Maison Saint-Gabriel is a national historic site located in Montreal (Pointe Saint-Charles). This museum will take you back in time to show you how the new settlers of New France lived in the mid 17th century. The place was founded by Marguerite Bourgeoys who bought the land in 1668 to support agricultural and educational activities of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame. We spent a few hours at this wonderful site. I highly recommend a visit, it is an ideal place for rainy/snowy days.
Address: 2146, place Dublin, Pointe-Saint-Charles, Montréal, H3K 2A2, QC
Drive: 10 minutes from downtown Montreal
Nearest metro station: Lasalle
Street parking only, check municipality signs
Regular admission: adult $15, kids under 6 go free (cash or credit card). Summer rate Saturdays and Sundays: $20 per adult, $40 for a family. Check website for exact rates.
Touring of house is only possible with a guide (French or English tours)
Openning time: From September 4, 2018 to June 21, 2019: Tuesday to Sunday.
Closed on Mondays.
Guided tours from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tour starts at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. 4 p.m., 5 p.m.
Suitable for a baby stroller (not sure if applicable inside the house). Wheelchair accessible
Note – worth checking the website to verify which activity is available on the day of your visit and the exact hour
The visit includes a guided tour inside the house (permanent exhibition, about 1-hour tour, not ideal for impatient kids), a visit to the stone barn (with a temporary exhibition), a pavilion (boutique, cafe/restaurant) and the gardens. Guided tour of the garden is available from June to September (check hours for English or French tours).
We started the visit at the house, we paid the entry fees and enjoyed very much the guided tour. We did not have high expectations but the tour and the artifacts inside the house were extremely interesting. Unfortunately, no photos are allowed inside the house. We visited the ground floor, the basement and the attic. The guide explained how people used to live in that era, how they endured the harsh winter and what a regular day would look like for those hard-working people.
Maison Saint-Gabriel is offering different activities, with a different theme per month. In October 2018 it was the “arrival of the beggers”. Super lovely and patient actors dress up with clothing from the time the house was in operation. The activity can be a story-telling, artisans at work, workshops and more.
At the stone barn, we attended a live story-telling event along with a musician (kids loved it) and we visited the temporary exhibition with nice interactive stations for kids to learn about the history of the site.
We then headed to the gardens. In October there is less to see (due to the weather). In general, there are 4 small gardens to visit (ideal during the summertime):
Le Jardin de la Métairie – located at the back of the house, it is a vegetable garden.
Le sous-bois – located near the house (on the right).
Le Jardin des origines – located between the pavilion and the barn, the garden demonstrates the meeting of French and First Nations cultures.
Le Jardin des Métayères (The Sharecropper’s Garden) – located beyond the pavilion.
Outside the site, there is a very large park: Marguerite Bourgeoys Park which can be good for kids to play or run around. Enjoy!