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.

Until October 1, 2017 – Fashioning Expo 67
This exhibition invites visitors to enter the world of Expo 67 and experience the effervescence of Montreal’s fashion moment. It will feature over 60 outfits and products from every sector of the Canadian fashion industry. The different sections of the exhibition will also display drawings, photographs, archival film footage, and documents. 

From November 2 to 5, 2017 – Quebec, by New York artist Adam Miller (temporary presentation)
A large-scale neo-realistic fresco that was inspired by the 1770 painting “The Death of General Wolfe” by Anglo-American artist Benjamin West that depicts the famous Battle of Quebec. Reminiscent of the academic style of classical 19th-century painters, Miller’s work reinterprets Wolfe’s painting with over one hundred historical, social and political figures from the province.

Until November 12, 2017 – Jayce Salloum – location/dis-location(s): beyond the pale
This subjective encyclopedia of personal images, organized by theme, raises questions around disputed borders, nationalism, social integration, and crises of identity.

Until January 7, 2018 – Illusions: The Art of Magic
The exhibition takes on the period of magic shows’ golden age and its advertising and promotional mechanisms that relied on phantasmagoricimagery. A selection of breathtaking posters featured for the first time in Canada, mostly dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that retraces the social history of this still active phenomenon.

From November 19, 2017 to March 11, 2018 – The Topsy-turvy Storyland
An invitation to an amazing universe of the fairy tales that have continued to enchant generation after generation: Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Little Mermaid and Cinderella. With extraordinary stage craft that will delight young and old alike, the exhibition will contain nearly 150 decorative art objects and toys from the McCord Museum collection.

From December 7, 2017 to April 8, 2018 – Gabor Szilasi: The Art World in Montreal, 1960–1980
About forty mostly unpublished photographs that Gabor Szilasi (1928) took at art openings and other artistic events in Montreal between 1960 and 1980. Shot in a spontaneous documentary style, they immortalize the people, places and vitality of Montreal’s art scene at a time of social and cultural upheaval.

From February 16 to May 6, 2018 – Michel Campeau : Life Before Digital
The Montreal photographer Michel Campeau (1948) offers a subjective and sentimental perspective of the material culture of photography before digital. His pictures of darkrooms and his collections of anonymous photographs from the fifties pay tribute to the big family of amateur photographers, in which viewers will recognize themselves.

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!