Museum des Hospitaliers
The Museum des Hospitalières de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal tells of the origins of Montreal and Hotel-Dieu, its first hospital, with a look at medical practices of the time and the mission of the Religious Hospitallers of St – Joseph order, whose nuns cared for the sick of the community.
The Museum was founded in 1992. With a permanent exhibition as well as temporary exhibitions focusing on its history, medicine and religious art, the Museum des Hospitalières does not merely speak of the past, but also offers an enlightened view of the present. The museum's pages of history cover medicine and nurse training. The museum features regular temporary exhibitions that bear witness to the richness and originality of the collection.
The museum's collection contains 20,000 artefacts kept by the Hospitallers over the centuries and draws on many archival documents including the Annals of the Hotel-Dieu written between 1697 and 1725 by Marie Morin (1649-1730) the order first Canadian superior and Ville-Marie's first historian.
Lectures are regularly given on themes pertaining to the permanent and temporary exhibitions. For more information please contact the Museum at (514) 849-2919.
Books and other articles relating to the history of Montreal, the Hospitallers and Hotel-Dieu are on sale at the museum's gift shop. Two documents signed by Louis XIV are on display at the museum. The documents consist of the Letters Patent authorizing the establishment of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph on the Island of Montreal, and a signed voucher worth 3,000 livres in support of the mission, both documents signed in 1669. Permanent and temporary exhibitions are presented in English and French.
Guided tours, in English, are available upon reservation.
The Museum Des Hospilatières de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal is located at 201, avenue des Pins Ouest, Montreal, H2W 1R5.
Web site of the museum: www.museedeshospitalieres.qc.ca