The Écomusée du fier monde is a Montreal museum of industrial and working-class history as well as a community museum. Its mission is defined as follows:
- to emphasize themes of labour and community engagement (engagement citoyen) in Montréal, in their historical and contemporary contexts;
- to develop a lasting community based museology (muséologie citoyenne) by using museum activities as tools toward popular education and empowerment;
- to contribute to the development of our ecomuseum territory by emphasizing its heritage and culture in collaboration with local actors;
- to share our expertise and communicate with others at local, national, and international levels, and thereby contribute to the development of communities.
The values of the Écomusée are the following:
- the community role of the Écomusée;
- respect for labour and the people who perform it;
- rigour and excellence.
The Écomusée du fier monde is a museum accredited by the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Conseil des arts de Montréal, and is supported by the City of Montréal, the Ville-Marie borough, the Department of Canadian Heritage and numerous public and private partners.
About ÉCOMUSÉE DU FIER MONDE
Founded in 1980, the Écomusée du fier monde works to emphasize the history and heritage of the Centre-Sud district in Montreal, a microcosm of the Industrial Revolution in Quebec, Canada, and North America at large in the second half of the 19th century.
Since its creation, the Écomusée has developed a museum practice based on outreach education and the setting up of participative projects. It fulfils its mandate in close collaboration with the populace of the district, as well as with its institutions and cultural and community organizations. It is also active during reflections and discussions that concern the present and future development of the Centre-Sud.
It has earned numerous awards of excellence or mentions from organizations specializing in museology and heritage: Société des musées du Québec, Canadian Museums Association, Les Arts et la Ville, Association québécoise d’interprétation du patrimoine, Montréal Architectural Heritage Campaign, Sauvons Montréal, etc.