Montreal will have to pass the museum to its center for history even longer than expected: the temporary closure, expected in November 2020 takes effect now, and the reopening will not happen before 2022.
Since 80% of the clientele of the museum is normally composed of tourists, to keep the museum open this summer in the context of the COVID-19 was difficult, ” explains the director of the Centre d’histoire de Montréal, Annabelle Laliberté.
The museum, located on the place d’youville in Old Montreal, was already close in November 2020 for the move in September 2021, at the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Saint-Laurent, in the heart of the city centre.
The new center will finally be inaugurated in 2022 due to delays with the crisis.
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The new facility will be named Memories of Montreal (MEM) and will have a different mission from that of the current museum. It will be further turned on the recent history of the metropolis.
“We want to really focus on the 21st century and the people who compose the city of Montreal, and speak of his quarters, to be less oriented to the past, as many museums in the metropolis have already this mission,” Ms. Laliberté.
The team will go directly to the meeting of the city’s population this summer by bicycle, in the parks, for present capsule histories, and ideas of exhibitions for the next centre.
The Centre d’histoire de Montréal, created in 1984, is administered by the City of Montreal.