A Night at the Museum!

To mark the 35th anniversary of the Centre d'histoire de Montral

Credit : Archives de Montral

Saturday, November 16, 2019
10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Inaugurated on November 18, 1983, the Centre d'histoire de Montral is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

Special programming highlights memorable achievements of the past 35 years with lecture presentations, guided tours, workshops for young and old, theme-based days, and A Night at the Museum!, an event offered by the Centre d'histoire to Montrealers and visitors to the city so that they can celebrate our 35th birthday with us.

The pretext

In 2005, the museum presented the exhibition "Jazz Swinging Nights in Montreal," and in 2013, "Scandal! Vice, crime, and morality in Montreal, 19401960." The Centre d'histoire decided to invite Montreal artists to come to the museum and perform as a lively way to recall those successful exhibitions.


Royal Pickles - Credit: Philippe Richelet

Les Royal Pickles jazz and swing band

Omnipresent in dance clubs and prominent dance competitions, Les Royal Pickles are known for their high-quality original arrangements and their steadfast fidelity to the hot jazz scene of the first half of the 20th century.

In a lavish, immersive burst of sound, the band blends vocal and instrumental pieces in an upbeat counterpoint to the big city blues.


Scarlett James, burlesque artist

Founder of the Montreal Burlesque Festival, Scarlett James, burlesque performer, model, and designer, is an ambassadress for the artistic sophistication of burlesque all over the world.

Twice during our A Night at the Museum! celebration, Scarlett will replicate stripper Lili St-Cyr's famous bathtub act that was the rage in the golden years of Montreal burlesque. She will be accompanied by the hostesses and dancers of Plumeria who will perform at regular intervals throughout the event.


Credit: Denis Carl Robidoux


Access to the museum will be FREE for the performances as well as for all the exhibitions:

Suggested dress: vintage

To add to the atmosphere, visitors are urged to wear vintage outfits evoking the clothes Montrealers wore to cabarets between the 1940s and the 1960s. Let our photographer take your portrait to have a souvenir of the night.
A prize will be awarded to the person with the best costume: our fascinating book, "Scandale! Le Montral illicite, 1940-1960."

Bar service

There will be a cash bar on site.
A special cocktail in honour of the Centre d'histoire's 35th year will be available.


Centre d'histoire de Montral
335 Place d'Youville
Old Montreal


514 872-3207