The Stewart Museum carries the name of its founder and main benefactor, humanitarian and philanthropist, David M. Stewart.
Great collectors and passionate about Canadian history, David M. Stewart and his wife Liliane constituted, over time, a remarkable collection of objects and unique documents tracing the arrival of Europeans in the New World, their discoveries, and their daily life. The Stewart Museum’s collection consists of nearly 27 000 objects and unique documents from the 16th century to today.
Fascinated by the travel stories from European explorers, David M. Stewart cultivated his taste for scientific objects. He acquired a large collection of maps, terrestrial and celestial globes and navigational instruments used in the 17th and 18th centuries. Mr. Stewart cherished a desire to share his collection with all Montrealers. This is the main reason why he founded the museum.
Among the philanthropic actions in Europe by the collector and his wife, we note that they have contributed to the restoration of valuable monuments in France, including the Manoir Jacques-Cartier in Saint-Malo, and the Church of Brouage, the city where Samuel de Champlain was born.
Over the years, David M. Stewart and Liliane Stewart have received numerous awards and testimonials in recognition of their major contribution to the protection and development of the historical and cultural heritage of Canada.