The Écomusée du fier monde reopens its doors on Sunday, June 7 to once again present Pushing Back at Fate: Poverty, Families and Institutions, an exhibition that explores the history of confinement as a form of intervention most common among the poor and destitute.

The history of working-class Montreal neighbourhoods has been marked by numerous charitable institutions since the mid-19th century. The buildings erected by these charities are now part of our architectural heritage.



The exhibition invites you to look beyond institutional walls—to bring to light the people who were considered at the time to be destitute, ill, insane, dependent, deviant, delinquent, or incapable. Discover these little-known stories with the help of images of archives, documents, and artifacts.


Click here to read the reminder of the Hygiene Rules for Your Visit.

This exhibition is realised in partnership with the Centre d’histoire des régulations sociales de l’UQAM (CHRS).