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 fall-winter 2018 programming will start with contemporary photography exhibitions that will reveal new works and a technique from a bygone era.

From May 4 to November 11, 2018 – Shalom Montreal: Stories and Contributions of the Jewish Community
Jewish communities have participated in Montreal’s growth and development. Their remarkable achievements in a variety of sectors—arts and culture, health and science, justice and community groups, even business and real estate—have benefited, and continue to benefit, all Montrealers. An exhibition full of reminiscences, videos and photos that highlights the stories behind these important contributions.

From June 15 to October 14, 2018 – Balenciaga, Master of Couture
Revered by his contemporaries and future fashion designers alike, Cristóbal Balenciaga represents the pinnacle of haute couture in the 1950s and 1960s. His exquisite craftsmanship, pioneering use of fabrics and innovative cutting set the tone for the modernity of late 20th century fashion. The creations, the exceptional skill and the legacy of Balenciaga will be in the spotlight through this major fashion exhibition organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum and a North American exclusive premiere.

From May 25, 2018 to February 10, 2019: Marisa Portolese: In the Studio with Notman, an exhibition which brings together portraits of women inspired by Portolese’s research on the Museum’s Notman collection. Marisa Portolese explores the studio tradition and its decors, paying particular attention to the backdrops and accessories used by Notman in photographing female subjects. Sixteen beautiful large-scale color portraits of women taken with an analog view camera using natural light.

From May 27 to October 14 2018: Montreal Storefronts, an outdoor exhibition on McGill College Avenue which gathers twenty-two photographs from 1892 to 1987 from the rich collection of the McCord Museum. Taken by well-known studios such as William Notman & Sons, by established photographers such as Michel Élie Tremblay, Denis Plain and David W. Marvin, talented amateur photographers like Edith H. Mather, but also by anonymous people. These shots revive the atmosphere of the Montreal of the old days, through shop windows and commercial signs, which animated the various districts of the city. The visit continues thanks to the outdoor walking tour Shopping in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Simply download the free iPhone app and locate the pellets on the ground.

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!