Société des musées du Québec

Musée des Hospitalières de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal

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The museum showcases one of the City's best-preserved convent complexes, that of the Hospitallers of Saint Joseph, nursing sisters. The complex, built in 1861 according to the plans of the architect Victor Bourgeau, includes their former monastery and garden, the hospital, three chapels, a crypt and the museum, which is housed in the former chaplain's residence. The museum’s collection brings to life four centuries of history focused on the development of Montreal, the practice of hospital care, medicine and pharmacy, as well as on religious art. Guided tours of the garden, the monastery, the chapel and the crypt, where the tomb of Jeanne Mance - co-founder of Montreal and founder of the Hôtel-Dieu - is located, are offered throughout the year.

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Museum experiences

  • As you enter the Museum you can admire a majestic 17th-century oak staircase, eight metres high. It originally graced the former Hôtel-Dieu hospital in La Flèche, France, where Jérôme Le Royer de la Dauversière established the Filles Hospitalières de Saint-Joseph, a nursing order, in 1636.
  • Exploring a Hospital Heritage. The exhibition presents Montreal's origins, the history of the Hôtel-Dieu, the city's first hospital founded by Jeanne Mance, and the Hospitallers of Saint Joseph, who managed the Hôtel-Dieu until 1973. During your visit, discover the unique artifacts and archives that make up the Nuns' collection. These objects will allow you to relive the evolution of medicine and the health crises that plagued Montreal.
  • Explore temporary exhibitions that reveal unusual aspects of this rich archival, religious, medical and artistic heritage.
  • Are you interested in history, architecture and horticulture? Then you will want to visit the convent garden, surrounded by an imposing stone wall, a true oasis of peace in the heart of the city. Take a guided tour and soak up the charms of fragrant flowers, grapevines and orchard.