Museums and Galleries Walking Tour (Self Guided), Quebec City

Quebec City has been considered the fortress capital of New France since the 16th century. It has a remarkable history, being first settled by Europeans in 1608. In 2008 they celebrated its 400th anniversary. Considering its history, it has many interesting museums worth visiting. This guide highlights the city’s most famous museums and galleries.
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Museums and Galleries Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Walking Tour
Guide Location: Canada » Quebec City (See other walking tours in Quebec City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: susan
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Musee Bon-Pasteur
  • Musée de l'Amérique Francophone
  • Au Royaume du Pere Noel
  • Musee des Ursulines de Quebec
  • Centre Marie de l'Incarnation
  • Musée du Fort
  • Chevalier House (Maison Chevalier)
  • Centre d'Interpretation de la Vie Urbaine de la Ville de Quebec
  • Musée de la Civilisation
  • Musee Naval de Quebec
Musee Bon-Pasteur

1) Musee Bon-Pasteur

This is a three floor museum with exhibits related to the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec, telling the story of marginalized women and abandoned children of the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum contains objects considered to be treasures of Catholic worship, used much earlier for religious ceremonies. Various other artifacts have been added to this collection over the years.
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Musée de l'Amérique Francophone

2) Musée de l'Amérique Francophone (must see)

This historical museum is the oldest in Canada and has its roots in European educational and religious traditions. It is part of the Séminaire de Québec site and was founded by Monseigneur de Laval in 1663. The first collection of scientific instruments for educational purposes, dating back to 1806, and other numerous collections can be found here. The exhibits revolve around the history of the French people in North America, bearing witness to the strength and determination of millions of people.

Why You Should Visit:
To learn about French cultures' importance in North America - not just the French colonization in Quebec, but also French explorations and influence in western Canada & the U.S.
Labels are in French and English, with many short audio presentations in both languages. They offer some tours in English to some 'behind-the-scenes' areas not open to the public.

Be sure to use the headphones and listen to the speeches in each section – they're usually about 1 minute each.
If you can take the guided tour your experience will be much more rewarding.

Opening Hours:
Sat, Sun: 10am-5pm
Au Royaume du Pere Noel

3) Au Royaume du Pere Noel

This 1600 square foot interactive exhibition is the largest permanent Christmas exhibition in the world. It is like a Christmas village with all imaginable kinds of decorations and gifts. The exhibition sells the usual kinds of Christmas gifts, as well as unique and exclusive items for this festive time. The Christopher Radko objects and glass ornaments from Egypt are only a couple of examples of the museum’s special merchandise.
Hours: Summer - Daily: 8:00 to 23:00; Winter - Daily: 10:00 to 17:30
Musee des Ursulines de Quebec

4) Musee des Ursulines de Quebec

The name of the museum comes from a group of consecrated women called the Company of Saint Ursula, from 1535. The museum contains unique archives telling of their spiritual heritage over the three centuries they have been active. The collection consists of over 200 volumes, moving images and cartographic material.
Hours: High season (May to September), Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Low season (October to April), Tuesday to Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Centre Marie de l'Incarnation

5) Centre Marie de l'Incarnation

Blessed Marie de l'Incarnation founded the community of Ursuline nuns of Quebec and opened the first girls' school in North America. This museum is dedicated to her missionary works and life (1599-1672). A permanent collection of memoirs, rosary beads, portraits and the belongings of Mother Mary of the Incarnation are found here. Visitors also have the opportunity to pray in the chapel at her tomb and purchase books at the shop.
Musée du Fort

6) Musée du Fort (must see)

This museum uses the latest technology and a spectacular 36 m² (43 sq. yards) model to recreate the military history of Quebec City as it was in 1759, including the battle on the Plains of Abraham. Three permanent exhibits of weapons, military insignia and uniforms were added in 2005. This special museum exhibits history like no other. It is situated in Old Quebec, in front of Château Frontenac.

Why You Should Visit:
Filled with passion for storytelling, the daily shows as well as the information about the museum itself is extremely intriguing.
Quebec does not have much of a military history, but this presentation sure tries to make it exciting!
Included in (the very fair) admission is a discount coupon to Le Chic Shack as well as a number of other attractions.

The show is given in French and English, so make sure that you go to the right one. In English on the hour and in French on the half hour, but doublecheck.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am–5pm (May-Oct); 11am-4pm (Nov-Apr)
Chevalier House (Maison Chevalier)

7) Chevalier House (Maison Chevalier)

This house was first built in 1754 as home to Jean-Baptiste Chevalier from three other structures: Chesnay House, Frérot House and Chevalier House. In 1959 it was restored as a museum, representing the great architecture and decor of the 18th and 19th centuries, with high chimneys and firewalls. The museum offers interesting exhibitions of Old Quebec, including Secrets and Anecdotes, as well as audio tours.
Centre d'Interpretation de la Vie Urbaine de la Ville de Quebec

8) Centre d'Interpretation de la Vie Urbaine de la Ville de Quebec

This interpretation center was built in 1752 to show appreciation and understanding of the urban life of Quebec City. The thematic exhibitions will take you back to the city’s old times. It also offers educational programs and discovery circuits. This is one of the best opportunities to visit the town’s past.
Musée de la Civilisation

9) Musée de la Civilisation (must see)

A museum where the building itself is an attraction, Musée de la Civilisation is a mix of modern architectural design that has been built upon remnants of the pre-existing building it was built on. At the same time, it offers several thematic temporary and permanent exhibitions both for adults and for children. One of the exhibits, Le Temps des Quebecois, details the past and present of the Quebec people and offers great insight into the history of the city. The museum covers lots of different other topics, such as women in history, pets, computers, wildlife, the Industrial Revolution and much more. It is a very large expansive area, capable of holding hundreds and hundreds of people so you never feel cramped. Moreover, the on-site Creaform Lab is fabulous for the kids. Robotics, basic programming, and introduction to electrical circuits – they could spend hours there.

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.

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.
To find lovely streets with good shopping, consider exiting out the back.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm
Musee Naval de Quebec

10) Musee Naval de Quebec

You can find the museum at the top of the wharf. It allows visitors to navigate through stories and the history of a city. Here you can hear stories of Quebec's naval veterans. The museum also offers a virtual exhibition on Pirates and Privateers. The boarding program on St. Lawrence is designed to be used as part of educational programs for students. It gives links to the virtual exhibition, competencies and knowledge.

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