4. Écomusée du Fier Monde

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In the past, public baths were quite popular in working class neighborhoods of Montreal, as many people did not have access to running water inside their houses. Some of these baths are still used as pools, while others have been transformed to fill other purposes. For example, the Bain Généreux now houses the Ecomusee du Fier Monde, a museum dedicated to the history of the Centre-Sud district, an area of Montreal that was marked by an important industrial boom in the early 20th century. After many of the factories closed, poverty became rampant and the area earned a bad reputation but the museum aims to celebrate the strong sense of community that remains here.