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“Well done museum!”

Musee des Ursulines de Quebec
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$40.24*
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Historical Tasting Old Quebec Walking Tour
Ranked #17 of 189 things to do in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This unusual museum pays a historical tribute to the deeds of Ursuline nuns in Quebec.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Very clearly laid out. Interesting displays. The young men working there obviously care about the history and story. Wish we could have done the tour of the gardens/chapel but it was going to be in French. They have a mandate from the nuns that if anyone wants the tour if French, it has to be...even if there are more people that want English. The guide was very willing to answer any questions in English.

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"boarding school"
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"small museum"
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"ursuline convent"
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"musical instruments"
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"beautiful chapel"
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"seventeenth century"
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"free exhibit"
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"educational museum"
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"school life"
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"small floors"
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"showed how"
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"complete history"
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"daily life"
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"their lives"
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

A fascinating look into the history of a once deeply religious society, and into the world of the motivated, dedicated nuns who came to teach Native girls (that was the initial mission, sadly) but later taught both French and English Canadian and American girls, some of whom were to follow in their footsteps, while others were to become wives and mothers - educated, without turning into 'scholars', as one text concisely put.

Revamped and expanded, sparkly clean, it is a lovely space with several sections spread-out over tree floors; with musical instruments, furniture, objets d'art, intricate embroidery, vintage photos.. and much information pieced together very well, that is easy to read and understand.

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Reviewed May 11, 2013

We missed this the last time we were in Quebec City and were very glad we made a point of coming back on May 7. The Ursulines played a predominant role in the education of young women since the mid-1500's. We learned that many young girls were also boarded here so that they could learn about math, science, geography, astronomy and the other domestic skills that would make them good mothers, and wives for the important community leaders of the day. We learned that the boarding fees would be the equivalent of the annual tuition to Harvard or Oxford so this was a desirable place to send girls for education. The special exhibit on needlework and lacemaking was especially interesting-not so easy to do.

1  Thank Eve335
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

We happened by when the museum was closed but a Mass was about to start ( 4:xx pm ) so we decided to attend Mass. It was all in French so but we were still able to participate. The church area is quite large and old. . . and 95% + were retired nuns of advanced age. The "song leader" had a terrific voice and the homily gave us a chance to contemplate. It is great to take the time to contemplate and language is not a limiting factor..

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

My wife and I visited mid-September 2012. We found the staff warm and welcoming (no surprise, the two staffers here had superb command of English), the space and displays were of modern design, and extremely well-conceived, making excellent use of ambient light and creating a welcoming and airy space . Most important, the rooms evoked an era now long-gone. The Ursuline order was remarkable for the commitment of the women who gave their lives to their God, and to the education of young women. Two hours of carefully examining these display gives insight into their motivation, and the results of that commitment. It is no wonder that girls from throughout Canada, and even the U.S., were sent here to be educated in the 19th and 20th centuries. And you have to reflect with sadness on how difficult it must have been for the "last generations" of religious, who took their vows as Ursulines in the 1940's and 1950's, to see this 200 year tradition go into decline and virtual extinction in the 1960's and 1970s. Having been educated by Ursulines in primary school, it was a very rewarding and enlightening visit. But make no mistake, the appeal of this museum is quite wide-reaching, witness the other reviews.

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