Musées de la civilisation frequently establishes partnerships with major national and international institutions, either for the joint development of projects, the loan of important collections or the presentation of exceptional exhibitions in Quebec City from abroad.

Musées de la civilisation also concludes partnership agreements with institutions, universities and research centres, making possible the implementation of concerted actions and structuring reflections.

Musées de la civilisation joined the Physical Appearances, Bodies, and Societies Research Interest Group (RIG) in spring 2015. Arising from discussions between academics and museum researchers, the RIG aims to pursue new lines of research on physical appearances, going beyond the study of clothing alone toward a history of the body, with reference where possible to objects in museum collections.

Curator Valérie Laforge represented Musées de la civilisation at the RIG's first conference, held in Paris from May 11 to 13, 2015.

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Musées de la civilisation has made Latin America, and specifically Brazil, a priority area for international development and exchange. Since 2013, with the support of Québec's ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie, MCQ has developed active and on-going collaborations with several Brazilian partners.

Notably, Musées de la civilisation has partnered with Museu da Pessoa in Saõ Paulo to create an original exhibition, coming to Musée de la civilisation in Québec City in 2016, showcasing the many faces of Brazilians and the challenges faced by today's Brazil.

The annual series of museology and heritage workshops "Spaces for memory and culture" is the result of a unique partnership between the SESC- Saõ Paulo network and Musées de la civilisation, with the collaboration of Museu da Pessoa and the support of the Secretariat of Culture for the State of Saõ Paulo and ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie.

Since 2013, Musées de la civilisation has also taken part in international meetings held in Brazil. It sent representatives to the international conference "Memory + creativity = social change," organized by ICOM in Rio de Janeiro in August 2013. It was also invited by the Secretariat of Culture for the State of Saõ Paulo to speak at an international meeting on indigenous museum practice, hosted by the Museu Índia Vanuíre in Tupa, Brazil, in June 2015.

Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (Paris), Space for Life and Musées de la civilisation make a commitment to biodiversity.

With financial support from the Museums Assistance Program under the Canada-France Agreement, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle in Paris, Space for Life in Montréal, and  Musées de la civilisation in Québec City jointly drafted and signed, in December 2014, a Declaration on Biosphere Ethics, putting biodiversity and cultural diversity at the heart of their respective missions.

In line with the initiatives launched in 2010 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the three institutions acknowledge that a society's ethical ideals are at the core of its vision of the common good. They agree that responsible action is needed to improve practices related to the preservation and representation of biological and cultural diversity.

More than a mere gesture, the declaration marks the first time internationally that museums have made a commitment to representing and preserving the biosphere. The three institutions are responding to the need to build a relationship connecting humankind and the other parts of the biosphere, based on shared values, in order to protect the Earth's natural and cultural diversity.

Photo : Raymond Jalbert © Espace pour la vie. Signing of a Declaration on Biosphere Ethics. From left to right, Mr. Thomas Grenon, Executive Director of Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, Executive Director of Musées de la civilisation, Mr. Michel Côté and Mr. Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Director of Espace pour la vie.



For Sharing Expertise and Knowledge

Universidad del Museo Social Argentino (UMSA) and Musées de la civilisation concluded a master agreement aiming to facilitate discussions between the two institutions. It will allow the Musées and the UMSA to jointly participate in a variety of activities that take place in their respective establishments. The university can thus collaborate on the museum's scientific and heritage-highlighting projects. For its part, the Musées carry on its involvement in teaching and university research.

Over the years, Musées de la civilisation has presented more than one hundred international exhibitions, several of which were co-produced with partners from all five continents. The institution has also collaborated with highly prestigious institutions through the loan and circulation of exceptional artifacts.

Here are some of these collaborations :

  • Rijksmuseum van Oudhenden, Leiden, Nertherlands – Egyptian Magic (2015-2016)
  • Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany – Masters of Olympus. Treasures from the Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin (2014-2015)
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, United States – Haiti, in extremis (2013-2014)
  • Museums of Paris, France – Paris on Stage, 1889-1914 (2013-2014)
  • The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas, United States, and Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France – Samourai. Masterpieces from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Muellercollection (2012-2013)
  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand – E TU AKE – Maori Standing Strong (2012-2013)
  • Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France – Musée du quai Branly: Views on Cultural Diversity (2008-2009)
  • Muséum national d'histoire naturelle de Paris, France – Dragons, Between Science and Fiction (2007-2008)
  • Musées royaux d'art et d'histoire and the Hergé Foundation (Studios Hergé), Brussels, Belgium – In Peru with Tintin (2006-2008)
  • KIT Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands – Nusantara Indonesia (2005-2007)
  • State Historical Museum of Moscow, Moscow, Russia – God, the Czar, and the Revolution (2005-2006)
  • Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden, Netherlands –Asterix and the Romans (2003-2005)
  • Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Neuchâtel, Switzerland – Sand (2003-2005)
  • Xi'an Office of Cultural Relics and Qin Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, China – Xi'an, Eternal Capital (2001-2002)
  • American Museum of Natural History, New-York, United States – Diamonds (2001-2002)
  • Statens Historiska Museum of Stockholm, Sweden – The Viking Saga (1993)
  • Musée d'ethnographie de Neuchâtel, Switzerland and Musée dauphinois de Grenoble, France – The Difference – Three Museums, Three Views (1997-1998)
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, United States, in collaboration with the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Museum, China – The Ancient Ancestors of Genghis Khan (1995-1996)
  • Steiermärkisches Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria – Imperial Austria - Treasures of Art, Arms and Armor from the State of Styria (1995)
  • Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna, Austria – Treasures from the Emperors of Austria (1994)
  • Musée International de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge, Geneva, Switzerland – Children of War, 1914-1993 (1993)
  • National Institute of Archeology and Art, Tunis, Tunisia – Tunisia, Crossroads of Civilization (1990-1991)
  • Ministry of Culture and Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums, Turkey –Turkey, Splendors of Anatolian Civilizations (1990)
  • State Museum of Ethnography of the Peoples of the USSR, Moscow, Russia – Tundra, Taiga (1988-1989)