Museum of Civilization plays host to a wide variety of locally and internationally themed exhibitions. In a building that effortlessly combines ancient colonial architecture with ultramodern additions, visitors feast on bilingual exhibitions ranging from Xi'an, Eternal Capital, a multimedia exploration of the ancient Chinese city, to Encounter with the First Nations, which focuses on Quebec's Native Peoples. Guided tours are also available.
The beautiful Museum of French America (Le Musée de l'Amérique française) offers many multidisciplinary insights into the history of North America's French communities. There are two permanent exhibits: The Settling of French America is a multimedia trip from France to the colonies, while The History of the Collections Séminaire de Québec boasts an unmatched assortment of religious art and scientific instruments. Guided tours are available in both French and English.
Les Artisans du vitrail is a welcoming place where artisans are busy working on their masterpieces on stained glass. While taking a tour, visitors come to understand how intricate pieces of stained glass art are created. The museum also educates visitors about the history of art of stained glass. Here, artisans are involved in restoring old stained glass work as well creating new masterpieces like lampshades, doors, and other articles. Visitors can buy products such as glasswares, frames, candles etc as a token of remembrance from here as well.
Located within the Citadelle de Québec, Le Musée Royal 22e Régiment takes visitors on a journey into the military history of Quebec, highlighting the contributions and achievements of the 22e Régiment. Established by the members of the 22e Régiment, the museum opened its doors in 1950. The documents and artifacts exhibited here, shed deeper insight into the battles that the city has witnessed and the importance of this magnificent fortress. Tours around Le Musée Royal 22e Régiment will take you into 300 years of glorious history.
This popular museum presents Quebec's military history in a flashy half-hour show centered around an enormous and meticulously-researched scale model of the city. The displays document the many battles and sieges, involving at various points the British, French and Americans. The presentation intrigues children and adults alike. Located across the street from the Château Frontenac, this is an essential stop on any historically-inclined tour of Quebec. The presentation is given in both French and English. Call ahead for varying dates.
This charming museum chronicles the arrival and work of the Ursuline nuns in Quebec. Arriving in New France in 1639, the Ursulines sought to spread their religious message to the Natives, and pioneered education for girls in Canada. Ursulines Museum houses an impressive selection of religious art, including embroideries and sculpture. Rooms have been restored to their spartan 17th-century decorations in order to give visitors an idea of the lifestyle led by these women missionaries of frontier times. The Ursuline Chapel is located next door.
Henry-Stuart House is named after its prior owners. This beautiful house symbolises the early British architectural style and appears as a jewel amidst the urban Quebec city. The house has a unique square roof and a beautiful welcoming British style garden. Inside the house, the accessories and styling of the Stuart family is kept intact. Guided tours are arranged from June to September. Tea and lemon cakes are served at the end of the tour.
L'Îlot des Palais are two palaces from the 14th Century which are now an archaeological museum, in Quebec City. The two palaces are over 300 years old and during olden times served as the administrative office of New- France. It also houses prison cells and stores from that era. A trip to this museum is a unique experience for the whole family. The tour includes almost real archaeological digs, games and treasure hunts. It's a great way for kids and adults to learn about the history of these colonies, interactively.
The Morrin Centre is a vibrant cultural center in the heart of Quebec City. The 1808 building it occupies was the first prison of the city and restores its historic charm. Take a guided tour of the establishment through jail cells and intriguing exhibitions, as well as the library for a glimpse of 19th-century imprisonment practices. Administered by the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec, it commemorates speakers of the English language and their contribution to Canadian culture. The center also rents out spaces for private and social events.