Cultural activities

September 3 and 4: The First World War comes to life
Living history event where costumed interpreters will make you live an immersive experience through artifacts and reproductions of objects from the First World War.

September 20: Les Belles Soirées de l'Université de Montréal
Conspiracy, espionage and treason: The Canadian Confederation faced with the secret fenian brotherhood from 1866 to 1871
(in French only)
Lecture by historian Laurent Busseau on the Fenian Raids against Canada which mark its 150th anniversary this year.

October 1: Journées de la culture | Theme: Music
That makes music?! The wonderful world of weird instruments
During Journées de la culture, meet musicologist Bruno Paul Stenson and learn about musical instruments evolution and how they work depending of their type(string, wind or percussion). For your listening pleasure, he will play twenty of these, some really unusual!

October 28: Strange and Haunted Objects  
For Halloween, enjoy a night family experience through an unusual tour where ghost stories await you.        

October 29 and 30: Quirky Monsters
For the Halloween weekend, dress up in costume and take part in family activities related to Curiosities exhibition, including a monstrous animal workshop!

September 3-4 - First World War Comes to Life

A first in Quebec!

First World War centenary

During two days only, the Museum will host this fully-animated exhibit that explores the lesser known wartime contributions of the Canadian men and women who served beyond the trenches, both at home and overseas.

From home front relief efforts and wartime production to frontline communications and medical aid, the exhibit offers a series of dynamic displays and activities for visitors to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a world behind the front lines.

Visitors of all ages are invited to engage with live costumed interpreters and explore how they too can contribute to the war effort:

•    Join a victory rally and ‘knit your bit’ for the boys on the front
•    Explore the inside of a 1918 Ford Ambulance and train for your First Aid Nursing certificate
•    Keep the lines of communication open and send a message by carrier pigeon
•    Sow the seeds of victory in your very own backyard war garden
•    Inspect the handiwork of a munitionette and see if you are fit for factory war work

Generously funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and Veterans Affairs, First World War Comes to Life is curated by the Victoria County Historical Society. The exhibit is currently travelling across Canada through to 2018 to mark the centenary of the First World War.

While the project works to share collective wartime experiences from across Canada, the exhibit also highlights stories of local contributions relevant to each community it visits. Through these overlooked stories, First World War Comes to Life expands the definition of what it meant to serve and explores the legacy of this pivotal time in Canadian history.

September 20: Lecture - Belles Soirées de l'Université de Montréal

Crédit : Bibliothèque et archives du Canada-Library and Archive Canada C- 011731 
Conspiracy, espionage and treason: The Canadian Confederation faced with the secret fenian brotherhood from 1866 to 1871 (in French only)

See activity description in French.

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Theme: Music

Most people are familiar with common musical instruments such as the guitar, the trumpet and the simple drum, but most people are also unfamiliar with some very strange instruments from foreign countries and even from their own.

In this lecture by musicologist Bruno Paul Stenson, we take a look at some of the weirder instruments from around the world. Duration: 60 minutes

The activity is free of charge and includes a self-guided visit to the exhibitions.

Reserve your spot!
(514) 861-6701, ext. 233

Photo Credit: Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal