Masters and Artisans Museum
The Masters and Artisans Museum - Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec transports us into the almost forgotten universe. It presents many tools, furniture, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, sacred objects and other religious ornaments, allowing its visitors to witness the everyday lives of the inhabitants of New France in the past centuries. The name of the museum honours generations of makers of the history.
Indeed, prior to the industrial era, the making of daily objects depended on the talents and ingenuity of our masters and artisans. Their knowledge has left us with an impressive heritage. These traditions gave birth to works that are unique, simple and beautiful. The Museum has an impressive collection of more than 7000 objects. Its permanent exhibition entitled, From Master's Hands, displays its collection of more than 350 objects, grouped by trade.
The objects were chosen based on their aesthetic qualities, and on their standing in the evolution of a particular art form or artisan. Each composition highlights the use of the object or artwork, presents the artisan, and explains some of the techniques employed. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the French-Canadian culture and to rediscover the arts and crafts practiced by Quebec masters and artisans.
The mission of the museum consists in promoting Quebec's cultural heritage, including the traditional arts and crafts of yesterday, and those of today, among local, regional and national communities. The museum is located in the building of the Presbyterian Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, built by the architect Frederic Lawford, located on Rene-Levesque at the corner of rue Sainte-Monique, one of the most beautiful neo-gothic churches in Montreal.
To learn more about the Museum of Masters and Artisans, visit its Website: mmaq.qc.ca
Masters and Artisans Museum. Photo: © ProvinceQuebec.com