The Canadian Centre for Architecture

The CCA: A Montreal Museums Profile

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Canadian Centre for Architecture: In Brief

Founded in 1979, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is an architectural and urban planning hub open to the public in downtown Montreal.

An award-winning museum as well as a research center for scholars in architecture, landscaping and urban planning, CCA visitors can look forward to seeing works—photographs, models, drawings, and other formats—by the likes of historical and contemporary architectural greats, such as:

  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Le Corbusier
  • Peter Eisenman
  • Arata Isozaki
  • Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron


Prints & Drawings Collection

Roughly 100,000 prints and drawings dating back to the 1400s are available for public viewing and research purposes. Notable highlights include the largest Le Corbusier print collection outside of France, more than 50,000 images—prints, photographs, drawings, models—detailing the works of Peter Eisenman and the most important collection of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's work outside of the Museum of Modern Art in New York is here, at the CCA.


Photography Collection

Over 55,000 photographs from around the 1840s to today, including several daguerreotypes from the 1800s. The CCA also carries a particularly impressive collection of architectural photographs covering the 1840 to 1860 period.


Architectural Archives and Library

Covering the international as well as local architectural scene, the CCA has been collecting, since 1981, archival material related to significant people, groups and companies distinguishing themselves in architecture, landscaping and urban planning, containing almost 215,000 volumes—from the 15th century to today—and over 5,000 serial publications including 760 current periodical/journal subscriptions.

Researchers interested in a closer look must consult the online collection catalog, select the materials they wish to consult and make an appointment by telephone at (514) 939-7011. The CCA requires at least 48 hours to gather the material prior to the appointment. Up to 15 items are allowed per session.


Temporary Exhibits

The CCA holds temporary exhibits year round. Some notable past exhibitions include Other Space Odysseys and Expo 67: Not Just a Souvenir.


Opening Hours*

11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Friday 
11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Closed Monday and Tuesday



$10 adult; $7 senior; free for students; free for kids ages 12 and under; free on Thursdays after 5:30 p.m.



Canadian Centre for Architecture
1920 Baile Street (corner of St. Marc) Montréal, Québec H3H 2S6
Wheelchair accessible. Visitor services: (514) 939-7026

Get There: Guy-Concordia Metro




*Note that activities, schedules, opening hours, and admission prices are subject to change without notice.

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