In order to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), only the lower level of the Montreal Bahá’í Shrine is currently open to visitors.
What to expect
The Bahá’í Shrine was designed by William Sutherland Maxwell to be a family home. It is regarded as a Shrine because of its association with the visit of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to Montréal in 1912. The building has been restored to its original condition, circa 1912.
A place of prayer and meditation
The Bahá’í Shrine is a place of prayer and meditation. Therefore, visitors are invited to enter the Shrine in a manner that will preserve this environment and atmosphere. The main floor used to be a living area, and it contains artifacts and mementos collected by the Maxwell family. The upper floor includes the room where ‘Abdu’l-Bahá stayed during His visit, and this is a room that visitors are asked to approach with dignity, care and respect. Bahá’í prayer books are available upon request.
Parents of small children will need to consider arrangements that will allow their visit to maintain the devotional environment of the Shrine.
Beginning the visit
Visitors are first welcomed at a Visitor’s Centre, located adjacent to the Shrine. There is an opportunity to view a brief film about the Shrine and its association with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to Montréal. The Centre also contains basic amenities to provide for the comfort of visitors. After preparing to approach the Shrine, visitors are invited to proceed next door.
Due to the historic condition of the Shrine, there are limited accommodations for those who have accessibility requirements. Visitors may wish to call or email ahead of time with specific questions about their needs.