A House of History
The Maison Saint-Gabriel, a superb house converted into a historic site and museum, was home to the Filles du Roy (the King’s Wards) in Marguerite Bourgeoys’ day. For three centuries, it was the centre of educational and agricultural activities for the community founded by this tireless visionary. Today, not far from Old Montréal, visitors can enjoy a delightful blend of history, fresh air and greenery – a place where they cultivate the soil and the mind, where learning, and remembering, is fun!
Time stands still as you stroll From the Cellar to the Attic in the permanent exhibition, surrounded by furniture and everyday items from long ago. You can also learn about the religious heritage and good works of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame and its founder.
Just as it was back in the 17th century, the vegetable garden is full of medicinal and fragrant plants. You can also wander through the thematic gardens, where you may well come across a presentation by one of the costumed interpreters, like the Apothecary.
Both indoors and out, you’ll enjoy the program of seasonal activities. In springtime, a temporary exhibition and lecture series celebrate the new buds. In the summer, the gardens will charm you with their colours and scents, as artisans, actors, storytellers and musicians bring history to life. Fall is the time for stories and laughter, as Beggar’s Week and St. Catherine’s Evening help you forget the shortening days. And in the winter, traditions and the Mardi Gras celebrations warm everyone’s hearts!
Get a taste of New France with the hearty, simple fare in the Refectory restaurant, the delicious loaves straight out of the bread oven, the tasty herbal teas made with herbs from our garden on the Terrace and the local delicacies sold in the gift shop.