Safeguarding Native Cultures
The McCord Museum was founded in 1921, making it one of the oldest in the country. It showcases the social history of Montréal of yesterday and today. In addition, it is home to one of the largest historical collections in North America, consisting of First Peoples objects, costumes and textiles, photographs, decorative and visual artworks, prints and textual archives, totalling more than 1.4 million artifacts, many of them stunningly beautiful. Come see all these wonders in the Museum’s exhibitions and educational and cultural activities!
You can admire some one hundred garments and accessories dating from the late 19th century to the modern day as you explore First Peoples cultures in Wearing Our Identity. The First Peoples Collection. This permanent exhibition focuses on four themes – Wearing Who I Am, Wearing Our Culture, Wearing Our History and Wearing Our Beliefs. Some 85% of the objects in the exhibition are rotated every year, to preserve the fragile artifacts in the displays.
The exhibition takes a contemporary approach. There are touchscreens where you can view testimonials by well-known members of various communities, videos on a host of subjects, iPad screens with additional information, and more. There are regular guided tours in English and French. Consult the Website.
There’s also a fun and educational treasure hunt that kids are sure to love, to accompany the exhibition! On Sundays, they can let their imaginations soar during Story Hour with exhibition-related tales and Aboriginal legends.
Twice a year, Aboriginal guest artist and curator Nadia Myre selects new contemporary artword by Aboriginal artists who explore the notion of identity. Film screenings and special events are regularly organized to mark these occasions.
Before heading home
Don’t leave the Museum without visiting the Boutique! The gift shop carries all kinds of decorative items, jewellery, prints and cards made by Aboriginal artists.