On the banks of the St. Lawrence River, just 10 km from downtown Montréal, contemporary art rubs shoulders with archaeology and history. Musée de Lachine comprises the Le Ber-Le Moyne heritage site, a designated archaeological collection, 17th-century buildings and a vast, 50-piece sculpture garden called Musée plein air de Lachine.
In addition to its permanent historical exhibition, the Musée provides a discovery space on the fur trade in New France. And for the 350th anniversary of Lachine and the 375th of Montréal, it is hosting a variety of activities focused on the establishment of a trading post at Lachine.
May 3 to October 1, 2017, Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 pm
June 20 to September 3, 2017, Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 5 pm
Closed June 24 and July 1
Maison Le Ber-Le Moyne: Scene of Dreams
May 3 to October 1
1 Chemin du Musée
Built between 1669 and 1671 for the fur trade, Maison Le Ber-Le Moyne is a designated historical site. It houses more than 400 objects, pieces of furniture and archaeological artifacts that illustrate centuries of everyday life, which revolved around trading with First Nations, agriculture, commerce and navigation.
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay
Musée plein air de Lachine
Open daily, from sunrise to sunset
Museum grounds, René-Lévesque Park and waterfront parks
With a collection of close to 50 works, the Musée plein air de Lachine is one of Canada’s largest contemporary sculpture gardens. Strollers and cyclers will enjoy creations by renowned artists including Linda Covit, André Fournelle, Michel Goulet, David Moore and Bill Vazan.
To Get A Drink You Have To Sell: Advertising and Black Horse Beer in the 20th Century
Open year-round, Friday, 6 to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 pm
Closed on holidays
At the Entrepôt, 2901 Saint-Joseph Blvd., Lachine
This exhibition illustrates how the Black Horse beer advertising strategy evolved in step with alcohol consumption regulations, corporate mergers and societal changes. It is presented in the vaulted cellars of what was once the main production facility for the famous Black Horse brew.
Visit our virtual exhibition to view the Dawes Black Horse collection in its entirety:
Sculp’tour – New 350th-375th Tour
Wednesday to Sunday, May to September, between 9 am and noon
Discover Musée plein air de Lachine, one of Canada’s largest sculpture gardens, with a knowledgeable guide. By bike or on foot, these unique tours are a delightful way to learn about contemporary sculpture.
Lisette Lemieux, Regard sur le fleuve, 1992
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay
The focus during this year of celebration is on sculptures that allude to the history of Lachine, continental exploration and voyages of discovery. Beaver pelt motifs, fish silhouettes, explorers’ faces … Can you find these evocations of the past?
Duration: 90-120 minutes.
Two tour options: René-Lévesque Park and Lachine waterfront parks
Reservation required: 514-634-3478
The Fur Trade Adventure in New France
May 24 to October 1, 2017
For the 350th anniversary of Lachine and the 375th of Montréal, Musée de Lachine invites visitors of all ages to relive the days of the coureurs des bois and the fur trade in New France, at Lachine. In the historical atmosphere of a three-century-old building, learn how First Nations people and Europeans conducted trade and get hands-on with pelts, tools and trading goods.
An Evening of Story and Song with Francis Désilet,
Coureur Des Bois
Saturday, July 8, 7 pm
The Le Ber-Le Moyne trading post is the perfect backdrop for enjoying the stories and songs of Francis Désilet, coureur des bois. Follow the journeys of the valiant voyageurs who canoed far and wide to trade with the First Nations. Age 8 and up. In French only. Outdoor show. Inside in case of rain.
Photo: Productions Oyez Oyez.
Ceintures Fléchées – Meeting and Demonstration
Sunday, July 16, noon to 5 pm
The colourful wool ceinture fléchée, or arrow-pattern sash, was a ubiquitous garment in the days of the fur trade. Watch finger-weavers from the Association des artisans de ceinture fléchée de Lanaudière at work and learn about the various styles.
Birch Bark Canoe Demonstration
Sunday, July 23, noon to 5 pm
Learn traditional birch bark canoe-building methods with the history adventurer Billy Rioux. Long the primary means of transportion for First Nations peoples, canoes were adopted by European explorers and by coureurs des bois on perilous fur trade routes.
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay
Meet Marguerite Chorel at Home
Sunday, July 30, noon, 2 pm and 4 pm
Marguerite Chorel de Saint-Romain, the widowed owner of Maison Le Ber-Le Moyne at the turn of the 18th century, recounts her life running the farm at Lachine. Contracting voyageurs, trading furs, accused of liquor trafficking – the fascinating story of a remarkable woman of New France. Performer: Mona Andrée Rainville, journalist and writer.
Saturday, August 5 to 26, 2 pm
During Archaeology Month, curious kids and their families are invited to join the hunt in Maison Le Ber-Le Moyne to find archaeological artifacts unearthed on the site. Age 8 and up.
Workshop – Stone-shaping Demonstration
Sunday, August 13, 1 to 4 pm
Craftsman Martin Lominy demonstrates the art of stone-shaping during Archaeology Month. See ancient Aboriginal techniques in action and handle different types of tools and projectile points. Age 8 and up.
Architectural Tour of Maison Le Ber-Le Moyne
Saturday and Sunday, September 2 to October 1, 2 pm
A superb example of 17th-century French architecture, Maison Le Ber-Le Moyne is the pride of Musée de Lachine. A knowledgeable guide will show you how the building’s architecture evolved and help you discover what an attentive observer can learn from the stone walls.
Wapikoni Mobile: Workshop and Screening
Sunday, September 10, 1 pm
Discovery workshop on past and present Aboriginal culture in Quebec, with stories told by First Nations youth in films and music videos. In French only.