Permanent exhibition



L’îlot des Palais, a major historical and archaeological site of the Capital, has opened its doors again to the general public on July 3rd 2014. It will present in its vaulted cellars from the 18th century a quite new immersive exhibition. Through techno-culture (ground mapping, projections, 3D…), families, tourists, both young and old people will be transported in the hectic life of this place, the Jean-Talon Brewery, to the Palaces of the Intendant, the prisons, and Stores of King in the Boswell brewery …

Since 1982, 65 archaeological excavation worksites and more than 500 000 artifacts have made possible the promotion of this place of residence of the New France Intendant, place of the economic, social and judicial power. A visit to The Îlot des Palais is imperative to seize our history from the 14th century to nowadays. Surprising discoveries await you there! Among others, 4 Egyptian amulets were found in one stratum of 1710  the bones of Samy — a small poodle of the 18th century found in the latrines of the second Palace.

Duration: 45 minutes


Let’s travel inside the world of beers from Jean-Talon to the Boswell-Dow’s breweries : 125 years of history! We have artifacts, objects of collection, pictures from archives, interviews, a memory wall and much more to show you!

Doctor Yves Morin, a cardiologist, will tell you all the answers to a deep story behind the closing of the Dow Brewery.

L’îlot des Palais and Première Ovation – Patrimoine worked together as partners for this big exhibition.

You can complete your brewing experience by trying our GeoRally : On the beer trail that ends with a beer tasting in one of our co-partners : Le Corsaire, L’Inox et La Korrigane.