McCord Stewart Museum - Montreal Social History Museum


The McCord Stewart Museum celebrates life in Montréal, past and present: its history, its people, and its communities. With local roots and a global outlook, the museum hosts thought-provoking exhibitions and educational and cultural events that engage people from within and outside Quebec by offering a contemporary look at history. It houses one of the largest historical collections in North America, with more than 1.5 million artifacts including the collections of Dress, Fashion and Textiles; Photography; Indigenous Cultures; Documentary Art, Material Culture and Archives. McCord Stewart Museum: Our People, Our stories.


Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience
Permanent exhibition

The Museum's new permanent exhibition gives a voice to indigenous peoples through some one hundred objects accompanied by more than 80 textual and video testimonies collected from people from the 11 indigenous nations in Quebec. Directed by huron-wendat curator Elisabeth Kaine, the exhibition invites the public to come and meet the indigenous peoples and their points of view through a three-part journey that highlights their still little-known knowledge, the deep wounds they bear and their incredible resilience.

Incipit – COVID-19, Photgraphs by Michel Huneault
In the spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic began in Montreal. Struck by the historic nature of the situation, the Museum gave photographer Michel Huneault carte blanche to document this unprecedented upheaval. Named for the Latin word incipit, meaning “here begins,” the exhibition INCIPIT – COVID-19 recalls the early stages of the crisis, a chance to reflect back on the series of events that put the world on pause, starting from the first outbreak.

Alexander Henderson : Art and Nature
From June 10, 2022 to April 16, 2023

The Museum presents the first major exhibition devoted to the photographer Alexander Henderson (1831-1913). Captivated by the majesty of territory’s wilderness, Henderson would become one of the country’s leading landscape photographers.

Marvel at the vast spaces and fascinating urban scenes through the course of the photographer’s career, from his early excursions into Montreal’s surrounding countryside, his trips to the furthest reaches of Quebec – including the Outaouais, Gaspésie and Côte-Nord regions, and the majestic Saguenay fjord – and his travels to Western Canada.

Disraeli Revisited - Chronicle of an Event in Quebec Photography
The exhibition Disraeli Revisited will mark the 50th anniversary of a pivotal event in the history of photography in Quebec: the Disraeli project. The exhibition seeks to celebrate, expand and revise the original Disraeli project by bringing together photographs and documents that tell the story from multiple viewpoints.

Produced in collaboration with the project’s four photographers, it will feature vintage prints from the original series as well as photographs shown for the very first time and printed especially for this exhibition. These photographs will be presented alongside archival documents such as newspaper clippings, letters, posters and private photographic albums.

Enchanted worlds
November 25, 2022, to January 8, 2023

Montrealers have been spellbound by the mechanical displays in Ogilvy’s department store window for over 70 years — a Holiday tradition that began in 1947. The Bavarian scenes, custom made by the German toy manufacturer Steiff, feature dozens of handcrafted animals working and playing.


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McCord Stewart Museum
690 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal (Québec) H3A 1E9
Tel.: (514) 398-7100

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