The Écomusée du fier monde invites you to travel back to the time of the Industrial Revolution! As a history and a community museum, we encourage you to explore the history of labour and reflect on the social issues in the area. The Écomusée is situated in the former Généreux public bath, a magnificent example of 1920’s architecture.
Founded in 1980 and incorporated in 1982, the Écomusée du fier monde is both a Montréal working class and industrial history museum and a community museum. Recognized and supported by the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and by the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Écomusée emphasizes the history and heritage of the Centre-Sud in Montréal. As a microcosm of the Industrial Revolution in Québec in the second half of the 19th century, this neighbourhood witnessed firsthand the impact of industry on labour as well as on the living conditions of working class families.
The Écomusée du fier monde develops its museum practice based on popular education and establishes participatory projects in close collaboration with the neighbourhood’s citizens, institutions and organizations. Furthermore, it is engaged in the issues that concern present and future development of its surroundings.
The Écomusée du fier monde is inspired by the Declaration from the Table ronde de Santiago du Chili (1972) and by the ecomuseum philosophy developed by Hugues de Varine, among others.
This is reflected in a museum philosophy based on:
popular education, a way of learning that makes use of the diverse knowledge of the populace and seeks to raise awareness and inspire public reflection;
cultural democracy, which is founded on equality between all the people and diverse groups that make up society, and on valorizing their expertise and knowledge, particularly those who are underrepresented in museums (or, who are given little voice);
the place and role of people, who take priority over objects at the Écomusée; the museum also pays particular attention to marginalized groups;
the relationships that the institution creates with its surroundings;
engagement, i.e. supporting people and organizations that want to play a role in advancing society, and acknowledging that the acts of individuals can contribute to changing the world and improving society.
The Écomusée has a ramp for wheelchairs and is accessible for people with reduced mobility.
HOW TO REACH
Access and location
2050, Atateken street
METRO: Berri-UQAM, Place Dupuis exit
The Écomusée does not offer parking. It is possible to park on the street in proximity to the museum, in places both with and without parking meters.
The Écomusée du fier monde is less than ten minutes’ walk from the Sherbrooke, Berri-UQAM and Beaudry metro stations.
The museum does not have private parking. Municipal parking is accessible on Sherbrooke Street, between Amherst and de la Visitation Streets (for more details, please call 514 868-3737 and mention lot 139). Parking spaces are also available on the street, both with and without parking meters.
Student, senior and child: $6
Family (2 adults, 3 children): $18
Child 6 and under: free
Friend of the Écomusée: free
Group rates are available
2050 Rue Amherst