Neighbourhood - Buildings

Redpath Museum



History

The principal of McGill University from 1855 to 1893, a researcher and natural history enthusiast since childhood, Sir John William Dawson pursued a dream commensurate with his vast collections: to open a museum.

Fearing that Dawson might leave for another university, Peter Redpath, a sugar magnate known for his generosity, had a museum built on the university campus, the first building in Canada designed specifically for this purpose.

Redpath Museum first opened in 1882, and continues to attract many visitors owing to the importance of its paleontological, geological, botanical, archeological and other collections, mostly assembled by Dawson.

Incidentally, it is within the walls of this building that McGill University's first courses for women were taught.

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McGill University Campus
About 1907
13.7 cm x 8.7 cm
© Collection Dinu Bumbaru, © Héritage Montréal

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Musée Redpath

© McGill University Archives, (PS005278-Redpath-Museam-1884,118799), © Héritage Montréal

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Redpath Museum, McGill University

13.6 cm x 8.8 cm
© Collection Dinu Bumbaru, © Héritage Montréal

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"Exterior view: Redpath Museum"

24.5 cm x 18.5 cm
© McGill University Archives, (PR002670), © Héritage Montréal