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Musee de la Civilisation

85 Dalhousie | (At de la Barricade), Quebec City, Quebec G1K 7A6, Canada (Downtown Quebec City)
418-643-2158
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As featured in 3 days in Quebec City
Ranked #16 of 139 attractions in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This museum is characterized by its innovative and daring outlook. It defines itself as a seat of knowledge and ideas, a museum endowed with valuable... more » Owner description: This museum is characterized by its innovative and daring outlook. It defines itself as a seat of knowledge and ideas, a museum endowed with valuable collections, an education centre and a living memory. It is located in the region's capital, Quebec City, in the heart of an historic district and close to Place Royale.Schedule and Fees available on our Web Site « less
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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Beautiful museum: we saw a superb exhibit of contemporary Haitian art and also the animation show, which was terrific. One could easily spend 3 hours there.

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Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We visited two permanent exhibits to learn about Quebec: the Inuit and the history of Quebec. We took a free 1-hour guided tour of the latter; very interesting!

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Wilmington, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The museum was a block from our hotel, and our visit provided a great introduction to the history of Quebec. The museum had a special exhibit on animation that was quite good, and we enjoyed creating our own stop-motion cartoons. We spent another hour touring the history section but did not make it to all the parts of the museum.

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Swampscott, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

There is nothing about civilization there. I do not understand why this place ranked so high by all guide books. Main exhibition is about French in Quebec and it is more like propaganda piece then actual museum exhibition. I grew up in Soviet Union and can smell propaganda in my sleep. I was surprise to see so much venom toward... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The exhibits were underwhelming and poorly laid out. The Greece exhibit was mostly reproductions with only bare, basic info available. There was not central exhibit except a large foot off a large statue. The exhibits focused on the phallic and hedonistic part of the culture and little on the achievements of this great ancient civilization. The Haiti exhibit focused on... More

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North Stonington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went here for a couple of hours on a rainy day. It had the history of Quebec and a special exhibit on Greek Gods and goddesses. Most of the museum is translated in English and the Gods of Mythology had headphones we could wear. The museum is located in the lower town area.

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Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Remember, first that there is a public gift shop here with unique items and also a public restaurant open for lunch at least. The Canadian history part is the main thing to see. Informative 45 to 60 minutes. They had temporary exhibits of art from Haiti - quite gruesome -don't bring kids there. The Inuit exhibit was good however. Obviously... More

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Valley Forge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We have seen exceptional excitations, not available at many other north American locations. We have usually visited twice per stay in Quebec.

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Greenbelt, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Admission is a little expensive: 15 CAN$ can get you inside museums which are a lifetime "must see" and worth the trip all by themselves (think Prado, Louvre, Hermitage, …). This one is an interesting and worthwhile side trip, but not destination. Yet, on a rainy day it offers a worthwhile introduction to the history of Quebec and to the... More

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Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We spent several enjoyable hours here during a rainy time of our day. I felt the $15pp was well worth it. The displays are thoughtfully laid out. We went in expecting a history lesson and displays related to Quebec, but learned and experienced much more! We were in awe of the Masters of Olympus exhibit. The Haitian display was very... More

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