Elementary Cycle 1
Social Sciences
Visual Arts

Your neighbourhood

Map of a neighborhood hand-drawn by a child.
Credit : MEM - Centre des mémoires montréalaises

What better way to get to know the immediate environment of your school than to become familiar with the history and characteristics of its neighbourhood? In this activity, students learn about the people who live in the area around their school and the buildings that have been built there. During their visit to the MEM, they discover what makes the school’s neighbourhood different from other parts of the city. The students then create a collage to show what their ideal neighbourhood would look like.

Your Neighbourhood takes place at the MEM in two stages:

  1. A tour of the MEM’s public spaces and permanent exhibition to situate the school’s neighbourhood. This visit is tailored to the area that your school is located in and highlights its components, history, population, and architecture. In their explorations, students put to use their history, geography, French, and visual arts skills.
  2. A brainstorming and collage workshop. What would the students’ ideal neighbourhood include? Students create a collage to illustrate their ideas.


  • Get to know the school’s neighbourhood, including its territory and history.

Links to the Québec Education Program (QEP)

Elementary Cycle 1

Cross-Curricular Competencies
  • Exercise critical judgement
  • Use creativity
  • Construct one’s identity
  • Cooperate with others

Geography, History and Citizenship Education

  • First representation in space and time: acquire knowledge related to location in space and time with regard to human elements, natural elements, people, groups, and events.


  • Write a variety of texts
  • Communicate orally

Visual Arts

  • Produce individual works in the visual arts
  • Use creative ideas inspired by the stimulus for creation
  • Use transforming gestures and elements of visual arts language
  • Organize chosen elements, taking into account the message to be conveyed and the intended viewers

This activity was created in cooperation with the museologist Estelle Poirier-Vannier and the Groupe de recherche sur l’éducation et les musées.

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.