Cultural Activities

Educational Activities

Outdoors Activities


Programming at the McCord Museum

The activities are free and do not require a reservation unless otherwise indicated.
Seating is limited. Members can make reservations.
You can also find information about activities in the Urban Forest on the back of this brochure.

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Tea at the McCord series 2014-2015


Montréal préphotographique (Montreal before photography)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
J.A. Bombardier Theatre of the Museum

With Christian Vachon, Curator, Paintings, Prints and Drawings

Curator Christian Vachon will take us back to the time before photography and unveil some rare and surprising depictions of Montreal in the McCord Museum's collection. Drawings, paintings and engravings are the only visual records of Montreal before 1851, the date of the first known photographs of the city. The images show the architecture of Montreal from 1760 to 1850 and reveal the beginnings of today's urban landscape.

In French with a period of questions in French and English
Tea and biscuits will be served.
Free admission, arrive early! No reservations except for Members.

Are you a Museum Member? Reserve a seat by calling 514-398-7100, ext. 520 or at

Future tea:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015: Montréal et la Grande Guerre : les écrits de chez nous en 1914-1918, with Céline Widmer, Curator, History and Archives

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Fashion at the Museum

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Screenings related to the Museum's rich Costume and Textiles collection and the Love in Fine Fashion exhibition.

La Mariée était en noir
January 14, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Screening of the film La mariée était en noir (1970) by French director François Truffaut. On his way out of the church, a groom is mysteriously killed right in front of his new wife. She embarks on a quest for vengeance against five suspects in the murder of her husband.
In French without subtitles

Savoir-faire, les ateliers du luxe
February 4, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Screening of the documentary Savoir-faire, les ateliers du luxe (2013) by Hopi Lebel. The film will be introduced by Cynthia Cooper, Curator, Costume and Textiles. Enter a world of luxury and discover the work of artisans who make Hermès scarves or Chanel bags.
In French without subtitles

Projection - Four Weddings and a Funeral
March 25, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Enjoy Mike Newell's romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). The film follows a group of friends through the eyes of Charles (Hugh Grant) who falls in love with an American woman he meets over the course of four weddings and a funeral.
In English with French subtitles

Free screenings, open to all. Seating is limited. Arrive early!

Are you a Museum Member? Reserve a seat by calling 514-398-7100, ext. 520 or at

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City Talks series 2014-2015

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Cultural Districts and the Challenge of Authenticity

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 6 p.m
In French with a period of questions in French and English

Sometimes spontaneous, sometimes planned, cultural districts are distinct, colourful entities that subdivide a city and characterize its diversity. When they are "manufactured" through political will, do they provide a real cultural experience, or are they just places to consume culture? How do they affect surrounding neighbourhoods, local cultural initiatives and artists?


Guy Bellavance, Professor, INRS, Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Alexandre Taillefer, Managing Partner, XPND Capital
Marie-Claude Lortie, Columnist, La Presse


City Talks is a series of four lectures bringing together city thinkers and builders to share their views on current practical urban issues affecting Montrealers. Take a critical look at our city. Discuss and debate issues related to its future! The lectures are open to everyone and followed by a friendly drink.

Last discussion:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - Reinventing parks: From Green Spaces to Citizens' Spaces

2014-2015 Program (pdf)

Free and open to all. No reservations except for Musem Members. Seating is limited. Arrive early.

Are you a Museum Member? Reserve a seat by calling 514-398-7100, ext. 520 or at


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After Hours at the McCord

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Thursday, February 12, from 5 to 9 p.m.

The McCord Museum After Hours is back in full force for 2015 and our first edition is held in an atmosphere of mad love as part of our exhibition Love in Fine Fashion! Bring your single friends and play cupid. Couples will not be disappointed with our delightful activities.

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March 12, 2015
The theme will be the exhibition The End of the Beginning, by Frédéric Lavoie, Artist-in-Residence. Join other survivors of the end of the world at this unique After Hours at the McCord. Visit the exhibitions and spend time with friends and colleagues in a post-apocalyptic atmosphere. Cocktails and appetizers will stave off famine while the DJ spins some tunes.

April 9, 2015
A particularly colourful After Hours at the McCord in conjunction with the exhibition Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette. As always, there will be lots of music.

Museum Members enter for free (no reservations required).

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Les Belles Soirées de l'Université de Montréal at the McCord Museum


History of Marriage
March 11, 2015, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Discover the history of the marriage ceremony. Cynthia Cooper, Curator, Costume and Textiles, will introduce a talk by Canadian writer and historian Elizabeth Abbott. A visit to the exhibition Love in Fine Fashion is included. The presentation will be in French followed by a bilingual question period.

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The 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War
April 13, 14 from 2 p.m to 4:30 p.m and April 22 from 2. p.m. to 4 p.m.

Historian and columnist André Champagne looks at socio-political aspects of the American Civil War (1861-1865) during a presentation on April 13 and 14 as part of the series Les Belles Soirées de l'Université de Montréal. On April 22, Hélène Samson, Ph.D., Curator, Notman Photographic Archives, will present the iconographic legacy of the American Civil War, including photographs in the collection that show the impact of the war on Montreal. The presentation will be in French followed by a bilingual question period.

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Poster Exhibition by Graphic Design Students


From February 11 to March 15, 2015 in the Atrium

The Museum is showing some posters on the theme of soil conservation around the world created by CEGEP and university graphic design students. They were all submitted as part of an annual competition held by the Société des designers graphiques du Québec for the Marc H. Choko scholarships and will become part of the heritage collections of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. The best poster will also be displayed around the city.


Retro Games at the McCord Museum

Wednesday March 4, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Level 1

Indulge in some nostalgia for vintage video games with our Retro Games activity, in collaboration with Montreal Joue Festival. Joins us for a special evening of retro gaming on Wednesday March 4th : 6 stations will be available for all to try from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. !

Make the fun last and come by to play at the Museum from March 1st to March 8th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Nuit Blanche - Part of the Montréal en Lumière Festival


February 28, 2015, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Explore your artistic side at an unforgettable nighttime workshop. You'll be surprised by the collective results!

Come to the McCord Museum on Nuit Blanche 2015, and create small pieces of edible architecture as part of our gourmet installation reflecting the city. Take part in constructing a creative and environmentally-friendly TAMIAMGRAM. Combine geometric shapes to build a multitude of forms. The TAMIAMGRAM can be eaten or taken away - once we've stopped having fun!


Archives in the Plural: Montreal from 1914-1918

May 21 and 22, 2015 at 6 p.m. on Level 1

In collaboration with the Archives of the Ville de Montréal, the Museum hosts a multidisciplinary event taking a fresh look at Montreal from 1914-1918. Artists of different backgrounds will delve into the archives and use words, images and music to create a contemporary interpretation of a turbulent and critical period for Montreal.

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