A Christmas in Paris

Alice Mariette
Special Collaboration

November 17, 2018

Un Noël comme à Paris

Photo: Stewart Museum / Musée Stewart
Visitors can discover in a playful way the three historic districts of Paris presented to the museum.

This text is part of a special booklet.

Throughout the month of December, the Stewart Museum invites visitors to immerse themselves in the classic children’s literature, “beauty and The Beast in the framework of its exposure on the storefronts of Paris.

Once is not custom, this year the Stewart Museum, will not present his collection of figurines of santa Claus.

“There will be no santa Claus because we don’t have the space, but we compensate by activities related to Christmas,” says Suzanne Sauvage, president and chief executive officer of the Stewart Museum.

During the Holiday season, in addition to take a stroll in the Paris of the Eighteenth century, in a soundscape recreating the neighbourhood of the Grand Châtelet of the time, visitors to the Stewart Museum will be able to discover or rediscover the famous tale beauty and The Beast. But not just any version, since it is the one of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, writer, journalist and French teacher of the Eighteenth century, published for the first time in The Store of children, in 1757. It is from this tale that it owes its celebrity.

The Paris of the Stewart Museum

It is, therefore, immersed in the universe of this work, which holds a special place in the popular culture, that families are invited to participate in an activity of type ” story of which you are the hero “. With this booklet-game Betting shop – shops in The 18th century, in hands, parents and children will be masters of their course. Together, they will go to the discovery of old books, decorative objects, and historical, engravings, scientific instruments and weapons of the era presented in the exhibition halls.

“The children will be able to make a visit with an interaction and a game in which they must participate to discover this exhibition from another angle,” says Ms Wild.

To discover the exhibitions while promoting learning around the objects in the collection, and discussions between parents and children, the museum also offers a new guide of discovery for families. Visitors can thus discover in a playful way the three historic districts of Paris presented to the museum : the City, the City and the University.

“The experience in virtual reality appeals to both children and adults,” notes the director of the museum. We discover Paris, strolling around, it is visually beautiful . “

This virtual reality experience called It’s snowing in Paris, offers a walk while poetry in the French capital on a cold winter night. and this, in a setting of cut paper, a technology used more and more to believe Ms. Wild.

In connection with this activity, the museum offers a creative workshop where young people are invited to create a decorative ball with snow flakes inside. It will be offered continuously from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m. weekends, 1 to 23 December and all the days of the opening of the museum between December 24 and January 6. Always in conjunction with the exhibition Paris in the window – shops in The 18th century, the young people will be able to attend the story hour, at 11 a.m. and 14 p.m. in French and 13 h in English.

Escape the museum

Strong of its success in the summer, the escape game at the fort on île Sainte-Hélène is also again proposed a Saturday during the Holiday season.

“This has been extremely popular this summer, says Suzanne Wild. The game allows you to relive the history of the site as such, but in a playful way. It is very participatory and the kids love it. Everyone loves to escape ! Therefore we postpone it to the shows this winter. “

The aim of the game : escape from the internment Camp S/43 of the île Sainte-Hélène. The participants will discover an episode well known to the fort, which was the place of detention of four cdents merchant seamen and civilians, Italian prisoners of war from 1940 to 1943.

History and memory

To complete his visit and immerse themselves in more than five centuries of the history of New France, the public is invited to discover nearly five hundred objects, documents and rare books. In his exhibition History and memory, the Stewart Museum offers a veritable trip back in time and a historical journey that goes from the beginning of colonization until today. Every weekend, a Museum guide leads a capsules thematic to explore in depth an area of the exhibition.

“We hope that Montrealers will come to many, lance Suzanne Wild. If they have not yet discovered the museum, they come to celebrate the Holiday season ! “

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