Temporary exhibition

Wampum : beads of diplomacy

from Oct 20, 2023 to Mar 10, 2024
McCord Stewart museum

Wampum are remarkable objects made from shell beads that were exchanged for over two centuries—from the early 17th to the early 19th century—during diplomatic meetings between nations in northeastern America, including European nations. For the first time, this unprecedented exhibition brings together over 40 wampum belts from public and private collections in Quebec, Canada and Europe. Some forty cultural objects from the period also help to contextualize and explain their fundamental role.

The participation of contemporary Indigenous voices in the exhibition highlights the continuing importance of wampum in Indigenous cultures today. Discover the work of artists Hannah Claus, Nadia Myre, Teharihulen Michel Savard and Skawennati, inspired by wampum, and hear stories from members of several nations through a series of videos.

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Exhibition

Temporary

Audiences

Adults
Children
Members

McCord Stewart museum

Address

McCord Stewart museum
690 Sherbrooke Street West,
Montreal, QC H3A 1E9

Regular Schedule

From Jan 1 to Jun 24
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 21:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
From Jun 25 to Sep 4
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 21:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
From Sep 5 to Dec 31
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 21:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00

Holidays Schedule

Oct 9
10:00 - 18:00
Dec 26
12:00 - 18:00
Jan 2
12:00 - 18:00
Mar 4
10:00 - 18:00

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