Like a jewel set in the heart of Place D’Youville, a charming Flemish-style fire station built in 1903 is now home to a museum that offers you the keys to discovering and understanding the history of Montréal and its residents.
The Centre d’histoire de Montréal is celebrating 35 years in Old Montréal. Popular with both tourists and Montréal natives, it’s the best place to get up close and personal with the city’s history and understand its impact on life here today.
The ground floor presents an overview of the city’s entire history, starting with the presence of First Nations peoples and continuing right through the 1976 Montréal Olympics.
We learn how and why Montréal became the city it is today, thanks to the contributions of all the different people who have immigrated here from around the world.
Upstairs, the exhibition entitled Explosion 67 – Youth and Their World puts you inside the head of a young person from that era. Cutting-edge technology presents interactive testimonials from people who were teenagers at the time, allowing visitors to experience (or re-experience) not only Expo 67 and “Man and His World”, but also the social turbulence of the late 1960s. The high point of the exhibition is a 4-minute Minirail tour in virtual reality, with VR goggles and ambisonic sound.
EXPO EXTRA! The title of the exhibition on the top floor speaks for itself: everything you’ve always wanted to know about Expo 67 but were afraid to ask. How many pavilions? What forms of transportation? What technological innovations? What culinary finds? You'll find answers to these questions and many more, illustrated with plenty of pictures, archives and historic objects.