Activities

For the whole family

Le Noël de Laurette

Le Noël de Laurette

There are many fireplaces in the Castle, but Santa Claus can only enter through one of them… Help the elves find it: the delivery of gifts to little Laurette depends on it!

Every weekend in December and on 28, 29, 30 and 31

Flair et luminaires

Flair et luminaires

Cheerful luminaries make the conversation. They give you plenty of clues to solve five cases as you walk around the Castle!

At any time – From November

A Bestiary in the Wallpaper

A Bestiary in the Wallpaper

Fantastic animals and creatures hide in plain sight in the striking decor of the Château. Can you find them as you walk through the rooms?

At any time

Gourmet feast

Gourmet feast

A game trail that will allow you to help the governesses of Château Dufresne prepare a gourmet feast. You will see, flowers and fruits are in abundance in the decorations of the Château.

At any time

The  Marius Workshops

The Marius Workshops

Creative thematic workshops inspired by collections and exhibitions. Ask at reception.

An inventive Christmas stocking

The essential Christmas stocking is in the spotlight. Children will be able to express their creativity by decorating a felt Christmas stocking.

Very chilly snowmen

Because the holiday season is also a snow time, children are invited to dress a cardboard snowman for the winter with pompoms, felt and a few buttons.

No reservation required
From 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Every weekend in December (except Sunday December 25) and December 28, 29, 30 and 31.

Guided tours

The TOP-5 of our most beautiful fireplaces

The Château visits

Guided tours start at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for people on site.


Guided tours are offered to organized groups at any time, but reservations are required.

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      The Château bestiary

      The Château bestiary

      This thematic walk-through tour introduces young people to practise observation and discover depictions of animals and fantastic creatures in the astonishing decoration of the Château.

      < Preschool / Elementary Cycle 1 >

      For coloring Aces: Pick up your pencils!

      The Shoemaking Industry in Maisonneuve

      The great power of seduction exerted by the industrial policy of the City of Maisonneuve attracted many factories making mainly shoes. In 1911, the city could boast that it was “the biggest shoemaking centre on the Island of Montreal.” An invitation to discover the splendours and miseries of an industrial heritage that has since been trampled on.

      < Elementary /Secondary >

      In the Footsteps of Marius Dufresne

      In the Footsteps of Marius Dufresne

      The legacy of Marius Dufresne is still very much alive in the old City of Maisonneuve. The architectural value of the heritage buildings he helped to build bear the signs of his openness to innovation and the great ideas of his time. A multi-faceted man of rare talent, he was at one and the same time an engineer, an architect and a surveyor.

      < Elementary /Secondary >

      Gourmet feast

      A History of Styles, a Matter of Taste

      In the Dufresne era, the decorative style of each room in the great middleclass houses shared a common vocabulary:

      Italian Renaissance, Louis XV, Second Empire, Elizabethan. … Can you find your way amid the eclecticism of the Château’s many decorative styles, or the Orientalist influences found there?

      < College and university students, and professionals >

      Francization

      A Bestiary in the Wallpaper

      When the World Spoke French

      The Château de Maisonneuve’s tour experience is an excellent opportunity to improve your knowledge of French. As you wind your way through the various rooms in the sumptuous twin houses of the brothers Oscar and Marius Dufresne, you can witness the daily lives of these two members of the francophone middle class, who left their mark on the development of Montréal. You can also explore some of the cultural issues associated with the French characterization of the metropole in the previous century.

      < New arrivals, welcoming classes and francization community groups >

      Talks and encounters

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