Current Exhibition

Gramophone Model A plus Nipper the dog

Magic of Waves in Saint-Henri

The permanent exhibition is like a publicly accessible collection room. You find over 120 objects tightly packed in this exhibition. Most objects relate to the history of this building which was for 17 years the world headquarters of the world’s first music industry – the Berliner Gram-o-phone Company. In the exhibition you can get informed…

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Centennial of radio broadcasting

100 years of radio broadcasting in Montreal

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of radio broadcasting in Canada. To celebrate this historic event, the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner and the Société Québécoise des Collectionneurs de Radios Anciens (SQCRA) have co-organized the Centennial of Broadcasting in Canada. The Centennial is a year-long engaging program that showcases the development of radio technology…

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Virtual Exhibition

This virtual exhibition was created to pay homage to all those who have participated directly or indirectly in this fascinating story.

Text written by Timothy Hewlings.
Adaptation and integration by François Pilon.

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Past Exhibitions

Exhibition design Montréal

Design Montreal RCA, The Sixties and the Seventies

With the Expo ’67, industrial design in Canada was in full swing. Many Canadians were among the designers, that blossomed during the summer of the “Man and his world”. Now, 50 years later, the MOEB celebrates a comeback of this era, rich in dashing creations. From that moment on, stereo systems featured a futuristic vibe,…

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Montréal in space

Montreal in space

World War II only lasted 6 years, but it literally transformed Canadian society.  Over the course of those years, the country became an important industrial producer with an enviable position on the world stage. This transformation was very visible in Montreal, which at the time was still the metropolis of Canada.  Many local businesses experienced…

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Exhibition radio during war times

Montreal radio in Wartime

On September 10, 1939, Canada declared war on Germany . During the six long years that followed, the radio will become the best tool to inform and entertain. The RCA factory, located in Saint-Henri, is now at the forefront of the development of mass communication. Military radios are becoming essential to the war effort ….

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Disc Exhibition

Disc / Disque

This exhibition retraced the history of the record, from its invention in 1887 until today. Also presented were other historical technological advances that made possible the reproduction of sound, such as Thomas Edison’s wax cylinder. The exhibition received financial support from the Montreal Heritage: Enhancing Neighborhoods program.

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From Morse to Texto

From Morse to Text

The 20th century, the century of the advent of telecommunications, left behind a thousand and one inventions produced in increasing quantities. The Musée des Ondes Emile Berliner invites you on a journey through time.

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The Berliner of Montréal

The Berliner of Montreal

This is the story of two generations of Jewish immigrants, who have helped to make Montreal an important center of technological developments in the 20th century. This story began in the German city of Hanover in 1851 with the birth of Emile Berliner. The son of a well-known Talmudic merchant and an amateur musician, Emile…

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The RCA Victor years

The RCA Victor years

In the heart of Montreal’s Saint-Henri district between Lacasse, Lenoir and Saint-Antoine streets, we find a former complex of industrial buildings with a little-known past. Home to a world famous company, they play one of the most important roles in Canadian history. We invite you to discover the days when RCA Victor was a leader…

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Goodbye Broadway, Bonjour Montréal

Goodbye Broadway, Bonjour Montréal

The ongoing love story which ties the City of Montréal to the phenomenon that is Jazz will soon reach, if it hasn’t done so yet, its hundredth anniversary. For more than half a century, this story was the driving force behind the city’s renowned nightlife before becoming, in the last 30 years, the raison d’être…

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Transistors, Plastics, Design and Revolution

Transistors, Plastics, Design and Revolution

Coming out of the “Great Darkness”. Leaving the Grande noirceur –era behind … In the years that followed the end of World War II, a need for change began to sweep the planet. All over the world, values and views of all kinds – social, political, economic and religious – began to shift. In Québec,…

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Montreal, the Cradle of the Recording Industry

Montreal, the Cradle of the Recording Industry

Several important pages of the history of the recording Industry were written in Montreal and, in particular, the St-Henri district. It is here, in fact, in the block bordered by Lacasse, St-Jacques and Lenoir streets that three of the industry’s most important companies prospered on Canadian soil. First came the Berliner Gramophone Company of Canada,…

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Radio … Making Waves

Radio … Making Waves

A hundred years ago, on the 24th of December 1906 to be precise, an inventor by the name of Reginald Fessenden sent out a transmission combining voice and music over the airwaves from Boston. In the opinion of many experts, this was the birth of broadcasting, as we know it today. A Canadian had just…

