Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage

1850 Lakeshore Drive
H9S 2E6
514 633-4314

Opening Hours:

Thursday to Sunday - 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

During the holiday period, please call in advance to confirm the opening hours.

Free entrance (donations gladly accepted)
Guided visits for groups available upon reservation
Buses #209 and #202

Housed in a historic building with three exhibition rooms, the Museum's mission is to inform the public about the founders and important events of Dorval's history.

Wanted for an exhibition!
Videos of Bygone Dorval

Dorval is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2017 and, for the occasion, the Dorval Museum of History and Heritage’s team is preparing a new exhibition under the theme FestiCity. To do this, we are looking for your films or videos of the past where we can see Dorval in its younger days. The intended topics are: leisure, vacation, entertainment, parades and carnivals, major events, and so forth.

So dig up your old Beta, VHS or other kinds of tapes and bring them over to the Library during hours of operation before April 1, 2017. For more information, please visit the library or contact us at 514 633-4071 or write to us at:


Dorval: More Than Three Hundred Years of History!
The Dorval Museum Renews its Permanent Exhibition

Last year, the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage, the only historical museum located in Montreal’s West Island, inaugurated its new permanent exhibition, produced by the Merlicht design firm. Seeking to enhance the visitors’ experience, a highly colourful and interactive approach has been used to make the museum more appealing to young people, tourists, and residents of Dorval.

The Museum is divided into four sections: the former horse stables which are quite rare in Canada, the Hall of Fame featuring important people in the history of Dorval, the atrium with its unparalleled view of Lake Saint-Louis and the upstairs where the history of Dorval is presented in a colourful and imaginative way.  We look forward to welcoming visitors. Come see into our past!

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions:

Living Victorian Style, a Matter of Etiquette Exhibition
February 2 to July 16, 2017

The Dorval Museum of History and Heritage is proud to present the exhibition Living Victorian Style, a Matter of Etiquette, as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations in Dorval.

Immerse yourself in a time when each stage of the day was dictated by etiquette and become a Dorval resident of the 19th century. During your visit, experience the daily life of a man or woman according to his or her lifestyle, whether vacationer or farmer This exhibition invites you to discover how these groups lived in the Victorian Style, according to the four-part label: food, costume, leisure and transportation.

The vernissage of the exhibition will take place on Thursday, February 2, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This activity is free and open to all. Snacks and drinks will be served for the occasion.

Donate to the Museum

Almost all objects were given or lent by citizens concerned with maintaining history and preserving the past.

The Museum is a non-profit organization. Income tax receipts are issued on demand for donations of objects or cash.

Your ideas are important to us; share your vision of history with us.

If you have any objects that you would like to donate to the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage, please fill in a form and return it to the Museum. This form is also available at the Museum.


Volunteer at the Museum

We are always looking for new volunteers in many fields to give historical information to our groups and visitors. Participate in our special events:

  • Museum celebrations
  • Museum days
  • Cultural days
  • Heritage Campaign
  • Dorval Celebrates

Why volunteer?

No matter how much time you can devote to volunteering, each hour contributes to changing our community.

You choose your own schedule (weekdays or weekends).
You get to know your community better.
You develop new aptitudes.
You share your aptitudes and talents with others.
You meet new friends.
Your volunteering experiences can be added to your CV and be useful in your studies and at work.
You become part of a terrific team!

Contact us at (514) 633-4314.