Elementary Cycle 2

Montréal, map in hand

Map of the city of Montreal in 1781.
Photo: Archives nationales d’outre-mer (France). FR CAOM 3DFC480B

In Montréal, Maps in Hand, students examine maps to learn about Montréal and its history. That’s right: paper maps—the kind that people used before Google Maps! This activity allows students to manipulate several types of maps, all of which contain information about the city’s territory and its history. If students look closely, they can even gain insight into the daily life of Montrealers of the past.

The activity Montréal, Maps in Hand takes place at the MEM in three stages:

  1. A sensory game involving historical maps. Students examine the city’s territory at the time the maps were drawn. They also deduce information about its smells and sounds, as well as its inhabitants and their trajectories and activities.
  2. A discovery workshop about maps. Today, Google Maps lets us see a city at street level, zoom out to situate it in the world, search it for streets or businesses, and view its terrain. In the past, people needed a different map for every purpose. This activity is an opportunity to understand the relationship between the maps of yesterday and today.
  3. A tour of the exhibition, using a map. Students learn to use this tool while gaining a deeper understanding of Montréal and its history.

All of these activities are tailored to the students’ level and their Social Sciences program.


  • Use maps to learn about Montréal and its history.
  • Become familiar with maps and learn to read and use them.

Links to the Québec Education Program (QEP)

Elementary Cycle 2

Cross-Curricular Competencies
  • Use information
  • Cooperate with others

Geography, History and Citizenship Education


  • Understand the organization of a society in its territory
  • Interpret change in a society and its territory

Progression of learning

  • French society in New France around 1645
  • Canadian society in New France around 1745
  • Techniques specific to geography and history

Information and reservation

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Please contact us with any questions.

By email:
[email protected]
By telephone:
514 872-0238
120 minutes including arrival and departure
Maximum Capacity
80 students
  • Effective January 2024
  • Students: $5
  • Accompanying adult (1 per 15 students): Free


At the MEM
Getting to the MEM
Bus Drop-Off
  • Located at 61 boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Montréal, Québec, H2Z 1A3
  • A member of the MEM team will meet you at the drop-off and accompany you on foot to the museum (200 m)
Public Transit
  • Metro: Station Saint-Laurent
  • STM bus: 55

The MEM is offering you free school programs from March 2024 to June 2024, so that you can discover its spaces and familiarize yourself with this new cultural venue and its contents.

The educational programs will take place in our public spaces and workshops, as well as in our permanent exhibition under construction. You'll have exclusive and privileged access, as it's not yet open to the public!

Educational vision

The MEM's educational offering is the fruit of a collective effort involving a committee of some fifteen teachers and education specialists, as well as community partners working in the fields of civic engagement, living together and accessibility.

Our educational programs aim to equip young people to become citizens interested in their city, its challenges and its history. They aim to foster their awareness of the importance of living together and their commitment to their community.

Our programs talk about Montreal, its history, its territory and its people, through such perspectives as neighborhoods, immigration, citizen power and disability. The varied activities that make up our programs encourage students to share their experiences, develop critical thinking skills and empathy, and foster civic engagement.