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Treasures from the collection of the MOEB... 10 years of donations

Treasures from the collection of the MOEB… 10 years of donations

In January 2006, the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner will be celebrating its tenth anniversary of public exhibitions. The acquisition of objects is among the principal, even the essential, functions of a museum. The Musée des ondes Emile Berliner accepts donations and bequests. That is how, over the years, the collection of the Musée des…

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Sound recording in Montreal, the first hundred years

Sound recording in Montreal, the first hundred years

Would you believe that a hundred years have come and gone since the day Emile Berliner, the inventor of the gramophone, opened the first Canadian recording studio on Peel Street in Montreal? The year was 1904 and very few people could have imagined at the time the full impact that this event would have on…

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Exposition Marconi 2003-2004

Marconi

At the dawning of the 20th century, numerous inventors contributed to radically changing our world. One of these pioneers, Guglielmo Marconi, turned the world of communications upside down. His invention of the wireless telegraph made distances disappear. The Marconi name became synonymous with wireless communications the world over. It gave birth to a brotherhood of…

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The Audio Chain

The Audio Chain

The science exhibition "The Audio Chain" will present the technological evolution of devices for the recording and reproduction of sound. A transient and intangible phenomenon, sound has always fascinated people. Indeed, as long ago as the 5th century B.C., Greek sages had discovered that there was a mathematical relationship between musical notes. Two centuries later,…

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50 Years of Television in Montreal

50 Years of Television in Montreal

From the diaphotoscope to the mechanical television, from the 3-inch screen to the TV Dinner, the small screen has spread throughout the world in its 100 years of existence, and has become the number one communication tool in the world, with more than one billion televisions sold to date. September 6, 1952, was the official…

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Year after year... The donations to the MOEB

Year after year… The donations to the MOEB

The exhibition “Year after year… The donations to the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner” presents a selection of our best acquisitions: 150 objects given as donations by more than 50 different donors. More than one hundred different donors, over the last five years, have helped to create the collection of the Musée des ondes Emile…

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The Cylinder Dictating Machine

Discovering our collection: The Cylinder Dictating Machine

In 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, the world’s first apparatus for the recording and reproduction of sound. To make a recording, the user had to speak into a horn with a small diaphragm at the other end. The resulting sound waves caused variations in air pressure that, in turn caused the diaphragm to oscillate….

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Archambault collection

Discovering our Collection: Archambault, The Record Dealer

EDMOND ARCHAMBAULT Saint-Paul-L’Emite (Le Gardeur), 1872 – Montréal, 1947) After completing studies at the Collège de L’Assomption, Edmond Archambault moved to Montréal where the musical life was far more exciting. He became a piano teacher and the organist of the Church of Saint-Pierre-Apôtre. In 1896, with only $130.00, Edmond Archambault opened a counter to sell…

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Bakelite in the television age

Discovering our collection: Bakelite in the television age

The inventor, Leo Hendrik Baekeland Born in Gand, Belgium in 1863, Leo Baekeland obtained his doctorate in 1884 at the tender age of 21. Following a short career as a professor at the University of Bruges, the brilliant chemist immigrated to the New World and the United States. It was there that Baekeland was to…

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Nipper 100 years old

Happy birthday Nipper… an exhibition with a 100 year bite

Have you heard of Nipper? No! Well you are probably familiar with the picture of the Fox-Terrier listening transfixed, immobile, to a gramophone. The artist Barraud, painted him listening to "His Master’s Voice" using a gramophone, the State-of-the-Art in audio technology at the turn of the 20th century. While being famous as the RCA Victor…

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A Century of History of Audio and Broadcasting

A Century of History of Audio and Broadcasting

Few people know that Montreal was one of the hubs of the sound and recording industry in the last century, a great story to which the Musée des Ondes Emile Berliner invites us. Visit of an institution which conceals real treasures. Some may remember the dog Nipper, the one we saw listening to the voice…

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From gramophone to satellite

From gramophone to satellite

First exhibition at the Musée des Ondes Emile Berliner created in 1996. The virtual exhibition “From the gramophone to the satellite” presents the history of the creation of the Berliner Gram-O-Phone Co. in 1895, by the German Emile Berliner and of the development of this factory until its closure in 1978.

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