Société des musées du Québec

Summer 2020: Make Québec’s museums part of your trip!

NATHALIE LAMPRON, MUSEOLOGIST & WRITER

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Musée de la Gaspésie. CC BY-NC-SA / Photo : Mathieu Dupuis

Hitting the road this summer? Museums are the perfect companion on your vacation journey! They have so much to offer. A chance to reconnect with fun activities outside your home in complete safety. The joy of exploring unique places on your own, or with family and friends. Whether you’re venturing far afield or revisiting your own region’s best sites, try these summer getaways featuring Québec museums!

 

CHAUDIÈRE-APPALACHES, BAS-SAINT-LAURENT, GASPÉSIE  

Follow the river in art and words

Slow down and match your pace to the rhythm of the St. Lawrence tides. On the road between the Musée maritime du Québec and the Musée de la mémoire vivante, keep an eye out for eastern Québec’s exciting museums this summer.

How about letting Québec’s artists chart your course? What a wonderful way to plan your stops down the road! You can admire works by contemporary artists at the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Centre d’art de Kamouraska and The Reford Gardens.

Discover the heart and soul of the Gaspé region with the Gaspesian stories of resilience program at the Musée de la Gaspésie, featuring the personal stories of local residents. Then, explore the richness of Acadian culture and imagination at the Musée acadien du Québec in Bonaventure.

No tour is complete without a look at the wildlife inhabiting the river’s shores and estuary. So make time for Mysteries Beneath the Waves, an exhibit by Exploramer on northern gannets, those sentinels of the St. Lawrence. Don’t forget to check out—and even sample—some regional products from the sea!

Centre d'art de Kamouraska
Centre d'art de Kamouraska. CC BY-NC-SA / Photo : Véronique Drouin

SAGUENAY–LAC-SAINT-JEAN, CHARLEVOIX, CÔTE-NORD

So many tales to tell!

North of the St. Lawrence, on a point of land jutting out into Lac-Saint-Jean, discover the history of a people whose roots in the region go back thousands of years! The Pekuakamiulnuatsh nation is showcased in a new permanent exhibition at the Native Museum of Mashteuiatsh.

Not far away, in Alma, you can play detective for a day at L’Odyssée des Bâtisseurs theme park. Try to shed some light on the mysterious death of Abraham Gallop, on August 6, 1925, at Isle-Maligne, in the Lac-Saint-Jean region. Can you find the culprit?

At Musée de Charlevoix, people from the region express what’s important to them in a “feel-good” exhibition featuring their own contributions, and in another show where four Charlevoix residents give visitors a look at their personal collections.

At Tadoussac’s Marine Mammals Interpretation Centre, whale experts will discuss these amazing creatures with you, just steps from the Whale Route itself!

L'Odyssée des Bâtisseurs
L'Odyssée des Bâtisseurs. CC BY-NC-SA / Photo : Philippe Boily

MONTÉRÉGIE, ESTRIE, CENTRE-DU-QUÉBEC   

Start me up, family!

To the delight of adults and kids alike, many museum activities combine indoor tours and outdoor fun. At Exporail, view the impressive collection of trains with your family before heading outside for a ride on our miniature railway. At Pointe-du-Buisson, Musée québécois d’archéologie, the site’s history comes alive through archaeological finds! At Maison LePailleur, admire works of art inspired by local history and architecture and presented outside, just steps from the heritage home (tour reservation required). You can also enjoy a stroll through the domain’s centuries-old gardens.

Abracadabra! An exhibition on Québec magician Henri Bourassa, Le grand Henri, Legendary Magician, is the headliner at Beaulne Museum this summer. Be sure to visit the Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier to put your idea of comfort to the test with the exhibition Comfortable? Test Your Transport. In Drummondville, admire the extensive collection of cameras and images at the Musée national de la photographie. It might be the perfect opportunity to find new inspiration or a whole new hobby!

 

Musée de l'ingéniosité J. Armand Bombardier
Musée de l'ingéniosité J. Armand Bombardier. CC BY-NC-SA / Photo : Stéphane Lafrance

ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE, LAURENTIDES, LANAUDIÈRE, MAURICIE

The best of both worlds: Nature and culture 

Museums take us to another world, to times and places that are rarely seen or visited, to enjoy cultural experiences that engage our minds, hearts and bodies.

You’ll be entranced by the summer scents and vibrant colours of the gardens around the Rosalie-Cadron House and the Cuthbert Chapel. And while these sites abound in nature, they have plenty of art and history to fascinate as well!

Looking for something different? At La Cité de l’énergie, take a tour through the “stranger side of décor ” and learn a few secrets about the site and the development of Shawinigan and its region.

Art touches, challenges and captivates us. Lots of surprises await visitors to the new exhibitions at Île-des-Moulins in Terrebonne, Centre d’exposition de Val d’or, MA musée d’art in Rouyn-Noranda, Centre d’exposition de Mont-Laurier and Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides. See you there!

Centre d’exposition de Val-d’Or
Centre d’exposition de Val-d’Or. CC BY-NC-SA

On the road to your holidays, set your sights on a wide range of fun—such as only Québec’s museums can offer! 

 

In your getaway bag:

- Your ticket, booked in advance (when possible) by telephone or on the web.
- Your face covering, to help protect us all.

It’s always a good idea to check with the museums before you show up. Enjoy your visits!

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