Permanent exhibition

Memory Collector

First collector sewer of Montreal.
Photo: Stéphane Brügger

On May 17, 2017, the Museum unveiled a tribute to North America’s first collector sewer, a majestic feat of civil engineering built between 1832 and 1838.

The sewer channelled the Little River underground and collected rainwater and wastewater right up until 1989. At that point it was taken out of service and the water was diverted to the network of interceptor sewers leading to the Rivière-des-Prairies treatment plant. Part of the collector sewer beneath Pointe-à-Callière, between the Éperon building and Place Royale, was integrated into the Museum in 1992.

Photos: NH Photographes

Since May 2017, visitors are able to stroll through a section of the collector sewer extending for 110 meters. They can enjoy a multisensory, contemplative experience thanks to the Memory Collector, an ingenious light installation projected onto the stone walls of the collector sewer, in a specially designed sound environment.

The exhibition respects the spirit of this impressive site, plunging visitors into a mysterious underground world and leading them to a magical space imbued with history and emotion. An experience like Montréal has never known before!

Partner and sponsor:

City of Montréal

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