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Stories, Myths and Legends

This tour brings students into the captivating world of fantastic stories told by the works of the Museum, which act as witnesses to the world’s collective cultural heritage.


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

  • Stories and legends
    Students will connect Indigenous, Quebec and international legends with artworks in the collection.
  • Values and society
    Students will discover the value systems and the societal underpinnings associated with these legends.
  • Narration
    Students will be introduced to the reading of narrative art and artists’ representation strategies.
The tour

Students will explore specific themes discussed during an interactive tour developed around artworks in the Quebec and Canadian art and the early international art collections.
Throughout the tour, the students will participate in different theme-based activities:

  • Listening to stories and legends
  • Association games
  • Interactive discussions
Creative activity

Workshop option
Students will draw inspiration from their tour to create a collagraphy (print) representing a narrative scene.
Materials used:

  • Cardstock
  • Printing ink, rollers
  • Paper

Exploration option
Students will draw inspiration from their tour to create a print representing an invented legendary character.
Materials used:

  • Foam sheets
  • Markers and crayons
  • Notebook
The learning progression

Thanks to its encyclopedic collection, the Museum is a fertile ground for stimulating reflection on ethical issues, learning about history, discovering the diversity of the world’s cultures and developing critical-thinking skills. 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

  • Demonstrate comprehension of the religious phenomenon through the concept of representations of the divine and of mythical and supernatural creatures.


  • Name (1st cycle), identify (2nd cycle) and differentiate between (3rd cycle) transforming gestures and tools.
  • Name (1st cycle), identify (2nd cycle) and differentiate between (3rd cycle) elements of the visual arts language.
  • Appreciate works of art and cultural objects of artistic heritage.
  • Produce personal works of visual art.


  • Identify certain characteristics of the legend (e.g., general time period, historical characters, explanation of phenomena, exaggerated feats).
  • Educate students about the worlds of literature and culture.

2nd and 3rd cycles

Social sciences

  • Understand the diversity of societies and their territories.
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 watch the video clip of Mattiusi Iyaituk, which deals with the theme of story transmission.

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

General information


Reservations are required for all groups of 15 people or more.

Phone: 514-285-2000
Toll free: 1-800-899-6873, extension 440


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

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, bulky objects, umbrellas and food or drink (including bottled water) are not permitted in the exhibition galleries. Such items must be checked at the cloakroom. Please note that the Museum is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

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