Bens - Musee McCord

Temporary exhibition

Thursday June 19, 2014 — Sunday November 23, 2014


The Legendary Deli

This exhibition has ended

Revive the best years of the celebrated delicatessen with a selection of archival items and artefacts from the Montreal landmark, where people from all walks of life rubbed elbows at the same table.

Having grown over the years into an almost mythical institution whose reputation extended far beyond borders, frequented by both ordinary and famous customers, Bens Delicatessen, founded in 1908 by Benjamin Kravitz (1883-1956), closed in 2006 after nearly a century in business. The exhibition brings together some 100 objects, including posters, architectural plans, photos, counter stools, dishes, utensils, menus, recipes and testimonials that recount the history of this landmark, the very first of Montreal’s famous smoked meat restaurants.

Rediscover the soul of what was a vibrant fixture in Montreal throughout the 20th century. Its smoked meat, atmosphere and décor earned it a local and international reputation that attracted many celebrities including Mad Dog Vachon, Michael Jackson and Catherine Deneuve.

Not to be missed!

What people are saying about it

« Bens (....) is guaranteed to stir nostalgia for bygone days in city » Bill Browstein, The Gazette
« (...) A compact but fascinating exhibition about the eatery, founder Ben Kravitz, and a bright, shining moment in Montreal history » Michael Kaminer, Forward (N.Y.)
« Go see this wonderful exhibition and treat yourself to your own trip down memory lane to Ben's » Peter Kerr, The Montrealer

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