About the Museum

A word from the President

Welcome to the new 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. Our exhibitions attract and engage visitors with their diversity, timeliness, originality and boldness.

The Museum’s 2016-2017 program aptly reflects its mission:

Until September 25, 2016 – ELEGANZA: Italian Fashion From 1945 to Today, an exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London that focuses on the influence of Italian fashion and the work of the most celebrated Italian designers.

Until October 16, 2016 – Summer Holidays!, the 11th edition of the outdoor exhibition on Mcgill College Avenue, that will feature the vacation souvenirs gathered in snapshot albums from the 1900s to the 1940s. 24 photographs exemplifying the first manifestations of a genre of souvenir-photos that proliferates on social media networks today.

Until November 6, 2016 – Montreal Mansions, 1974, 40 stunning black and white prints by Montreal architect Charles Gurd, that eloquently portray a bygone way of life. These photographs taken in 1974 will show some interiors of magnificent homes of the who’s who in Montreal.

From November 4, 2016 to April 17, 2017 – Notman: A Visionary Photographer, a new perspective on the career of William Notman (1826–1891), Canada’s most important 19th-century photographer, featuring over 250 photographs and objects drawn primarily from the McCord Museum’s collection, supplemented by multimedia installations and interactive devices.

From March 9 to October 1, 2017 –  Exhibition on Expo 67 and Fashion in Montreal in the 1960s (temporary title), the ambiance of the Montreal’s fashion moment of the sixties recreated by garments, images, and stories of those who were there.

From April 7 to August 13, 2017 – Aislin, 50 Years of Caricatures (temporary title), a retrospective of the best caricatures created by Aislin over the 50-year course of his far-reaching career.

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.

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