Desjardins partenaire de l’exposition de Louis Cyr

The Maison Louis-Cyr: a unique experience where all you need are curiosity and a desire to discover new things!

As soon as you step into the Maison Louis-Cyr, you'll be immersed in the world of the famous strongman through the authentic decor of the period rooms. The tour is divided into three distinct parts to illustrate various aspects of his life. The first part is titled A Strongman and his Era (Un homme fort et son époque), where you can learn about Louis Cyr’s life from 1860 to 1910. The second part is titled An Idolized Hero (Un héros consacré et adulé). This includes a demonstration and talks area. The third part of the visit covers the legacy that Louis Cyr has left to the people of Quebec

You can visit and appreciate the Maison Louis-Cyr with or without a guide.

  • Visiting alone, with family or in a small group? An unguided tour will meet your needs.
  • Planning to visit with a group of 10 or more? Call us to book your guided tour. To accommodate larger groups, we have a parking area large enough for buses.

We also welcome school groups. Contact us for details about our enriched educational program, specially adapted to the learning of Grade 2 and Grade 3 pupils, including teaching activities, workshops, and narrative and interactive modules.

Become a member of the Maison Louis-Cyr and enjoy unlimited annual access!

There is so much to learn about this man who played such a significant part in the history of Quebec. Come and discover for yourself!

See our schedule and rates for the Maison’s opening hours and admission fees.


Discover the beauty of the Saint-Jean-de-Matha area. Bring a picnic! And don’t forget to visit the souvenir shop and pick up a great souvenir!

Look at the permanent exhibition's picture gallery


ACTIVITÉ - Circuit ludique et patrimonial

from 01 August 2015 to 25 June 2020

Essayez notre tout nouveau parcours ludique et patrimonial qui vous permettra de découvrir le village d’adoption de Louis Cyr tel qu’il était au début du 20e siècle.

Demandez votre carte à l’accueil de la Maison Louis-Cyr et, en suivant le parcours indiqué, rendez-vous à chacun des bâtiments proposés tous situés au coeur du village de Saint-Jean-de-Matha. Par observation, vous devrez ensuite associer chaque bâtiment à l’une des photos d’époque et valider vos réponses à votre retour.

Merci à la MRC de Matawinie pour son appui à la réalisation de ce circuit.

Une façon agréable d’en apprendre davantage sur le village de Saint-Jean-de-Matha, de Louis Cyr et de son époque! Ouvert à toute la famille.



Main exposition

from 03 July 2014 to 25 June 2020

For anyone fascinated by history, culture and heritage!

Did you know that Louis Cyr managed a circus of 136 people, travelled throughout the United States, visited England and was one of the richest men of his time? These and many other facts are revealed in the permanent exhibition dedicated to his life, travels and fabulous feats.

The most beautiful part of this historic site is the house itself, which Louis Cyr built and lived in with his family. The New England style home has been completely restored to its original condition and offers the perfect setting to introduce this larger-than-life character. The extension that was destroyed over the years has been rebuilt according to the plans of the time, to accommodate this modern museum.

The permanent exhibition tells Louis Cyr’s story through numerous artifacts, including many of his personal possessions. The exhibition is authentic and down to earth, but also reflects the flamboyant nature of “The Canadian Samson.” He was the greatest of the great, the King of a new-style circus, a hero idolized by millions and one of the richest men of his time.

How do you measure up to the famous colossus?

This new place of discovery offers a redesigned, interactive exhibition that was previously housed in the old Museum. The period setting transports you back to the world of 19th century circuses in all their vivid colours. A special section includes interactive games through which you can measure your own strength and physique against those of Louis Cyr, or test your knowledge about the legendary strongman.

You can visit our main exhibition featuring the world’s strongest man at any time during the Maison Louis-Cyr’s opening hours.

Look at the permanent exhibition’s picture gallery