M14327 | Admission ticket to the inauguration by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, 1860

Admission ticket to the inauguration by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, 1860
1860, 19th century
Gift of Mrs. Allan W. Strong
© McCord Museum
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In 1860 HRH Prince Albert embarked on a royal tour of British North America and the United States. The entire population of Montreal seems to have been on alert for this visit. People gathered to see and be seen. Tailors and seamstresses were put to work. Photographers were ready. The press chronicled every step as the young prince moved between private dinners, public balls and public spectacles. Many middle-class women attended these public events made respectable by royal association. One of them was the inauguration of Montreal's Crystal Palace. This admission ticket was for an exhibition that showcased agricultural and industrial products from British North America. Another well-attended spectacle was a display of fireworks celebrating the completion of the Victoria Bridge.

  • What

    This ticket provided an opportunity to see and be seen at the opening of Montreal's Crystal Palace. The architect John Williams Hopkins designed this exhibition hall and museum.

  • Where

    The Crystal Palace was built in Montreal in 1860. In 1878 it was dismantled and moved to a site on Park Avenue and in 1896 it was destroyed by fire.

  • When

    The Board of Arts and Manufacture undertook the construction of the Crystal Palace in Montreal. It was completed in 1860.

  • Who

    The design was inspired by John Paxton's Crystal Palace, erected in London in 1851. London's Great Exhibition was a celebration of British art and industry.