Up with the Angel
Adjoining the lovely Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum, with its many captivating nooks and crannies, presents the life and achievements of this exceptional woman: Montréal’s first teacher and the founder of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame. Don't miss out on this twofold heritage gem!
When Marguerite Bourgeoys arrived in Montréal in 1653 with the recruits brought over to breathe new life into the fledging colony, she quickly saw that nothing had yet been done about schooling. Here you can learn about her adventure-filled life as you visit the permanent exhibition, showcasing some of her personal effects, artifacts found in the Bon-Secours archaeological site and works of art.
Rent a multimedia audioguide and explore the remarkable artwork in the Museum and Chapel at your own pace. A narration with first-hand accounts and exclusive images will help you understand Marguerite Bourgeoy’s important role in Montréal’s development.
Join a guided tour of the archaeological site underneath the chapel, where you can see impressive remains, including the foundations of the first stone chapel, erected in 1675, and traces of the wooden palisade that made up the town’s fortifications in 1708.
Stop off and admire the Portrait of Marguerite Bourgeoys, painted in 1700 by Pierre Le Ber, and learn more about her fascinating story.
Climb the stairs of the chapel tower and join the angels flanking the giant statue of the Virgin Mary. You can enjoy Old Montréal’s loftiest view and compare the city with the town in days gone by, as you salute the courage of the men and women who dared to cross the ocean and settle in New France.