Growing Up in Ville-Marie in New France

90 min.80 people max.
Growing Up in Ville-Marie in New France

What was life like for children in New France? Did they wear wooden shoes? What games did they play?

The students will experience the lives of children in those days here on Montréal’s very birthplace, at Pointe-à-Callière. They’ll have fun getting a taste of the past, playing the games and doing the chores that were once part of the everyday lives of young people in New France.

It’s a chance to play with tops and bilboquets, try on a cape or a jabot, darn a sock … just like back in the 18th century!

The guide will even challenge them to tell some old-time objects and foods apart from more modern ones. The answers are sometimes surprising. All in all, it’s a workshop that makes learning child’s play!

What will the students do at the Museum?

  • Explore a unique site, Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, where traces from the past come alive to tell them about history.
  • Experience everyday life in the 18th century, by playing with quality reproductions.
  • Dress up to learn about the roles and duties of different people in New France.

Concepts covered during the workshop

  • Demographic characteristics of the population.
  • Cultural phenomena: linguistic expressions of the era, diet, men’s and women’s clothing and how it related to their roles within society, entertainment, daily household chores, and customs.
  • Economic phenomena: agriculture, business, and the fur trade.
  • Influence of certain public figures.

Competencies developed

The activities during this workshop are in line with the Quebec Education Program and help develop the following subject-specific competencies at the elementary school level:

In Quebec

Geography, History, and Citizenship Education

  • Construct their representation of space, time and society:
    • Refer to aspects of everyday life from the past (days of New France) and the present;
    • Compare social phenomena from the past (days of New France) and the present.

Society studied: French society in New France around 1740

  • Perceive the organization of a society in its territory:
    • Make connections between assets and limitations of Canadian society in New France in the 18th century;
    • Define the influence of people or events on social and territorial organization;
    • Make connections of continuity with the present.

Information and reservations

Hours and rates of visits and group activities 2019-2020

September 2020 to April 2021
Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm
+ Mondays October 26 and December 14, 2020

May-June 2021
Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm
+ Mondays June 7, 14 and 21, 2021

Rates in effect as of September 1, 2020

Elementary Students$9.50
Secondary Students$10.50
Accompanying Adults (1 for 15 students)Free
Additional Accompanying Adult$14
3rd or additional adult$17
Role of accompanying adults

Divide the group into smaller sub-groups according to the number of groups specified on your reservation. The number of groups required corresponds to the number of accompanying adults required during the visit.

Follow the group at all times to maintain discipline and manage particular cases. The mediator or guide will lead the visit. Accompanying adults must stay with and supervise the group during lunch time.

One-day package

Add an interpreted tour and enjoy a full day at Pointe-à-Callière:

Per student$18
Visit the Museum as well as one of our partners : Guidatour (An activity at the Museum and an ExplorAction walking tour of Old Montreal - 514 844-4021 or 1 800 363-4021) and Croisières AML (An activity at the Museum and a Sailor for a day cruise or guided sightseeing cruise – 1 888 748-4857 ext. 225 or 335)
Lunch room

A lunch room is available for groups.
Reservations required.

Per student$1
Free if taking part in two activities during the day.

Access to the Museum

Consult instructions.
There is free bus parking on de la Commune Street, at the corner of Place Royale.

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