Secondary cycle one and two
Secondary Cycle 1
Secondary Cycle 2

Olmecs and the Civilizations of the Gulf of Mexico

90 minutes with multimedia show
96 participants max.
Olmecs and the Civilizations of the Gulf of Mexico
© D.R. Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), México / Graphic design : © Roméo Celli, Pointe-à-Callière

Do you know about the Olmecs and the civilizations of the Gulf of Mexico? Come explore Mexico’s first-known civilization as you journey across more than 3,000 years of history, exchanges, and artistic traditions that—still today—bear traces of Olmec heritage… Let’s explore!

On this interactive adventure, your students will see exceptional objects on loan from, among others, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History. They will take a journey to the heart of the Gulf of Mexico to shed some light on archaeological finds, learning about rites, beliefs, architecture, art, writing, and much more.

It’s a great way to raise your students’ awareness of this monumental cultural heritage that has endured in certain Mexican communities.

The exhibition Olmecs and the Civilizations of the Gulf of Mexico is sure to surprise and amaze your class!

What will students experience in this exhibition?

During their visit, students will get to see impressive offerings and stelae that embody this civilization’s history, along with various sculptures, including a colossal head weighing more than six tons!

Through these objects, students will:

  • Learn about the gods, mythology, and rites of the Olmecs and civilizations of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Understand the influence these peoples had on other civilizations in Mesoamerica, including the Mayas and Aztecs.
  • Learn about the rich history of the Olmecs and findings from recent archaeological digs.
  • Reflect on unique works of art and objects that bear witness to history and traditions.

H2 : Competencies developed - High school 1st and 2nd cycle

The activities on this tour are in keeping with the aims of government education programs in that they help develop certain competencies.

History and Citizenship Education

European expansion around the world
- Examine social realities from a historical perspective ;
- Look back at social realities ;
- Consider social realities over time ;
- Consider social realities in their complexity ;
- Interpret social realities using the historical method ;
- Establish the facts of social realities (document various aspects of these facts) ;
- Build civic awareness with the help of history.

Visual arts

Appreciate works of art and cultural objects from the artistic heritage.
- Analyze a work of art
- Interpret the meaning of a work or production

Information and reservation

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514 872-9127

Please note that we cannot guarantee a booking request made less than 4 weeks in advance.

Hours and rates of visits and group activities

April 2024 to September 2024
Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm

May-June 2024
Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm
+ Mondays June 3, 10 and 17, 2024

Rates in effect as of September 1, 2023

Secondary Students$11.00
Accompanying Adults (1 for 15 students)Free
Additional chaperon$15
3rd or additional adult$18
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.

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.