Daily, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ticket counter closes at 4 p.m.)
$3 Adults (over 18 years old)
$1 child (7 to 17 years old)
Free for children from 6 and under
Saint Joseph’s Oratory Museum, located in the heart of the Basilica (level 5), is principally dedicated to religious art. Renowned for its exceptional collection of creches from all over the world, the museum offers a treasure of religious, historical and artistic heritage from Quebec and abroad.
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This year, the Oratory Museum takes part in the new Montreal Museums Month – 2022 Edition, which will run from May 1 to 31. As part of this initiative, several of the city’s museums will present to the public a favourite object from their collection.
At the Oratory, the museum team has selected a charming crèche of finger puppets. “This charming Nativity finger puppet scene puts a smile on our faces. With great simplicity, the artists of the Créations FLORAPHIL workshop knew how to make the Nativity theme accessible. The creation of a Nativity scene is intimate, due to the choice of materials and the aesthetics of the whole piece. It reflects a culture, values, while rewarding a bridge between tradition and modernity. A marvelous birth to stage in it’s own way.”
Solargraphy in the City
In the spring of 2020, the Museum of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal was scheduled to present an exhibition entitled “Solargraphy in the City”. However, the exhibition did not take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as the Oratory closed its doors on March 19, 2020, the same day as Saint Joseph’s Day!
The previous year, Fabrice Lassort, a French artist-photographer, had come to Montreal on several occasions to carry out a project in collaboration with the Marguerite-Bourgeoys Historic Site and its Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel as well as Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal.
For this project, the artist installed small cameras without lenses (a pinhole camera, a small black box with a tiny hole to let the light in) in order to make what are called solargraphs. Thanks to very long exposure times, in this case several months, these rudimentary devices capture the sun’s rays invisible to the naked eye and produce images that are printed on black and white photographic paper placed inside this darkroom.
Unexpectedly, the pandemic situation prolonged the experiment as the cameras remained in the Stations of the Cross Garden and the Oratory grounds for much longer than expected. The devices were then removed by the Oratory’s horticulturists and mailed to the artist in France so that he could develop them.
The result is amazing and striking. The solargraphs are of an intense blue because the long exposure times have carbonized the silver salts. Some figurative images plunge us into a strange atmosphere, as if time had stopped, as if life had frozen… This is not without reminding us of the first days of the pandemic and the total halt of activities… Other rather abstract images, almost organic, of great beauty and complexity, come from cameras damaged by the vagaries of weather conditions.
The Oratory warmly thanks Fabrice Lassort for having shared the fruit of his original work, thanks to this virtual exhibition that highlights two jewels of Montreal’s religious heritage.
The Museum Collection. The crèches of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal
Starting November 28, 2021
The Oratory’s Nativity Scene exhibit is divided into two parts. The first part, entitled The Museum Collection – The Crèches of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, highlights the Oratory’s two large outdoor Nativity Scenes as well as a selection of smaller pieces.
The second part, entitled A World in a Crèche, allows visitors to discover nearly one hundred Nativity Scenes from as many countries on five continents. In all, visitors will be able to contemplate more than 125 works that bear witness to the creativity of artists who, using a wide variety of materials, have shaped their vision of the Nativity of the Lord.
The Museum is part of the Montreal Museums Tour
Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal joins the Montreal Museums initiative, which this year invites you to take part in The Montreal Museums Tour, a unique virtual event that highlights the favourites of 31 museums in the city. Discover the Musée de l’Oratoire’s favorite.
Until June 30, discover through various web capsules the favorites of the other museums on the Montreal Museums‘ website.