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Museum of Civilization (Musee de la Civilisation), Quebec City

Museum of Civilization (Musee de la Civilisation), Quebec City (must see)

In the heart of the port district, not far from the shores of the St. Lawrence River and surrounded by historical buildings, the modern facade of the Museum of Civilization strikes out against its surroundings, but the structure as a whole is in line with the traditional style of Québec City – including the roof, windows and belltower. Designed by Moshe Safdie, the architect behind Montréal's revolutionary Habitat 67, the front of the museum is built into an incline, tucking the building away and adding a touch of nature, with a glass roof and greenery sprouting from along the sides. Inaugurated in 1988, the museum is dedicated to the history, present, and future of Québec civilization, as well as that of cultures from around the world, with themes such as humour, circus and song, for example, making for very lively displays.

Inside, the harmony with the surroundings continues with a large open lobby, full of glass and light, which provides a charming view of Maison Estèbe and features Astri Reusch's sculpture, "La débâcle", inspired by the springtime accumulation of ice in the St. Lawrence. The three-story building accommodates ten different exhibits simultaneously, three of which are permanent and rooted in the region's history. It's a very large expansive area, capable of holding hundreds and hundreds of people so you'll never feel cramped. Moreover, the on-site Creaform Lab is fabulous for the kids, who could spend hours learning robotics, basic programming, and electrical circuits.

Why You Should Visit:
There's something for everyone, regardless of age and specific interests. Many exhibits offer a "hands-on" experience.
Although you can take both English and French tours, you can also just walk through and visit on your own.
To find lovely streets with good shopping, it's as simple as exiting out the back.

Tip:
If you arrive at 4pm for the last hour, you can get in at HALF the price – but do note that to see the core exhibits you should give yourself at least 3 hours.
Alternatively, you can get a discount if you go to this museum and the Musée National des Beaux-Arts on the same day.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm

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Sight Name: Museum of Civilization (Musee de la Civilisation)
Sight Location: Quebec City, Canada
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Quebec City, Quebec

Create Your Own Walk in Quebec City

Create Your Own Walk in Quebec City

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Quebec City Introduction Walk

Quebec City Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Historic Houses Walking Tour

Historic Houses Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles