Maison Saint-Gabriel, Museum and Historic Site
Tourism Region: Montreal
A renewed visit experience
Purchased by Marguerite Bourgeoys in 1668, Maison Saint-Gabriel was both the site where the King’s Wards were housed and the farmhouse for the Congrégation de Notre-Dame. Today, this national historic site of Canada brings the history of New France back to life for its visitors, through its exhibits and its original and captivating programme. The 19th-century barn houses the temporary exhibit and an activity area. The new Catherine-Crolo pavilion provides a reception area, a room for cultural activities, a refectory and a superb gift shop, including a tea shop and a terrace.
A vegetable garden has been recreated in the style of the 17th century. Guided tours of the garden are offered in the summer, along with lectures related to the history of horticulture. A glade, including indigenous plants and shrubs, has been developed, along with the poetry path. This landscaping completes the Farmhouse garden and transforms the historical site into a horticultural and arboreal museum. Moreover a garden dedicated to the Sharecroppers evokes 300 years of history. It honours the women who managed the farm of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame.
Members: Free (except for special activities)
Seniors (65 or older): $8
Children aged 6 or older: $3
Families (2 adults and 3 children): $20
Special rates with the Accès Montréal card
Special rates for groups of 15 or more
Admission for Summer Sundays
From June 22 to September 7, 2014
Adults : $15
Students : $10
Children aged 6 or older : $3
Families (2 adults and 3 children): $25
These prices include admission to the site with activities,
artisans, musical and horticultural lectures, guided tour
of the museum and the Farmhouse garden, visit of the poetry path and a visit of the temporary exhibit.
Rural life objects and Notre-Dame Congregation objects from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The religious heritage represents 34% of the collection, the every-day-life objects represents 66%. Mainly : handed-craft furniture, house-keeping objects, paintings, embroideries, sculptures and books.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 18 000
Prints and Drawings •
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery •
Furniture or Furnishings •
Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork •
Textiles or Tapestries
Contemporary • Historical
Other Period: Mostly the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Painting • Photography • Prints and Drawings • Sculpture
Folk Art • Religious Art
Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices
Costumes and Accessories
Furniture or Furnishings
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Religious or Liturgical Objects
Plants and Animals (Biological Collections)
Services & Activities
Maison Saint-Gabriel offers people of all ages numerous historical and cultural activities. Tours of the house with a guide in period costume are well worth the visit on their own.
Throughout the year, history comes to life at Maison Saint-Gabriel. From mid-June to mid-September, special programming: visits to the farm garden, created in the style of the 17th century, lectures for gardening and horticulture enthusiasts, theatre performances, demonstrations of the know-how of artisans, concerts and story-telling complete the line of activities.
The festivities continue throughout the fall at Maison Saint-Gabriel. On the agenda: cultural Tuesdays with lectures; story-telling and legends during Beggars' week and St. Catherine's day.
Detailed programming is available at all times on our Internet site.
Guided tours for groups are offered with reservations. The guided tour is tailored to the needs of the group: Francization groups or primary school, secondary school, CEGEP and university students.
For primary school (2nd and 3rd cycles) and secondary school students, the museum offers on-line educational activities intended to prepare them for their trip to the museum. These activities, which have been designed in keeping with the respective education programmes at each level, are provided on our educational site: "A Present from the Past".
Also, for groups from the 2nd and 3rd cycles at the primary school level, we offer post-visit activities which are easy to download and photocopy, for use in class.
For more information about our educational programme, we invite you to consult the section entitled "For your School" on our Internet site.
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
Films and Videos
Accessible by Public Transportation
Meeting Room Rental
Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens
Special Needs Facilities
Volunteer Services Available •
Volunteer Training Offered
Number of Volunteers: 8
Activities: Attendant at the museum gift shop
Guided tours of the museum
Organization of and participation in special events: exhibition launches, fund raising, Journée des musées montréalais, etc.
Free admission to the Museum;
Discount on admission to cultural lectures;
Priority for registering for events of a historical nature;
Invitation to the launch of the annual exhibition;
Invitation to the annual festivities of the Friends;
10% discount at the museum gift shop for the purchase of books worth $20 or more (regular prices);
Reduce fee for several events organized by the museum, including a cultural trip;
Reduced price for all Guidatour tours;
10% discount at Magnan's restaurant and tavern upon presentation of member's card;
Admission for two to the Château Ramezay Museum and the Stewart Museum at the Fort on Île Sainte-Hélène.
Picnic Area •
Reception Facilities •
Publications & Products
A trip to the Museum gift shop is well worth the detour!
The Museum gift shop offers a wide variety of new artisanal products, rich in colours, perfumes and shapes. Novelties are to be found everywhere! Products for every taste! Books, cards, artisanal products (ketchup made like your grandmother used to make it, rose products, maple products, La Métairie soap, Sister Madeleine's brown sugar fudge) and unusual herbal teas. Everything is there for you: quality products in magnificent packaging.
Educational kits •
Museum Guide •
Commemorative Souvenirs •
Other: Products from the soil, crafts, comic strips, CDs, products for the bath.
Murale « Étoffes de pionnières, origines d’un peuple » réalisée par Annie Hamel, 2013
© Maison Saint-Gabriel 2013 Tous droits réservés
Un dimanche d'été avec les comédiens du Théâtre Catherine-Crolo
© Maison Saint-Gabriel 2012 Tous droits réservés
Allée des Métayères menant au pavillon Catherine-Crolo
© Maison Saint-Gabriel 2010 Tous droits réservés
Starting a family:
May 8, 2014 to December 21, 2014
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