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Museum of Civilization

Uncover thousands of years of Canadian history, culture, sports and science through a range of interactive displays and exhibits.

Immerse yourself in thousands of years of Canadian history at the Museum of Civilization. The emphasis at this institution is on learning through interacting, so there are activities for people of all ages. Experience the phenomenal power of earthquakes and tsunamis, take part in experiments and see your children explore imaginary landscapes.

Learn about the men and women who helped to shape the city’s identity and society at the exhibit People of Québec...Then and Now. Watch archive films that cover landmark events in the city’s history. Inspect the rich collection of artifacts including coats of arms, costumes, flags, coins and religious objects.

Hear audio accounts by actors imitating key historic figures such as the 16th-century explorer Jacques Cartier and Thomas Baillairgé, a prominent 19th-century architect. 

In the Earth’s Unveiled room in the Discovery Zone, hands-on activities demonstrate how natural phenomena have shaped the Earth. Experience simulations of earthquakes and tsunamis or conduct experiments, handle fossils and view a dinosaur footprint. Also in the Discovery Zone is the Once Upon a Time exhibit. Here, younger visitors can dress in costumes and use props to play in their own version of traditional fairy tales. RFID (radio frequency identification) chips embedded into the costumes set off a variety of special effects as the children move around.

The museum also has a rotating roster of temporary exhibitions. Guided tours of individual exhibits are available and are included within the general ticket price.

Situated on Rue Dalhousie in the Lower Town, the Museum of Civilization is only a short walk away from Place-Royale. Public buses pass right by the museum. The museum is open daily from June 24 to September 2. The rest of the year it is closed on Mondays and Christmas Day. 

See the website for an up-to-date schedule of rotating exhibitions during your stay and to see details on the daily tours. This schedule is also available at the museum’s information desk.


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Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac ¥19,365
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Samuel de Champlain Statue, Old Quebec Funicular, and Quartier Petit Champlain. Quebec City Town Hall and Place Royale are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.

    Hotel Port Royal ¥10,351
    Hotel Port Royal

    Hotel Port Royal

    144, rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec, QC
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located near the slopes, this Old Quebec hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Old Port Quebec City, Place Royale, and Quebec Cruise Terminal. Quebec City Town Hall and Quartier Petit Champlain are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 11 minutes by foot.

      Hôtel Le Concorde Québec ¥8,150
      Hôtel Le Concorde Québec

      Hôtel Le Concorde Québec

      1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located near the slopes, this Centre-Ville hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Battlefields Park, Parliament Building, and Quebec City Convention Center. Citadelle of Quebec and Quebec City Town Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Quebec Palace Station is 22 minutes by foot.

        Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville ¥10,926
        Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville

        Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville

        775 Honoré-Mercier Ave, Quebec, QC
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Le Capitole and Quebec City Convention Center. Parliament Building and Quebec City Town Hall are also within 15 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 9 minutes by foot.

          Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux ¥16,877
          Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux

          Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux

          8, rue Saint-Antoine, Quebec, QC
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located near the slopes, this Old Quebec hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Civilization, Place Royale, and Quebec Cruise Terminal. Old Port Quebec City and Quartier Petit Champlain are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Acadia ¥7,524
            Hotel Acadia

            Hotel Acadia

            43 Rue Sainte-ursule, Quebec, QC
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ursulines de Quebec Museum, Quebec City Town Hall, and Parliament Building. Place Royale and Citadelle of Quebec are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 11 minutes by foot.

              Hotel 71 by Preferred Hotels & Resorts ¥16,780
              Hotel 71 by Preferred Hotels & Resorts

              Hotel 71 by Preferred Hotels & Resorts

              71, Saint-Pierre street, Quebec, QC
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Museum of Civilization, Place Royale, and Old Port Quebec City. Quebec Cruise Terminal and Quartier Petit Champlain are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.

                Auberge Saint-Pierre ¥11,215
                Auberge Saint-Pierre

                Auberge Saint-Pierre

                79, rue St-Pierre, Quebec, QC
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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