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“A surprisingly brilliant hidden gem” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of French America (Musee de l'Amerique Francaise)

Museum of French America (Musee de l'Amerique Francaise)
2 Cote de la Fabrique | (At Ste-Famille), Quebec City, Quebec G1R 3V6, Canada (Downtown Quebec City)
1 866 710-8031
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Ranked #49 of 119 Attractions in Quebec City
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The Musée de l'Amérique francaise, the oldest museum in Canada, has its roots in European religious and educational traditions. Located in a building that is part of the Séminaire de Québec site, founded by Monseigneur de Laval in 1663, it is a witness and herald of a colourful past, worthy of the world's greatest epics.
Oxford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A surprisingly brilliant hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This museum is not well advertised to make the most of what it is. The first time we saw it, we thought it was the last place we go, not being French speakers. However, when the Musee de la Civilisation was mostly closed and gave us free entry, we decided to give it a try as it would at least kill some of the time we had planned to spend in there. But we were so glad we did!

The exhibitions were brilliantly put together and organised (one of the only 2 small things that stopped it getting a 5/5 was the lack of guidance through the whole thing - where best to start each floor? Which floor to start on?)

The experience was fascinating and left us with a much better sense of who the Canadians are and where they come from - and the history of the land that we had no idea about.

We spent much more time here than we anticipated, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to understand the French-speaking peoples of the continent and how they developed over time.

The other thing that stopped it getting a 5/5 was the lack of headphones - some of the stories only had 2 with English commentary, and as there were 3 of us, it did cause problems at times.

Visited September 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Interesting but sparse”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

This museum I would say is halfway between a museum and an art exhibition. If that sounds like fun to you then check this out for sure. I got my admission as part of the package deal with the Civilization Museum. I found the museum to be informative and entertaining. There are a lot of multimedia and interactive exhibits, as well as interesting concepts in presentation. The museum did feel a bit sparse though. More style than substance. I enjoyed it more as an experience than as a straight educational museum.

Visited August 2013
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Willunga, Australia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
57 attraction reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Too many bells and whistles!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Lots of money has been spent on this museum and, for me, it has not been a successful investment. The designers have overwhelmed the content which is a real shame because the content - Francophone immigration to North America and the archaeological excavations of the 16th century site at Cap Rouge, for example, both had the potential to be really interesting. Instead it is dark, confusing and difficult to get through - beware the spongy floor in the second floor exhibition... Could have been so much better!

Visited June 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Chruch was the only thing worth looking at.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

What a disappointment, the Church was the only cool thing, the actual museum was really bad. I may be old school, but this is a terrible attempt at being a modern contemporary presentation. It's way to dark inside, and it had all of these double layer moving video and loud audio projections on silk screens, that are way to much of a sensory overload. One section has squishy rubber floor tiles my 73yr old mother almost tripped on. Save you money for something else

Visited June 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
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13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Fascinating Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

This museum was a very pleasant surprise. If you have any interest in learning about French immigration to North America, this is the place to start. Extremely informative with imaginative displays.

Visited May 2013
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