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The new Dufresne-Nincheri Museum presents the oldest stained glass workshop in Québec and houses an unparalleled collection of royal and imperial items and paintings from Alexandre de Bothuri and Élaine Bédard

The new Musée Dufresne-Nincheri, which is chaired by Marc Poirier, inaugurated on December 9th its museum complex with the official opening of the Nincheri Studio, the oldest stained glass workshop still in existence in Québec, and the presentation of the new permanent exhibit at Château Dufresne. Without a doubt, the crowning glory of this exhibit is the prestigious collection of royal and imperial items and paintings owned by Alexandre de Bothuri and Élaine Bédard.

Collectors’ hall, items to remember, which is integrated into the new permanent exhibit at Château Dufresne, presents 47 historical items and paintings that previously belonged to such famous personalities as Jeanne d’Arc, Louis XV, Madame du Barry, Marie-Antoinette, Rodolphe II, Pauline Borghèse, Napoleon I and Josephine. This is the first time these items have been presented together in a North American museum, namely Château Dufresne, which features Beaux-Arts style French architecture, directly inspired by the Petit Trianon in Versailles.

The collection also includes items that belonged to four women who experienced the Petit Trianon in person. This is one of the most prestigious collections of French royal and imperial items ever to appear outside of France.

The general public is also invited to discover one of the oldest stained glass workshops in Canada, that of Florentine artist Guido Nincheri, who is emblematic of the Italian-Canadian community during the first half of the 20th Century. Between 1925 and 1996, when it closed down, the Nincheri Studio produced more than 5,000 stained-glass windows for use across North America.

The new mission of the museum will be to celebrate the historical and patrimonial heritage of the eastern section of Montréal by transforming Château Dufresne and the Nincheri Studio into a unique and innovative museum complex, designed for the community, with a view to ensuring its preservation for future generations.

The Château Dufresne, built between 1915 and 1918, was a beaux-arts style mansion owned by the Dufresne brothers, leading members of Montreal’s French bourgeoisie. Today, the Château Dufresne houses a museum dedicated to the history of Montreal’s east end.

For the same price, you may visit the Château Dufresne and the Nincheri Studio, the oldest stained-glass studio extant in Québec. Guido Nincheri, (1885-1973) is one of the greatest artists and entrepreneurs of the twentieth century. This Italo-Canadian’s murals, stained glass windows, frescoes, paintings, and furniture executed from his designs have adorned more than 200 buildings across 116 locations in Canada and the United States. Renowned for his glass painting technique and for the quality of his stained glass designs, Nincheri has produced over 5,000 stained glass windows in nine Canadian provinces and six New England states.

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2929, avenue Jeanne-d’Arc
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H1W 3W2
Téléphone: 514 259.9201
Télécopieur: 514 259.6466
Courriel: info@chateaudufresne.com


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Opening Hours

Château Dufresne
Wednesday to Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nincheri Studio  
By reservation, for groups of 15 and more.

Children 4 years and under: Free
Children 5 to 17 years: $ 7.00
Students and seniors: $ 13.00
Adults: $ 14.00
Family (2 adults & 2 children) : $ 30.00

Château Dufresne 2929 Jeanne-d’Arc Avenue, Montréal
Nincheri Studio, 1832, Pie-IX boulevard, Montréal


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Château Dufresne

Mr. Marc Poirier, Chair of the Board of the Société du Château Dufresne and Vice-President, Operations at Magnus Poirier Inc., has officially launched the Dufresne-Nincheri Museum’s annual fundraising campaign, to be put toward properly conserving the Museum’s collections and offering visitors a rich and varied program and high-quality exhibitions.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

To send us your donation, just mail it to us at: Château Dufresne Museum, 2929 avenue Jeanne-d’Arc, Montreal, H1W 3W2 .

You can also make your donation over the telephone, by calling (514) 259-9201.

Thank you for your generosity.

Installation Olympique Montréal

Copyright Régie des installations olympiques

New exhibition until January 8, 2017

The Olympic Park. Architecture to Celebrate !

After 40 years, it’s time to take a new look at Montréal’s Olympic Park.

That’s what you’ll find in this exhibition focusing on the architecture of the venues built in Maisonneuve Park to host the 1976 Summer Olympics. Revisit the site with us and see how it reflects the ideals of the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin of France.

We start by retracing the inspiring story of the sports park promoted by mayors Camillien Houde and Jean Drapeau and how it fit with municipal efforts to encourage amateur sports. We illustrate this part of the story with three projects designed by leading Canadian and American landscape architects. Then we look at Mayor Drapeau’s idea of a tower-monument for Expo 67 and how his dream was fulfilled, in a way, with the Summer Olympics that Montréal was awarded on May 12, 1970.

When Drapeau contacted Roger Taillibert to ask him to design the Olympic complex, the French architect had already designed several major sports facilities in his own country. We see some of them in the second part of the exhibition. We also examine the Olympic venues built in the five cities that had hosted the Games in the years before Montréal. It’s an opportunity to learn more about modern architecture and its innovative forms and techniques.

The main focus of the exhibition is the Olympic Park designed by Roger Taillibert in collaboration with professionals from Canada and France. Work on the Olympic Stadium, the aquatic centre and the velodrome, begun by the city in the spring of 1973, was completed by the Régie des installations olympiques (Olympic Installations Board) so that the Summer Games of the XXI Olympiad could open on July 17, 1976.

As you visit the exhibition, you will see the Olympic Park through the eyes of the athletes and spectators. This great saga ends, for the time being at least, with the completion of the mast and the installation of the retractable roof in 1987.


Pique-nique Napoléon



10:00 to 10:35 Military Drill

10:40 to 11:10 Dances popular during the Napoleonic era. Starts with a      demo, then we'll teach the reenactors and visitors how to do it. Then we'll all have fun doing the dance.

11:15 to 12:00 Lunch

12:00 Château grounds open to the public.

12:15 to 12:17 Gathering of soldiers

12:17 to 12:45 Drill ending with "Coup         de Joie" musket firing

12:45 to 13:15 Dance demo, instruction, then we all dance

13:20 to 13:35 Fencing demo

13:35 to 14:30 Lawn games and         relaxing

14:45 to 15:15 Reenactor parade around the garden, drill practice followed by a "Coup de Joie" musket firing

15:15 to 15:45 Dance demo, instruction, then we all dance

16:00 to 16:30 Champagne sabrage and cake for the reenactors and dancers

16:30 Public should be leaving the site


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