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Arts & Museums
Centre d'art Maison Blanchette was originally a house from the 19th Century. This house has since then played different roles from being a grocery store to being operated as a hotel. Currently, it is a place where drawing and painting is taught. It also houses a gallery called La Galerie d'art du Trace, a place inside the house where one can appreciate several works of arts.
The history of the Musée de géologie René-Bureau can be traced to the early 19th Century, when the 400-odd specimens by mineralogist, René Just Haüy, was found in the archives at Séminaire de Québec. From 1852 onwards, professors from Université Laval contributed towards expanding the collection, which increased to boast around 15,000 specimens by the 1960s. In 1962 when the Pavillon Adrien-Pouliot was established, the museum found a new home at the Université Laval. The museum houses over 40,000 specimens of minerals, fossils and rocks from around the globe. Guided tours of the museum are provided; call ahead for further information.
The 20,000 works at Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec range from the traditional landscape paintings of Cornelius Krieghoff to the controversial abstraction of Paul-Émile Borduas and the avant-garde sculptures of Serge Tousignant. Non-Quebec artist Arthur Lismer's lovely St-Hilarion is one of the Museum's prized possessions. A huge slate of activities awaits art, music and cinema lovers. The museum hosts numerous events and exhibits throughout the year, so call ahead for more information.
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.
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.
La Citadel de Québec, also known as the Citadelle of Quebec, is a fortress that stands as a prominent attraction with much historical relevance. Built between 1820 and 1850 by the French engineer Vauban, this star-shaped structure has Norman and French influences. The fort houses the Royal 22e Regiment, the French regiment of native forces that is a popular attraction today. It is also the official abode to the Governor General of Canada. There are buildings inside the citadel that have an array of collections and memorabilia from uniforms, photographs to drawings, weapons, documents and so on. You can also find here military prisons, magazines, museums and more exhibiting the history of this national site. Catch the grim beef-eaters do their majestic parade in the Guard ceremony held every morning. A must visit!
Parloir Marie-de-l'Incarnation is a site that celebrates the works and achievements of the eponymous nun. Born as Marie Guyart in France, she joined the Ursuline Order in 1631 and a few years later relocated to Canada, to establish the Catholic community there. Marie-de-l'Incarnation pioneered the establishment of the Ursuline Convent in Quebec City and is viewed as one of the founders of Canada. The Parloir Marie-de-l'Incarnation opened its doors in 2011, exhibiting works of this saint as well as recounting her life and experiences. Scheduling an appointment before your visit is highly recommended.
Galerie d'art du Château Frontenac is well-known for the best in contemporary art by Quebec artists. This gallery has been offering services for the last eighteen years now. The gallery exhibits the works of upcoming artists as well as those created by famous artists who passed away. Whether you're looking for something to adorn your home or simply adding to your prized collection, you're sure to find something suitable.
Le Cercle is undeniably the best when it comes to hosting art events, for it does so with taste and panache. Primarily an eat, drink and entertainment space; it also aids in promoting art through its galleries. Apart from this, the venue hosts concerts and presents upcoming and local musicians alike who fill the air with intoxicating tunes. Hence, an evening here is full of revelry. The restaurant serves delectable contemporary dishes and complements them with a list of well stocked spirits. A complete entertainer, Le Cercle is to be visited only if you seek a great time out with family or friends.
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.
This small store in Quebec's Quartier Petit Champlain, is dedicated to showcasing marvelous creations by local sculptor Alain Flamand. Flamand, known for his detailed carvings of wood, has been delighting clients with beautiful wood-carved figurines for over 30 years. Each piece, handcrafted by Alain Flamand himself, has drawn inspirations from various sources: folklore, nature, wildlife, humans and others, but Quebec is the common theme running through all the sculptures.
La Masion Louis-Jolliet is the house of Louis-Jolliet who was the first European explorer to discover the Mississippi River. He lived here during his last years of his life. Today his house serves as the lower terminal of the Funiculaire du Vieux Quebec. The house reflects the adventures of Louis-Jolliet and his fellow explorers.