Welcome to the Maison de Mère d’Youville! This is a little treasure resting in the heart of Old Montreal at Pointe à Callière. The former General Hospital of Montreal, houses an exhibit on the history of The Grey Nuns of Montreal. You are welcome to wander through the rooms of this three-hundred-year-old dwelling and discover the mission of love of the first Canadian-born saint, Marguerite d’Youville. The exhibit “In Her Footsteps” includes a number of historical artefacts, old furniture, and striking documents from the archives dating from 1692 to the present thus revealing an important slice of the history of Montreal.
Through the course of this visit, you will learn how this site has evolved and been adapted to the changing face of Montreal. From being a hospice to a warehouse to a residence of the Grey Nuns, it has survived many disasters—fires, floods, and wars. But nothing could stop the devotion and enthusiasm of Marguerite d’Youville and her spiritual daughters who have weathered more than two centuries. Your visit is divided into three parts. The first part presents the founding of the General Hospital of Montreal by the Charon Brothers as you pass through the historical rooms with their period furniture. The second part tells about the life of Marguerite d’Youville in New France and the beginnings of the Congregation of the Grey Nuns. The third part is dedicated to the charitable works of the Grey Nuns throughout their existence.
Fall/Winter: Call 514-842-9411 to reserve a guided tour.
Open from Wednesday through Sunday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:00 p.m