It's Circus time!
October 13, 2021 to March 6, 2022
Relive the greatest moments of the circus at Pointe-à-Callière
From the first European and American circus troops to today’s over-the-top international shows, the circus arts have never stopped evolving. In a colourful and entertaining setting, come explore over 350 objects, some moving and some mind-boggling, that bear witness to this adventure.
Costumes, set pieces, works of art, props, giant scale models, iconic objects, training and backstage equipment… the It’s Circus Time! exhibition throws open the doors to the fascinating and always surprising world of the circus. Delve into the history of this performing art that has thrilled Québec for over 200 years!
An immersion into the wonderful world of the circus
The ringmaster, the equestrian, the acrobat, the clown, the lion tamer… the mere mention of their names awakens childhood memories! Come learn about these iconic figures of the modern circus and, along the way, meet Philip Astley, Phineas Taylor Barnum, Tom Thumb, the Fratellini clowns, and Jules Léotard. The exhibition also takes you behind the scenes where you will learn about various disciplines of the circus arts, life on tour, the preparation required for a show, and post-circus life.
Québec and Montréal circuses in the spotlight
Though well-established in Québec since the 18th century, the circus arts experienced a marked development over the last few decades, most notably in Montréal. Learn about the histories and know-how of our local artists and artisans, from pioneers such as strongmen—like the famous Louis Cyr—, street performers, and the first acrobat families, to modern day troupes including Les 7 Doigts, Flip Fabrique, Machine de Cirque, Cirque Alfonse, Cirque Éloize, Cavalia, and Cirque du Soleil—seven Québec troupes that have made names for themselves on the international scene and have made us all proud!
Experience the circus at the Museum
Climb into a mini clown car, test your balance and coordination, and discover your inner circus artist. A memorable, family-friendly time awaits you!
The It’s Circus Time! exhibition is produced by Pointe-à-Callière through the financial support of the City of Montréal and the Government of Québec, and through generous loans from some twenty institutions in Canada, the United States, and France.