RBC Art and Heritage Centre

The internal environment of the hospital has a lot to do with the way people get better. It impacts patients and families, and the integration of art into a hospital makes it a truly healing environment.

Dr. Jonathan Meakins

Director of the RBC Art & Heritage Centre

Since 1821, the MUHC’s constituent hospitals have played an important role in the development of academic medicine in Montreal. In January 2013, the RBC Art and Heritage Centre of the MUHC was created to recognize the significant social, artistic, medical, and nursing histories of these hospitals. It seeks to preserve and highlight existing artefacts and complementary visual objects from this rich heritage in dedicated exhibition spaces across all MUHC sites.

The RBC Art and Heritage Centre has been identifying, restoring, and centralizing all MUHC artefacts and historical materials so they will be ready to be displayed throughout the Glen, and the Montreal General and Lachine Hospitals for patients, their families, and staff. Once the exhibits are in full operation across the MUHC, the Art and Heritage Centre seeks to find a permanent venue for showcasing its work to ensure that the Montreal community at large has the opportunity to view and learn about the MUHC’s history.

Some of the notable historical items among the RBC Art and Heritage Centre collection include:

  • Lister’s antiseptic spray
  • Renulife Violet Ray Generator
  • Portraits of hospital founders (including one by famed artist Robert Harris)
  • Painting by Sir Frederick Banting
  • Nursing artefacts (uniforms, photos)
  • Bust of Dr. James Bell (one of the first surgeons in Montreal)
  • Stained glass windows by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

To ensure the viability of the Centre, the MUHC Foundation created The Art and Heritage Centre Fund, which seeks the community’s commitment to preserve this historical collection across all of our constituent hospital sites.

Help support the preservation of the MUHC’s medical history by making a donation to The RBC Art and Heritage Centre Fund.

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