The Lachine Museum is offering a variety of new family activities for the summer. The museum’s facilities provide a great environment for families to have fun and learn more about archaeology, art and history. On top of its permanent exhibits, the museum organizes several unique activities throughout the summer.
The museum offers children plenty of opportunities to interact with exhibits, says Isabelle Lessard, head of educational services. For example, children can touch beaver and rabbit pelts while learning about the fur trade. Kids also like visiting historic Maison Le Ber-Le Moyne, said Lessard, which is the oldest complete building in Montreal with beautiful stone walls, an old canoe and historic basement.
On selected Saturdays: June 16, July 21, and August 25, children aged 4 and up are invited to Storytime at the Museum. A Lachine Library animator will lead the sessions with a new theme related to the museum each week. The activity, which is offered in French only, takes place in the Maison Le Ber-Le Moyne and encourages children to discover the museum.
On Sunday, July 15, families are invited to experience life as a coureur des bois. You will learn period songs as you paddle a canoe, how to carry fur bales and how to start a fire with silex.
On Sunday, July 22, the Wapikoni Mobile will be stopping by the museum to offer discovery workshops on indigenous culture in Quebec with short films and music videos produced by First Nations youth.
On Sunday, July 29, amateur blacksmith Robert Bourgeois will demonstrate blacksmithing techniques in an 18th-century forge.
On Saturday, August 4, the museum is hosting an ArchaeoRally for Archaeology Month. Families and kids 8 and up will embark on a hunt for archaeological artifacts that have been unearthed on the site of Maison Le Ber-Le Moyne.
On Sunday, August 12, learn indigenous pottery-making techniques at a pottery workshop for kids aged 8 and up led by craftsman Martin Lominy.
The Lachine Museum is open on Wednesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., until November 25 as well as on Tuesdays from June 26 to September 2. It is located at 1 chemin du Musée in Lachine. Admission is free.
For more information, visit lachine.ville.montreal.qc.ca/musee