Cultural activities


April 17: International Day for Monuments and Sites | Theme: Sports and leisures
Guided Tour Captive but active, the inmates of St. Helen’s Island (in French only)

May 22: National Patriots' Day
Special Guided Tour featuring the Museum's exceptional collection related to the Lower Canada Rebellion, 1837-1838, in Lower Canada.

May 29: 30th edition of Montreal Museums Day  
For this 30th edition, visit our exhibitions, have fun in the Hall of Games and visit the Museum's historic site built by the British in the 19th century for free!

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
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: Ghosts of the Museum  
For Halloween, enjoy a night family experience through an unusual tour where ghost stories await you.        

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

April 17: International Day for Monuments and Sites

Private collection

On the occasion of the International Day for Monuments and Sites, the Museum will offer the exclusive guided tour ''1940-1943 - Captive but active, the inmates of St. Helen’s Island''. Come and discover this moment of unknown Montreal’s history.

Camp S/43, installed in the military buildings of St. Helen's Island during Second World War, received more than 300 Italians from Great Britain. This visit of the historic site relates the reasons of their confinement and their life conditions in camp. Did the inmates have any playing or leisure time? Come and discover this moment of unknown Montreal's history.

11 a.m. to 12 p.m., in French
2 p.m. to 3 p.m., in French

1 hour

The tour is included in the Museum's regular admission fees.

Reservation required:
To book your place at one visit, please contact us today during weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 514 861-6701, ext. 233 or by email at

*Rain or shine. Part of the tour will take place outdoors. Bring appropriate outdoor wear and footwear.