Montreal Museums Day

– “Sieur de Maisonneuve, shall we both make this pilgrimage in honour of Ville-Marie?”

– “My dear Jeanne Mance, I was just about to suggest that…”

Hear ye, hear ye, good people, the traditional Montreal Museums Day will be held on Sunday, May 28!  All in all, 43 museums from across Greater Montreal will be taking part in this springtime open house. They’ve put together a truly original historical museum rally for you!

On this 375th anniversary, our museums are celebrating Montreal’s memories and creativity. There’s something for every taste, from history to art, science, archaeology, fashion, nature, film and music. And come soak up the festive atmosphere on the Promenade des artistes, the starting point for STM shuttles, with its historical figures, music and art.

There’s a contest, too: participants who share their favourite curiosity can win loads of great prizes, including a trip to Paris with Transat Holidays, tickets to the TNM, a BIXI subscription, and lots more.

Special 375th edition – Variety and new museums The complete program is available online at museesmtl.org. The Montreal Museums iPhone app also lists the participating museums with “MMD”.

Several exhibitions will be paying tribute to Montreal’s creativity and memories. For example:

– The Jeanne Mance (1606-1673), From France to New France exhibition, at the Musée des hospitalières, and the Fort Ville-Marie–Québecor pavilion, at the Pointe-à-Callière museum

DESIGN Montréal RCA. Les années 60-70, at the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner

Fashioning Expo 67, at the McCord Museum

Les 50 ans du Café Campus, at the Rock’n’Roll Museum

– The new Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is the first official legacy project for Montréal’s 375th anniversary

– The Maison Saint-Gabriel has its 375 Years at the Heart of the Action exhibition and its all new Jardin des origines, saluting First Nations women

This year, seven museums will be taking part in Montreal Museums Day for the very first time: the Lethbridge Exhibition Centre, Musée des Ondes Emile Berliner, Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada Museum, Musée des pompiers de Montréal, Rock’n’Roll Museum, Musée EudoreDubeau, and Regimental Museum of Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal.

Promenade des Artistes
Two historical figures will be on hand for this anniversary edition, in collaboration with Guidatour. Come hear Jeanne Mance and Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve tell of how they founded Montreal in 1642, and get a picture with them in the photobooth. Two museums will also be there, with fun exhibitions and musical workshops: the Rock’N’Roll museum-mobile and the Fusiliers Mont-Royal, one of whose members was Wilfrid Pelletier, one of the founders of Montreal’s first symphonic orchestra. And if you’re feeling creative, the artists-mediators from the MU group will be there again this year. You can pitch in to help make a group mural.

Getting from museum to museum
On foot, by STM bus or metro, by BIXI or TÉO TAXI… so many ways to get around and take part in Montreal Museums Day! The STM has been contributing to the success of the event since the very first year, running a fleet of free shuttles on five itineraries leaving from the STM zone in the Promenade des Artistes in the Quartier des spectacles. The buses will run continuously from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last departure from the Promenade des Artistes).

TÉO TAXI is taking part in MMD for the first time this year. Until May 28th inclusively, you can download the TÉO TAXI app and enter the JDMMTEO promo code for a $10 discount on your first fare valid until June 28th and a $5 contribution to the Montreal Museums Society. If you’re happier on two wheels, remember that BIXIs are free on the last Sunday in May. BIXI stations near museums are shown with a special symbol in the MMD brochure.

For more information, including the complete program in PDF version, visit: www.museesmontreal.org

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