Société des musées du Québec

Summertime in Québec's Museums: a Refreshing Experience!

Nathalie Lampron, museologist & writer

Centre d’interprétation des mammifères marins, Cours de chants de baleines / Photo : GREMM

Along the route of summertime delights, museums add a refreshing breeze with their wide range of exhibitions and stimulating activities. Ready your senses as you journey through different worlds and listen to new voices: memorable experiences await you!

Throughout Québec, museums have prepared a vibrant program. Here are few avenues to map out thrilling tours.

Resounding propositions

In  the Côte-Nord region, on the St. Lawrence shore and its invigorating air, take a whale-singing course at the Marine Mammal Interpretation Center. An unusual way to grow familiar with the soundscape of these giants of the sea! At the Musée de l’accordéon in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, come enjoy the soothing melodies of this musical instrument, which has long captivated audiences around the world. As history shows, the accordion has made many a Quebec family dance!  At Musée d’art de Joliette in Lanaudière, visit the exhibition Dissolving your ear plugs and discover a unique listening experience. Works by 22 artists invite you to feel the transformative power of listening with the whole body. 

Set your eyes on different worlds 

Stare in amazement as you explore the astounding features of life forms that dwell in the depths of the St. Lawrence. At Exploramer, in Gaspésie, the interactive exhibition Exceptional Beings: When Science Rivals Fiction reveals fascinating underwater mysteries! In the Estrie region, the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke shines a light on the pioneer women of the Eastern Townships in the exhibition What would we be?.  Contemplate the colourful, pop-art inspired portraits of painter and collagist Adèle Blais, who foregrounds  inspiring women who have all too often been forgotten.

Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke
Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, Adèle Blais, Eva Tanguay, 2023, techniques mixtes, 37 x 47 pouces / Photo : Courtoisie - Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke

History in whispers and pauses 

In Quebec City, at the Pôle culturel du Monastère des Ursulines, listen closely to the words, songs and pauses of the nuns as they share their memories of the chapel and their attachment to the place. The Échos du chœur audio tour encourages visitors to learn more about the site's rich heritage. In the exhibition Rasanblaj, presented at Centre d’exposition L'Imagier in the Outaouais region, the artist Michaëlle Sergile intimately revisits history to ensure it is not forgotten. Open your ears to the otherwise silent voices recalling certain experiences in Haiti under the Duvalier regime. 

Art, history and stories of life 

At the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, explore Social Fabrics, an exhibition about textile arts in which heritage and reinvention come together in a vibrant encounter! The presentation combines the work of contemporary artists and the know-how of traditional craftswomen who are members of the Cercles de Fermières du Québec. In Montreal, Lyse Charland Favretti's stained glass works light up the halls of the Musée des métiers d’art du Québec. Retrace the career and admire the practice of this glass artist, who has created major works for nearly thirty public buildings. In the exhibition Récits du vivant, presented at the Centre culturel Yvonne L. Bombardier in the Eastern Townships, three artists tell their respective stories about life. Come and see how Brigitte Dahan, Onira Lussier and Marie-Eve Martel examine their experience and perception of life systems in all their force and fragility. 

MUMAQ | Musée des métiers d'art du Québec
MUMAQ | Musée des métiers d'art du Québec, Exposition Lyse Charland Favretti : Souffle de lumières / Photo : MUMAQ

On the lookout for more thrills?

Step into a world without bounds in the Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean region! La Pulperie de Chicoutimi presents La Fabuleuse Histoire d’un Royaume s’expose!, a behind-the-scenes look at this grandiose show, which has been presented in the region for over 35 years. At the Musée POP in the Mauricie region, kids leap into action in the exhibition-adventure Superheroes' DNA. Their mission? To help a scientist concoct an antidote to save the city from a wicked squirrel. The perfect formula to awaken the senses and stimulate your kid's self esteem! 

Musée POP
Musée POP, Expo-aventure jeunesse L'ADN des superhéros / Photo : Samuel Cyr

This summer, come on your own, between adults or as a family to fully enjoy the exhilarating museum activities on offer. Quebec's museums await you with open arms. Let a wind of discoveries carry you away!