Quebec City Museums

Monumental Staircase

Monumental Staircase, Pierre Lassonde Pavillion

Pierre Lassonde Pavillion. Musee National des Beaux-Arts

The Pierre Lassonde Pavillion opened in June. It hosted 100,000 visitors in its first six weeks. It is the fourth building of the Musee National des Beaux Arts. The Lasonde Pavillion, itself a work of art, is dedicated to contemporary pieces.

Musee de la Civilisation

Located in Old Quebec the Museum of Civilization offers exhibits focusing on the human experience, ranging from ancient civilization to modern socioeconomic movements. When I visited this summer there was major exhibit about cats and dogs. A very family-friendly museum with lots of hands-on attractions.

Musee de divilisation

Augustinian Monastery

This includes a museum, restaurant and hotel. All are dedicated to the values of the Augustinian sisters who founded a hospital on this site in the 17th century. Healthcare in the theme of the museum. the restaurant menu is based on healthy foods and the hotel is positioned as a place to retreat into comfort and simplicity.

Augustinian MonasteryAugustinian Monastary


Musee de la Place-Royale

Located on the Place-Royale where Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain. It’s exhibits cover the history of New France and of Place-Royale, the first French outpost in North America.

A Rebrousse-Temp

A Rebrousse-Temp, Giles Girard

Fortifications of Quebec

Quebec City’s defense system, dating back to the 17th century. The photos below are from the Fort de Saint-Louis. The fortifications also include the Citadel and Artillery Park.

The Ice House

The Ice House

Hearth and Oven

Hearth and Oven

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11 Responses to Quebec City Museums

  1. Wow, what a beautiful staircase at Pierre Lassonde Pavillion! It looks like a fun place to visit.


  2. Donna Janke says:

    What a lovely collection of museums. More incentive for me to get back to Quebec City.


  3. Phoenicia says:

    Wow – the monumental staircase is a true work of art.

    I would feel claustrophobic inside that cave. Just looking at the photograph made me feel a little queasy. I do not like narrow spaces or low ceilings.

    Thank you for sharing.


  4. Thanks for the great overview of Quebec city museums. I’d be most inclined to visit the Augustinian Monastery I think.


  5. Really great overview of this city. I love museums, even if it consists of art of time frame of a history I am not curious about. Just the fact it is there, displaying talent or information excites me to want to visit it.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.


  6. Erica says:

    The Musee de la Civilation sounds interesting to me. I like museums that really explore how people lived in different time periods. That is cute that there is a cat and dog exhibit. I’m sure that is popular as people really love their pets. It is interesting how we are wired to find such companionship with animals.


  7. heraldmarty says:

    I do enjoy museums and these photographs are wonderful Ken. That staircase is amazing and I’d love to visit the Augustinian Monastery. I’ve wanted to revisit Quebec for some time, hopefully, next year.


  8. susht says:

    Wow lovely place to visit, the staircase snap was one of the best. It was a great overview you provided. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Andy says:

    Just out of curiosity, were there in any of the museums you visited any tributes to the Indians who also went down to defeat in the French and Indian War(s)?


    • Ken Dowell says:

      There was a large exhibit of Innuit art at the art museum and, as shown above, a teepee at the Musee de Place-Royale. But for the most part, like here, they treat history as starting when the Europeans arrived.


  10. great post! I used to love going to art and science museums when I was in UK and HK. The Musee de la Civilisation looks like a lot of fun!

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