As a UNESCO World Heritage site, it should be no surprise that Quebec City museums (musées) are some of the best in Canada, and feature everything from Quebec history, art, religion, and more. While some museums can be quite expensive to visit, the museums in Quebec are reasonably priced.

Vieux Quebec

Musée de l’Amerique Francophone2, Côte de la Fabrique • www.mcq.org • The oldest museum in Canada, and located beside Basilica Notre-Dame de Québec, Musée de l’Amerique Francophone is housed in a building that is part of University of Laval, which was founded by Monseigneur de Laval in 1663.  This museum features exhibits on the migrations of francophones in America, including information on the Acadians and Métis. A visit to this museum gives one a better understanding of the francophone culture and a hint as to why Quebeckers fight so hard to retain it. In summer (June 23rd to Sept 1st) the museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. and in winter it’s open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Admission (without the three museum package): $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65+, $5.50 for students 18+, $1 for children 13-17, FREE for children 12 and under.

*From November 1st to March 31st the museum is FREE on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and in January and February the museum is FREE every Saturday.

Musée du Royal 22e Régiment1, Côte de la Citadellewww.lacitadelle.qc.ca • Located in the citadelle, an active military base in Québec, entrance to the musée du Royal 22e Régiment is part of your ticket/tour purchase for the Citadelle. The Royal 22e Régiment is the ONLY French-speaking infantry regiment in the Canadian Forces. The museum highlights the history of the regiment from 1914 to the war in Afghanistan. From May to October the museum and Citadelle are open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm November to April.

Admission: $16 for adults, $13 for Seniors 65+, $13 for students 18+, $6 for children 13-17, FREE for children 6 and under.

*Veterans and retired or active Canadian Forces members receive free admission for themselves and two family members accompanying them (CF ID required).

Musée du Fort • 10, rue Sainte-Anne www.museedufort.comLocated above Le Chic Shack, near Chateau Frontenac, Musée du Fort focuses on the military history of Québec and features a unique sound and light show – don’t miss the 400 sq ft model of Québec and outlying areas as it was in 1750! In summer (March 31st – November 2nd) the museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and from November 3rd to 30th it is open Thursday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Admission: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65+, $6 for students, FREE for children 12 and under.

Musée Bon-Pasteur14, rue Couillard •  www.museebonpasteur.com • Practically hidden down the quiet street of rue Couillard, Musée Bon-Pasteur, which spans over three floors, focuses on the history of the Good Shepard Sisters (who came to Québec in the 19th century), as well as the marginalization of women and abandoned children in the 19th and 20th century. The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Admission: $3 for Adults, $2 for seniors 65+, $2 for students, FREE for children 12 and under.

Musée des Ursulines de Québec12, rue Donnaconawww.museedesursulines.com • There is a debate as to who stepped foot in New France first, the Ursulines or the Augustines (they arrived on the same ship in the 1630s), not that it was a competition. While the Augustines focused on healthcare, the Ursulines were focused on education. The Musée des Ursulines de Québec focuses on the 375 years of the order’s history in Québec, and is an important stop for anyone who wishes to understand the history of Québec and the role of the sisters – ask them about Montcalm’s skull and why it was removed! In summer (May to September) the museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m., and from October to April it’s open Tuesdays to Sundays 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Admission: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students 18+, $4 for children 13-17, FREE for children 12 and under.

Petit-Champlain & Place Royale

Musée Place Royale27, rue Notre-Damewww.mcq.org • Located on the site of the first permanent French settlement in North America by Samuel de Champlain in 1608, Musée Place Royale features exhibits on Samuel de Champlain, the culture of trading furs and other goods, and the history of Place Royale – which was once the waterfront area of Québec. In summer (June 23rd to Sept 1st) the museum is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 p.m. and in winter it’s open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Admission (without the three museum package): $7 for adults, $6 for seniors 65+, $5 for students 18+, $1 for children 13-17, FREE for children 12 and under.

*From November 1st to March 31st the museum is FREE on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and in January and February the museum is FREE every Saturday.

Vieux Port

Musée de la Civilisation85, rue Dalhousie • www.mcq.org • Learn about the history of New France, the Native People, and the People of Québec today. View visiting exhibits from around the world. Take a guided tour or workshop. Musée de la Civilisation is a ‘must-visit’ for families and history-lovers. In summer (June 23rd to Sept 1st) the museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 p.m. and in winter it’s open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Admission (without the three museum package): $15 for adults, $14 for seniors 65+, $10 for students 18+, $1 for children 13-17, FREE for Children 12 and under.

*From November 1st to March 31st the museum is FREE on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and in January and February the museum is FREE every Saturday.

Musée Naval de Québec170, rue Dalhousie • www.navalmuseumofquebec.com • This museums chronicles the naval history of the St. Lawrence, and the Naval Reserve of Canada, and has thousands of artefacts on display. A fun way to spend some time while exploring Vieux-Port, the museum is FREE of charge and open Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm from June 12th to August 31st.

Grande-Allée & Montcalm

Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec • National Battlefields Park • www.mnbaq.org • The Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec consists of three pavilions: Gérad Morisset (the original museum, circa 1933), Central (built in 1991), and the Charles Baillairgé (an old prison, circa 1867). The museum features the art of Québec artists and houses over 37,000 works. In summer (June 1st to September 1st) the museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. In winter the museum is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Admission: $18 for adults 31-64, $16 seniors 65+, $10 for adults 18-30, $1 for children 12-17, FREE for children under 12.

*On Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m to 9:00 pm admission is half price.

Saint-Jean-Baptiste

Érico, Musée du Chocolat634, rue Saint-Jean • www.ericochocolatier.com • This little museum is adjacent the Érico’s chocolate shop and highlights this history of chocolate making – including a window that peeks into the back room where staff are busy making chocolates. While the museum itself it FREE of charge, it’s unlikely that you will be able to leave without buying some chocolates or trying one of his chocolat chaud creations – he serves one of the BEST chocolat chauds in Québec! The museum (and chocolate shop) are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday 10:30 am to 6:00 pm, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 pm to 9:00 pm, and Sundays 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Three Museum Package: If you love visiting museums when exploring a new city, then buying the three-museum package is a fabulous deal as it gives you access to Musée de la Civilisation, Musée de l’Amerique Francophone, and Place Royale.

The three museum package price is $23 for adults, $21 for seniors 65+, $15.50 for students 13-17, $3 for children 13-17, and FREE for children 12 and under.

 

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