Satellite exhibitions

Fenêtres sur l’immigration (Windows onto immigration)

Exhibition in French only

Due to COVID-19, the exhibition is not currently available


“Stories of immigration are always tales of courage.”
José-Louis JACOME, Portugal, arrived in 1958

Montrealers from immigrant backgrounds confide in you. Each person’s story is a window onto the realities of immigration. Why did they come to Montréal? Did they experience culture shock? What steps allowed them to take root here? Their assembled stories reveal a multifaceted city that evolves at the rhythm of successive communities and generations.

This exhibition was created by the Centre d’histoire de Montréal from its own collections of interviews. It is composed of 6 freestanding modules addressing 6 themes and questions.

Themes and questions

Module 1: A city, far away
How did you imagine Montréal before arriving?

Module 2: Immigrating: between hopes and reality
Why immigrate to Montréal?

Module 3: First impressions, infinite comparisons
Is Montréal disorienting?

Module 4: Settling in, taking root.
How do you get your bearings and find help in Montréal?

Module 5: Challenges and prospects
How do you remake your life in Montréal?

Module 6: Belonging and identities
What bridges have you created between here and there?


See the Flickr album here.

An exhibition that moves

Fenêtres sur l’immigration will be exhibited in many spaces across the island of Montréal:

  • cégep André-Laurendeau from October 12 to 26, 2018
  • Collège de Maisonneuve from November 27 to December 2, 2018
  • bibliothèque interculturelle from December 4 to 19, 2018
  • bibliothèque de Parc-Extension from January 4 to 30, 2019
  • école secondaire Saint-Laurent from February 1 to 27, 2019
  • bibliothèque de Cartierville from March 12 to April 7, 2019
  • bibliothèque Benny from April 9 to May 5, 2019
  • bibliothèque Notre-Dame-de-Grâce from May 7 to July first, 2019
  • bibliothèque Jacqueline-De-Repentigny from July 3 to 31, 2019
  • bibliothèque Marie-Uguay from August 2 to October 10, 2019
  • collège Ahuntsic from October 15 to November 6, 2019
  • École de technologie supérieure from Novembre 8 to December 4, 2019
  • bibliothèque de la Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord from December 11, 2019 to January 27, 2020
  • bibliothèque de Rivière-des-Prairies from February 1st to April 30, 2020
  • bibliothèque Ahuntsic from May 5 to July 6, 2020
  • Cégep Édouard-Montpetit from September 8 to October 30, 2020
  • At Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne from November 3 to 30, 2020

This exhibition was financed under the terms of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal between the City of Montréal and the Government of Québec.