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Step back in time at the Maison Saint-Gabriel Museum and Historic Site, an animated and living museum that affords a glimpse of rural life in New France.
Set amidst farmhouse gardens recreated in the spirit of the 17th century, the Maison Saint-Gabriel is the oldest example of rural habitation in Montréal: purchased by Marguerite Bourgeoys in 1668, this two-storey fieldstone residence once housed the Filles du Roy. It is considered one of the finest examples of traditional Québec architecture existing today.
Dynamic interpreter-guides captivate visitors with interesting facts and engaging stories while a full calendar of original year-round programming, such as outdoor theatre, musical talks, historical workshops, and demonstrations of ancient trades, revive the early days of the colony. The permanent exhibit highlights various collections of objects and old-fashioned works of art such as paintings, embroidery, sculptures, and objects from daily life from the 17th to 20thcenturies.
Before heading back to modern day, the museum’s Gift Shop and Tea Room is the perfect spot to pick up local original items that reflect history and rural life, including Amerindian products and a selection of books, and to relax and sample herbal teas produced from herbs grown in the vegetable garden as you look out from the outdoor terrace.
Jan 9 to June 16, 2018: Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
June 17 to Sep 2, 2018: Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sep 3 to Dec 21, 2018: Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan 8 to June 15, 2019: Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Dec 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Jan 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, June 24, July 1, June 24 and July 1.