The holiday season may be the perfect time to reflect on both the past and the present – but you can do so while enjoying a fun day trip with the family in Montreal.
Located inside a 19th century British fort on Île Sainte-Hélène, the Stewart Museum (20 Chemin du Tour de l’îsle, Montreal QC) captures and even celebrates various European influences, not only in “New France,” but throughout North America.
From November 16, 2013 to January 5, 2014, the museum will be taken over by Santa figurines and special holiday activities. Learn about the evolution of Santa as a character through the years, or watch short holiday films by the NFB while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate!
A recent favourite with visitors also is the Cartography exhibition, showing the evolution of maps over the last 6 centuries. Many travellers have an appreciation for maps – and here you’ll find everything from world, continental, and country maps, to sea charts, polar maps, celestial maps and city maps. Let your curiosity and imagination run wild as you discover – like the explorers did – the New World. It’s a great chance to learn more about how these and moderns maps came about. After all, your idea of the world, geographically-speaking, comes from a map. This exhibition runs from June 12, 2013 to April 13, 2014.
The “History and Memory” permanent exhibition includes over 500 historical artifacts, from rare books and documents, to musical instruments and every day nick-knacks. It spans periods from the aboriginal, through the Reformation, religious wars, industrial revolution, to life in New France. It also includes the history and heritage of Île Sainte-Hélène.
The glass tower (well, hardly a “tower,” more like a structure) also offers a lovely view of the Montreal skyline.
- Enjoy with: The family, all generations.
- Cost: Adults $13, Students/Senior $10, Children under 6 are free. Admission is free also during the “Santas Are Taking Over the Stewart Museum” exhibition from November 16, 2013 to January 5, 2014.
- Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm.
- Visitor tips: Take the metro to Parc Jean-Drapeau and then walk the 15-20 minutes to the museum. Parking nearby can be costly.
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