effects of new technologies on visitor learning in museums. I'm especially excited by mobile apps in museum settings.
So, I need to take advantage of this pre-PhD time to explore the museums of Montreal, big and small.
How best to approach the task? Make a game of it. I found a list of museums on the Montreal Museums Society's website, printed it out, and cut out each museum's name. I needed a way to mix up the pieces of paper, so I could randomly choose a museum to visit. The solution seemed obvious:
A museum cocktail! On days when I'm free to visit a museum, I'll simply shake up the museums and serve up a destination for the day.
While I'm excited to get to know the museum landscape of my new city better, I'm not looking forward to the entry fees. I am currently between ICOM cards and I am not yet a student, so I'll be paying full price admission for the first time in my life. Alack, alack.