Museum - Permanent Exhibition
An Historic Site and a Museum at the Heart of Montreal
Through the achievements of Marguerite Bourgeoys, a woman of courage and compassion who lived in 17th-century Montreal, you will find yourself transported back through time to another world, that of our ancestors.
The tower of the chapel will draw your attention to today’s landscape while conjuring up that of days gone by. Imagine the old town by the river with the woods, the fortifications and the few houses that existed at the time. Think of the courage of the men and women who had to face an ocean voyage and the mighty river to begin to build a new life as settlers in Montreal.
Our “Bonsecours Experience” will let you explore the Marguerite Bourgeoys Historic Site with your smartphone. The history of the neighbourhood and the Bonsecours site and Marguerite’s own saga are all brought to life through an original narration full of stories, first-hand accounts and exclusive images.
Enjoy an all-new experience as you enjoy a thematic visit, including an archaeological site* and an 18th - century stone vault. Learn about the personal saga of Montréal’s first teacher, her energy and her daring.
The exhibition Meet Marguerite! was made possible with financial assistance from the Quebec government.
Marguerite Bourgeoys was a model of daring and perseverance who dreamt of a fairer world for all. Her life and work are an invaluable and inspiring legacy for Quebeckers.
The new spaces pay tribute to the life of a woman who welcomed immigrants, including the Filles du Roy, forged respectful bonds with Indigenous people, and founded a chapel, a school and a Catholic religious order.