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 a permanent historical exhibition, the Musée de Lachine presents an annual art exhibition developed around works from its collection. It also offers a variety of engaging activities designed to deliver unique visitor experiences.
Please note: As of July 18, the Musée de Lachine reopens to the public.
May 2 to November 25, 2018, Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 pm
June 26 to September 2, 2018, Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 5 pm
Closed June 24 and July 1
Maison Le Ber-Le Moyne: Scene of Dreams
May 2 to November 25, 2018
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
Journey into the Art Studio
Learning to Draw – From Past to Present
June 16 to November 25, 2018
Meet the Curator: October 13, 2 pm
|Work by Serge Tousignant, La fontaine étoilée, 1987
Drawing became part of the Quebec school curriculum in 1878, but what’s the situation today? From past to present, this exhibition looks at live model drawing, working from nature, and the use of perspective and colour. At the same time, it questions the practice of copying early works as a learning method. The exhibition curator, Andrée Matte, has assembled works from the Musée’s collection and by guest artists along with works, tools and materials from the art studio of the old Sisters of Saint Anne school in Lachine. Introduction to drawing in the Musée’s new workshop room.
Works by Pierre Ayot, Gilles Boisvert, Thomas Carli, Michèle Drouin, André Fournelle, Betty Goodwin, Adrien Hébert, Henri Hébert, Alain Laframboise, Pierre Leblanc, Sister Marie-Arsène, SSA, Sister Marie-Aquila, SSA, Sister Marie-Azella, SSA, Sister Marie-Hélène-de-la-Croix, SSA, Sister Marie-René-d’Anjou, SSA, William Raphael, Jean Paul Riopelle, Francine Simonin, Claude Tousignant, Serge Tousignant, ArmandVaillancourt, Dominique Valade, Catherine Widgery. Guest artists: Karine Payette, Jonathan Plante and Yannick Pouliot.
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:
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.
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 2 to November 25, 2018
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.
Storytime at the Musée
Saturdays, May 19, June 16, July 21 and August 25, 10 am
Come delight in captivating tales told by a Lachine library animator in the historical atmosphere of Maison Le Ber-Le Moyne, and take part in four different activities that bring artifacts to life in new ways! Age 4 and up. In French only.
Montreal Museum Day at Musée de Lachine
Sunday, May 27, 10 am to 5 pm
On Museum Day, the Musée will open exceptionally at 10 am. Enjoy special activities, free of charge, from noon to 5 pm: a historical reenactment of the fur trade by Les Habitants de la Nouvelle-France, talks by members of the Société d’histoire de Lachine, and a demonstration of arrowhead sash finger-weaving by Philippe Murphy of the Association des artisans de ceinture fléchée de Lanaudière.
|Sculp’tour with Artist Gilles Boisvert
Sunday, June 10, 1 pm
Learn about the Lachine sculpture symposiums with a well-known artist and visit his works, some created during the audacious symposium adventures. A unique opportunity for lively discussions about public art!
Walking tour. In French.
Postponed to June 17 in case of rain.
Duration: 90 minutes
Work by Gilles Boisvert, Vire-au-vent, 1988
Meet Sieur Guillaume de Lorimier at home
Sunday, July 8, 1 pm
Captain Guillaume de Lorimier de La Rivière, the common ancestor of all the de Lorimier families in North America, settled in Lachine around 1700. Come meet him at home in Maison Le Ber-Le Moyne and hear his stories about the life of soldiers in New France. This will be followed by a period-rifle firing demonstration. Ready…Aim…Fire!
Performer: David Ledoyen, founder of the Mousquets du roi (King’s Muskets).
Duration: 60 minutes
Immersion Workshop: The Life of the Coureurs des Bois
Sunday, July 15, 1 to 4 pm
The Le Ber-Le Moyne trading post is the perfect backdrop for families looking to get a taste of the life of the coureurs des bois. Like those valiant voyageurs, kids and parents can practice handling a paddle while singing traditional songs, hauling bales of pelts and starting a fire with a flint. Ready for adventure?
Continuous workshop, from 1 to 4 pm. Age 8 and up.
Animation: Oyez Oyez Productions.
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.
Demonstration – Blacksmithing in the 18th Century
Sunday, July 29, noon to 5 pm
On Sunday, July 29, hammers will be ringing on the anvil at Musée de Lachine. Watch amateur blacksmith Robert Bourgeois at work in a forge inspired by 18th-century engravings. Discover the secrets of smithing in New France. Learn where the iron and coal came from, how charcoal was made and how the forging tools evolved. Photo: Robert Bourgeois.
Saturday, August 4 to 25, 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.
Indigenous Pottery Workshop
Sunday, August 12, 1 and 3 pm
During Archaeology Month, craftsman Martin Lominy leads a creative workshop where participants can try out Indigenous pottery-making techniques and handle different types of tools. Age 8 and up.
Architectural Tour of Maison Le Ber-Le Moyne
Saturday and Sunday, September 8 to November 25, 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.