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“Paris is nice in the fall too”

Musee de la Civilisation
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Quebec City Museum Package Musée de la Civilisation Musée de la Place-Royale...
Ranked #15 of 211 things to do in Quebec City
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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 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage
St. Catharines, Canada
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Paris is nice in the fall too”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

The Paris exhibit was on display while we visited the musee. It was well done. Mostly static displays that were described with a walking audio tour. The musee displays a nice collection of memorabilia from the 50s, 60s and 70s in Canada.

Worth the trip.

Visited September 2013
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Victoria, BC Canada
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“Disappointing visit”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Even though this attraction gets recommendations in the guide books we were disappointed. Many exhibits were in transition and not open. Other exhibits were hands- on and if you have children they would most likely enjoy it. Confusing and hard to navigate for us with so many different levels.

Visited September 2013
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Leawood, Kansas
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“Good way to spend a couple of hours”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

I spent a couple of hours here on a rainy day in Quebec City. The video game exhibition was great and brought back a lot of good memories. You could play all of the games which was very fun. The Paris exhibit was pretty good but was small. The Quebec exhibit was okay but dark and a lot of reading. Overall, a pretty good couple of hours. Price was somewhat high at $15 per person.

Visited September 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Blocks from cruise ship and lovely”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Great exhibits including the Paris at turn of century with headsets and also enjoyed the video arcade exhibit from the first to recent games. Beautiful building and very convenient to walk to from the cruise ship.

Visited August 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Always discoveries.”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

The Museum of Civilisation is a bit odd and quirky but that's exactly what makes it such a super place to visit.
When the construction of the museum was started in the early 80's it had no collection and many people tought that it would just be an ode to Québec nationalism.
Not the case at all the first director and the others that followed always offered a mix of Québec history with exhibits on other cultures and also on some interresting and easy to swallow anthropological views.
It was just the case when I visited during Labor Day week-end.
I must say that the semi permanent exhibition on Québec culture and identity is a bit dark and difficult to digest compared to previous ones, lots of things written on badly lit explanatory cards. Tours are for specific exhibitions so I will recommend taking a tour for that one.
Then the anthropological side was very well handled in a Maori exhibition, showing not only the past but the present of the Maori culture and artefacts.
The showstopper was Paris on Stage, explaining the Belle Époque in the City of Lights, very nifty design, mix of folk exhibits and high art (Rodin, Bourdelle, etc.). Some of the oldest movies shown in a cafe like setting, a huge mural of Paris in 1900 from the first floor of the Eiffel tower. The mural was even on the cieling where you could see the structure of the upper floors of the tower! A novelty at no cost was the sound system. Not an audio guide but just some earplugs offering short explanations + music of the time and city noises that change from one part of the exhibition to another. Reading everything, seeing all the movies and admiring the work of arts in detail could take a good 3 hours. This kind of exhibition was just what this museum is known for internationally with curators from around the world visiting to update their own presentations.
Finally the exhibition on video games is showing the quirky side of this institution. From the first Pong to the latest games most exhibits were working and could be played. The only minus is that there are very few seats to use to complete games without feeling your legs cramped.
Note that this was the last week for the Maori exhibition and the first nation exhibit is also being reinstalled. So at the moment there will be less to see but new exhibitions will start from mid-October to mid-November, Coming up then an exhibition about multi talented artist Pierre Gauvreau that will be more for the locals, new exhibition on first nation focusing on the present times and also another one on contemporary Haitian folk art.
Meanwhile if the Belle Époque or the video games are of interest to you you will get plenty for your money but from mid-November till end of February 2014 all the exhibition halls will be presenting something.
Note that now the museum has a café on the second floor now with some outdoor tables in fair weather, a big improvement over the crappy nasement cafetria of the past. The coat check has also been moved to the main floor, easier to find and there is no coat check fee anymore.
Last tip for an aditional cost of $3 you will also get an admission, valid for 2 weeks, to the Place Royale Interpretation Center. An even bigger combo also include Musée de l'Amérique Francophone (the Old Seminary Museum) in Upper Town just next door to the Catholic cathedral

Visited September 2013
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