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 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.

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!