Word from the director

Annabelle Laliberté

In 2022, the Centre d'histoire de Montréal will become the MEM – Centre des mémoires montréalaises, the culmination of a project nurtured over the last ten years by a committed team and endorsed by successive city administrations.

Montrealers past and present are at the heart of this citizen-centered undertaking. Besides adding a valuable cultural component to the Quartier des Spectacles, it represents a major transformation of a revered municipal institution. Bringing this important project to fruition is undoubtedly an immense challenge, but ultimately, it is an extremely stimulating one.

In a few months, our museum space will be tripled and an augmented team will welcome visitors from the city and beyond, offering them an array of reinvented activities.

In just a few months, the MEM will be humming with initiatives that provide a space for citizens to be front and centre in exchanges of all sorts, and above all, a space for us to question ourselves and discover the true character of Montreal.

There is much work to be done before 2022: while the fire station in Old Montreal will remain in full activity, we'll move our administrative offices to the new premises and expand our team to fulfill the demands of a redefined operating structure. Above all, we'll be rethinking our approach and creating innovative projects for citizens of all ages and all origins. This kind of challenge isn't met alone and the team supporting me is without a doubt the most dedicated I have had occasion to work with. With them, the Centre d'histoire de Montréal will become the MEM, and with our citizens, the MEM will be Montrealers' museum.

Annabelle Laliberté
MEM - Centre des mémoires montréalaises

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