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High School

Representation and Dialogue

Through the World Cultures collection, students are invited to browse through this inspiring repository of stories and images to discover the myths and representations of different cultures. This tour highlights the truths that all humans have in common.


Workshop option
60-min tour + 60-min creative activity

Fee for Workshop option

Exploration option
60-min tour + 30-min creative activity

Fee for Exploration option

Like to stay longer?
We also offer a full-day Museum package for $450.

Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace at 2075 Bishop Street


514-285-2000, option 5

Download the workshop description
Topics explored

  • Vision of the world
    Students will compare different representations of the world.
  • Beliefs and myths
    Students will be introduced to various origin myths.
  • Dialogue
    Students will discover the needs that all humans share across different cultures.
The tour

Students will explore these themes on an interactive journey through the art of the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa as well as Mediterranean archaeology.
Throughout the tour, students will participate in various theme-based activities:

  • Interactive discussions and reflection activities
  • Observation drawing
Creative activity

Workshop option
Students will experiment with the concepts discussed during the visit and create their own linocut pattern.
Materials used:

  • Rubber tiles
  • Gouge
  • Printing ink

Exploration option
Students will experiment with the concepts discussed during the visit and create an observation drawing in the exhibition spaces.
Materials used:

  • Different types of pencils
  • Drawing paper
The learning progression

With its encyclopedic collection, the Museum is the perfect place to reflect on ethical issues, examine history, be open to cultural diversity, and develop critical thinking. Beyond artistic discovery, students will build their understanding of the world at the Museum.
In this activity, students will specifically learn to:

All cycles

Personal development

  • Practise dialogue: ways to develop or question a point of view


  • Identify (1st cycle) or analyze (2nd cycle) ideas and concepts
  • Name and situate (1st cycle) or analyze (2nd cycle) a visual repertoire and cultural considerations
  • Appreciate works of art and cultural objects of artistic heritage
  • Produce personal works of visual art

1st cycle

Social sciences

  • Knowledge about the diverse social organizations of civilizations before Jesus Christ: civilization of the Nile, pottery and Chinese dragons.
  • Knowledge about Greco-Roman Mythology.

Secondary 5

Cultural Geography

  • Knowledge about the cultural regions of Africa (culture, values and languages), Arabia (cultural characteristics), India (Buddhism and Hinduism) and Latin America (pre-Columbian civilizations).
Go more in depth

EDUCART is an interdisciplinary pedagogical tool for Quebec teachers that was designed by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Among the many works featured on this platform, we suggest you consult the Iranian work Star-Shaped Tile on the theme of religious beliefs and symbols.

Planning your visit

We recommend you review the Museum’s code of conduct with your students by referring to our MuseuManners.

illustration of people at the Museum

Get ready for your visit!


The group entrance is located at 2075 Bishop Street.

School bus

If you are coming by school bus, allow extra time for potential traffic congestion.

Métro station

The Museum is a 5-minute walk from the Guy-Concordia Métro station (Guy exit).

Activities led by museum staff

To book an activity with an MMFA guide or mediator, you must contact us at least three weeks in advance. The earlier you book, the greater your choice of activities.

Self-guided tours of the collections

You can also organize your own group tour to the Museum’s collections. Please contact us to book a time (availability will vary according to our program schedule). Restrictions may apply to the number of participants and access to the collections. During your visit, you are responsible for supervising the behaviour of your students and ensuring the safety of the artworks.
Please note that self-guided group tours are not permitted for the major exhibitions.

Partner teacher
Free access for elementary and secondary school teachers!

For many years, we have offered free access for elementary and secondary students, as part of our Partner Teacher program. Interested? Please contact our department to be added to this special list!

Group rates

The prices listed apply to classes of 30 students or less (primary or secondary level), as well as to groups of 22 children or less (kindergarten, preschool or day care). Please note that the price is a group rate and does not reflect the exact number of children.

Adjustments to pricing

Every day, our team goes all out to welcome you and your students under the best possible conditions. To deal with peak visitor periods, especially for the Museum’s major exhibitions, we have reviewed our experiences, from free activities to a custom workshop for $260.

Confirmation and invoicing by email

You will receive a confirmation letter and invoice by email. Please verify the information in these documents carefully. Payment in full can be made ahead of time or on the day of the activity.

Reservation modifications

We will do our best to accommodate change requests, depending on their nature. Please note that no changes to the number of students are accepted less than 12 business days before the activity.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations are accepted by phone only and can be made free of charge up to 12 business days before the scheduled event. You will then be issued a confirmation number. Cancellations or changes are not accepted within 12 business of the event, and the activity will be billed in full.

Planning your visit

To facilitate the arrival process and avoid wasting precious activity time, we strongly recommend you organize your student groups ahead of time. Each class must be divided into two teams of a maximum of 15 students (11 students for preschool groups). Each subgroup must be accompanied by one adult. The Museum mediator or guide will lead the tour.

We recommend you review the Museum’s code of conduct with your students by referring to our MuseuManners.

Directions and entrance

School buses
A reserved drop-off and parking area is located on Bishop Street.

Public transit
Guy-Concordia metro station (green line), 5 minutes from the Museum by foot; Bus 24, on Sherbrooke Street West – Bishop Street stop (eastbound) and Redpath Street (westbound)

Unless otherwise specified, the group entrance is located at 2075 Bishop Street.

Eating area

The Museum has a designated room where students can eat snacks or cold meals.
Please note that, for health reasons, students may eat in the workshop room reserved for the activity.

Prohibited items

Backpacks, food, beverages and umbrellas are not permitted in the galleries.

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