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“Visit too short for the price”
Review of Musee du Fort

Musee du Fort
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Ranked #34 of 219 things to do in Quebec City
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Owner description: This small museum chronicles the history of the city, including the numerous battles fought for its control.
Reviewed October 2, 2011

The only thing there really is the diorama, which lasts about 20 minutes. While it is interesting, it is a lot of money ($32 for the 4 of us) for a 20 minutes attraction. The name "Musee du Fort" is misleading as there is nothing else in there. There are other places throughout Quebec that gives you more/ better information on the history, such as the Citadel. Would be better off buying a good book on Quebec history.

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france b, Manager at Musee du Fort, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2011

Dear busymothertoronto,

Thank you for taking the time to review the Musée du Fort following your visit earlier this summer. We diligently read any reviews of the museum, be they on TripAdvisor or other media, to gauge customer satisfaction and orient future enhancements to our existing offering.

Your first comment regards the duration of the sound-and-light show. This is undoubtedly the central element of the Musée du Fort and this is how we promote it. From start to finish, including a personal introduction by a trained guide, the show lasts close to 30 minutes, or 50% longer than you suggest.

You also raise the issue of the ticket price. While you are correct about the $8 price, it would perhaps be helpful for reviewers to know that this is the price for adults and that we offer discounts for students, seniors and groups, and that it is free for children 10 and under.

There is a comment that there is "nothing else" in the Musée du Fort. To this, I would point out that other visitors have had their visit of the museum greatly enriched by the following elements of our daily offering:

- the historical artefacts that are found throughout the museum,
- our display of the timeline of New France with explanations, diagrams, maps and pictures of all the key moments of that fascinating period
- the city's most complete library of history books on the subjects of Québec and New France
- pre- or post-show discussions with our guides to further enhance their understanding of the subject
- our exhibition of the "making of the Musée du Fort"
- up close examination of our 400 square-foot model which provides a unique visual perspective of the region's geography - which is so central to the city's history

You complete your review by suggesting that information on the city's history is better obtained at the Citadel or in a book. The Citadel was built in the 19th century well after the fall of New France and was never implicated in any of the city's military engagements. There are a few small buildings in the Citadel that date back to the New France regime but they provide no broad perspective of the history of the city. The contents of the Citadel's museum pertain mostly to the Royal 22nd Regiment which was founded in 1914. The Citadel is a beautiful site with its own significance but, amongst people who know the city, it will never be confused with attractions that present the military history of New France and the American invasion which followed in 1775.

As for books, we are the first to recommend history books but we do so as complements to a visit, not stand-alone elements. No book, regardless of the maps or texts it contains, will enable you to rapidly get your geographical bearings in Quebec City, whereas the sound and light show of the Musée du Fort provides it to you within mere minutes by seeing the model and hearing the narrative that goes with it.

The Musée is a small, private museum that has prospered for close to 50 years by providing over two million visitors with a clear understanding of military history of the most important period in the city's history. Our objective is not to capture and hold our visitors for hours on end. We aim to provide them with solid and concise introduction to the city's history and geography that will greatly enhance the rest of the two to three days that they will typically spend in the city. If we succeed in our mission (and we wouldn't be around today if we didn't do so consistently), the $8 an adult will have spent at the Musée du Fort will be quickly amortized to the point of insignificance.

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Reviewed September 26, 2011

OK - I like dioramas. They give a spacial sense of the area.

The Musee du Fort is a good diorama, providing a good history of the battles in and around Quebec City. The most attention is paid to the battle between Wolfe and Montcalm at the Plains of Abraham. Great detail.

If you are going to Quebec City and you are interested in history, I would recommend that you first see this diorama, then take a guided walking tour of the city from the tourist bureau right across the street. Then, you will be ready to dive into the other museums of the city at depth.

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Reviewed July 28, 2011

I teach the history of Quebec, so I have some knowledge of the topic. I went with my 8-year-old granddaughter on her first visit so she could have an overview of why Quebec is an important city.
This is not the best of its type, but it is worth the visit. It is very pro French in outlook, but one should expect that in Quebec, and it is mostly historically accurate.
The show is given in French and English, so make sure that you go to the right one.
The young man selling tickets was very helpful.

1  Thank BillRhodeIsland
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Reviewed April 14, 2011

Musee du Fort is just a short walk from the Chateau Frontenac. It is about the wars in Quebec in the 1700s, primarily between France and England. There was also a bit about a failed American invasion by Benedict Arnold, apparently before he became a traitor. The story is presented by a diorama with lights and video. It was pretty cool. As my husband said, worth about $6/each (we paid $8/each).

1  Thank lojo34
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Reviewed March 22, 2011

My 4 year old was entranced by this museum - he loved the toy soldiers and the lights. The adults in the party enjoyed getting both a history and geography overview of the area. It made our trip to Montmorency falls more enjoyable since we understood their role in the English/French battles over quebec.

1  Thank NikandET
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