About the Museum

A word from the President

Welcome to the McCord Museum website!

Dynamic, interactive, innovative and open to the world, our website mirrors our Museum, which is an important contributor to cultural life in Montreal and aligned to the interests of its citizens.

Dedicated to the preservation, study and appreciation of Montreal’s social history, the McCord Museum is home to one of the largest historical collections in North America. This collection illustrates Canada’s history, the history of its society built by three founding nations: the First Peoples, the French, and the English.

Our exhibitions engage visitors through their diversity, contemporaneity, originality, and audacity. In 2017, the Museum’s programming takes place specifically within the framework of Montreal’s 375th anniversary, the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, and the 50th anniversary of Expo 67.

Until March 26, 2017 – Notman, A Visionary Photographer
A new perspective on the career of William Notman (1826–1891), the first Canadian photographer to attain international fame in the 19th century, featuring over 250 photographs and objects drawn primarily from the McCord Museum’s collection, supplemented by multimedia installations and interactive devices.

From March 17 to October 1, 2017 –  Fashioning Expo 67
A memorable event in the history of Montreal and Canada, Expo 67 was an exceptional showcase for local fashion designs, represented by hostesses’ uniforms, garments, images, and stories of those who were there.

From April 7 to August 13, 2017 – Aislin: 50 Years of Cartoons
A retrospective of the best caricatures created by Aislin over the 50-year course of his far-reaching career. In a way, it presents a short, fast forward history of Quebec, Montreal, and Canada since 1967.

From May 12 to September 17, 2017 – Ville suspendue : le Musée McCord raconte Montréal
As part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary grand tour this exhibition-installation will travel through nineteen boroughs. It will present a parcel of Montreal’s large history as well as bits chosen from the history of the neighbourhoods visited, with the help of photos and stories.

From May 26, 2017 to January 21, 2018 – Illusions: The Art of Magic
A selection of breathtaking posters, mostly dating from the late 19th  and early 20th  centuries. An exhibition that will take on the period of magic shows’ golden age and its advertising and promotional mechanisms that relied on phantasmagoric imagery.

From June 9 to October 15, 2017 – Expo 67: The Place to Be
Twenty-four spectacular colour photographs of Expo 67, taken by documentary filmmaker Jean-Louis Frund, will be installed on McGill College Avenue and will bring this effervescent period back to life.

We also invite you to attend our lectures, film screenings and workshops and enjoy the varied educational and cultural activities that enrich this program, many of which are enhanced through innovative mobile applications.

I look forward to welcoming you to our Museum, a museum for all Montrealers.

Suzanne Sauvage
President and Chief Executive Officer

Not to be missed!