July 11, 2011 – After two long years of refurbishment and renovation, the new and improved Stewart Museum is ready to open its doors once again for a summer full of historical fun and discovery! And what better way to mark this grand re-opening than with the exhibition, History and Memory, a historical journey of incredible proportions!
In addition to travelling back through time to the Aboriginal era and witnessing key historical highlights in Montréal’s history such as the Protestant Reformation and religious wars, the intrepid lifestyle of New France, maritime trade, the Patriot’s Rebellion and much more, visitors will enjoy the fully-restored, interactive model of Montréal’s original fortifications that combines historical analysis with illustrations from the Stewart Museum collection for an even more thorough understanding of Montréal’s heritage.
In a marvellous collision of local, national, and world history, History and Memory also showcases the history and heritage of Île Sainte-Hélène, named in 1611 after the wife of Samuel de Champlain, Hélène.
Located in scenic Parc Jean-Drapeau in a 19th century British fort, the Stewart Museum is now home to over 500 artefacts, images, archival documents, and early maps that recall the presence and influence of European civilizations in New France and North America.