From November 25, 2022 to January 8, 2023
Relive the magic of the Ogilvy Christmas mechanical windows at the Museum
Montrealers have been spellbound by the mechanical displays in Ogilvy’s department store window for over 70 years — a Holiday tradition that began in 1947. The Bavarian scenes, custom made by the German toy manufacturer Steiff, feature dozens of handcrafted animals working and playing.
In 1911, the firm began producing mechanical windows featuring moving animals, which stores could rent or purchase – an effective way of entertaining children while promoting their merchandise. James Aird Nesbitt, who owned Ogilvy’s department store from 1927 to 1985, bought two – The Enchanted Village and The Mill in the Forest.
Similar to those of department stores in other parts of the world, such as Macy’s in New York or Galeries Lafayette in Paris, these window displays are among the last of their kind in North America. They were donated to the McCord Stewart Museum in March 2018 by Holt Renfrew with the goal of preserving and ensuring the continuation of the iconic Montreal displays.
Through a partnership with İÖGO nanö, the Museum is proudly maintaining this holiday tradition that has graced the city’s landscape for over 70 years.
The Mill in the Forest
You are invited to (re)discover The Mill in the Forest,presented outside the Museum on the Victoria pedestrian street and decorated for the occasion.
Free of charge at all times! Captivating game of Seek and Find available free of charge for children at the Museum entrance.
The Enchanted Village
Come inside the Museum to see The Enchanted Village.
Free admission for children 12 and under at all times. Voluntary donation recommended for adults.
Until December 31, 2022, admission is free for teens aged 13 to 17.
Not to be missed!
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