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Temporary exhibition

Wednesday November 16, 2016 — Sunday January 8, 2017

Santas Are Taking Over the Museum – 4th edition

The traditional annual event of the holiday season

The magic of Christmas is coming to the Stewart Museum with the exhibition Santas Are Taking Over the Museum. It’s the 4th edition of an event that has become an annual tradition for families and its fervent fans. Visitors of all ages are invited to see some 30 figurines of the jolly man in red and a gorgeous doll castle that comes to life at the sound of music.

This private collection of Santa figurines belonged to the great Montreal philanthropist Liliane Stewart, wife of the founder of the Museum David M. Stewart. The collection showcases the richness of craft design and illustrates how the artistic representation of a beloved folk hero has evolved.

A number of the figurines on display were handmade by such renowned American artists as Beth Cameron, Lynn West and Lynn Haney, while others were created by Quebec artist Carole Landreville. Whether he’s aboard a sled, a birch bark canoe or a rail car, each Santa is unique in terms of his personality and the material used to create him. Adding to the enchantment of young and old is a large doll castle, designed by German toy furniture maker Rudolph Szálasi in 1975, with miniature couples waltzing at a ball in their finest attire.

The exhibition offers visitors a chance to see vintage photographs from the McCord Museum collections showing winter scenes of Montreal in the early 20th century. They’ll also learn about holiday season traditions, such as Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, Christmas tree lights and ornaments, and Christmas gifts.

Here is a tease of what the 4th edition of the exhibition Santas Are Taking Over the Museum has in store for you.

Not to be missed!

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