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--October 3, 2019.

The Merry House is extremely proud to be awarded the 2019 Excellence Award from the Société des musées du Québec (SMQ). The Merry House received this award for the safeguard and restoration project of its heritage building, ranking among the category 1 projects ($ 2 million and more).

The SMQ Awards are designed to recognize, stimulate and reward the excellence of museum practice in Quebec. They display projects that significantly contribute to the advancement of museology in Quebec. It goes without saying that the Merry House’s team and the City of Magog are honored to now be part of this history, alongside the great museums of the province!

2018 winner: Pointe-à-Callière
2017 winner: Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier
2016 winner: Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
2015 winner: Canadian Museum of History
2014 winner: Musée de la civilisation

The Merry House heritage project, initiated by the City of Magog, succeeds by the ingenuity of its exhibitions, the dynamism of its programming and the quality of its restoration. The unique collaboration between the City of Magog and the Merry House Corporation, as well as citizen involvement, impressed the jury, composed of peers from the museum community.

Open to the public since July 2018, the Merry House is a citizen site of memory where the history of Magog and its region is showcased through exhibitions and dynamic activities. The Merry House and the City of Magog wish to highlight the contribution of the following firms in the realization of this project: Espace vital / Patrick Morand, architects, Construction GCP, Lupien-Matteau, Diane Bernier Design, Sans Cravate, Museoconseil, as well as the Magog’s Historical Society.

About the SMQ Awards The recipients of the "SMQ Excellence Awards" are institutions whose project distinguished itself the most during the year. Projects submitted may be related to one or more museum functions such as management, diffusion, education, collection management, research and knowledge development. It must also surpass the standards of museum practice for both its content and form, as well as to show a spirit of initiative, innovation and creativity.

About the Merry House The Merry House is a citizen site of memory that present Magog’s history and that of the region from the time of the Indigenous peoples and the American settlers, up to today. Property of the City of Magog, the oldest house in urban Magog is managed by the Corporation de la maison Merry. Its mandate is to develop and promote the new citizen site of memory for the benefit Magog’s residents and visitors, through various fun and interactive exhibitions and activities.