Special activities

March break
Fire and Ice at the Centre d’histoire de Montréal

The Centre d'histoire de Montréal is offering three fun and historical activities for March Break. What better excuse for a family outing in Old Montreal?

1) Fire! A Tour about Fires and Firefighters


Children in day camps are invited to discover a special slice of Montreal’s history: Fire – it’s good and bad sides – and the means used throughout history to fight it. They will learn how people sounded the alarm before 9-1-1 and what daily life was like for firefighters fifty years ago. They’ll also hear stories about fires that transformed the city, and more!

Lenght : 1 hour
Wednesday, March, 2, 2016, at 14:15 p.m.
Reservation : 514 872-3207
Family (2 adults and three children) : 15$.
Acces to the museum after the guided tour.

2) My Explorer's Notebook

During your visit to the CHM, we invite you to meet children who lived in different eras of Montréal’s history through modules designed for children and illustrated by comic strip author Jean-Paul Eid.

This Notebook for children ages six to 12 includes information, games, and suggested Web sites, books and museums where they can learn more.

3) Winter Workshop

For three days during March Break, our guides will be at our museum's entrance, presenting various winter objects that have marked Montreal's history, like snowshoes, ice hooks, etc.

Loan us your Expo 67 mementos!

The Centre d’histoire de Montréal is organizing a 50th anniversary exhibition



For the 50th anniversary of the Montreal World’s Fair in 2017, the Centre d’histoire de Montréal is preparing an exhibition that will focus on the theme of youth at Expo 67 and at Man and His World in 1968 and 1969. The CHM is appealing to the public and counting on a high level of citizen participation in this project.

We’re looking for photographs, amateur films, souvenir items, and personal memories from anyone who was between the ages of 11 and 21 from 1967 to 1969, and who frequented Expo 67 and Man and His World.

April 28, 1967

There was electricity in the air! Men and women, the young and not-so-young made Île Sainte-Hélène their rendezvous point on the opening day of the Montreal World’s Fair, when the public finally passed through the turnstiles after years of waiting. Discovery, entertainment, and pleasure were on the menu for the 50,000,000 visitors who explored the terrain of Expo 67. Montreal was riding high at this moment in history and eyed the future with enthusiasm.

Life after Expo

Behind this idealized view of the future, the rumblings of profound social change could be heard. The baby-boomer generation had begun to dream of a new society, and at Man and His World in the summers of 1968 and 1969, the winds of counterculture were blowing. Young people were forcefully expressing their desire to change the world and contest the system in place. The Expo islands became the meeting place for hippies, rock music, and mind-altering drugs.

If you’d like to answer our appeal, please contact:[email protected]