Consultation and Loans

A Place for Consultation and Research

Musée de l'Amérique francophone allows visitors to explore an exceptional historical heritage.

This heritage is as much about the burgeoning society in New France as it is about French-speaking life in North America. The consultation room offers researchers the opportunity to consult part of the archives and query the database of all Musées de la civilisation's collections.

French America Reference Centre

Photographer : Idra Labrie – Perspective Photo, 4133_icono_0042

Access and On-Site Consultation

Our reading Room is open for researchers, by appointment only, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8h30 to 12 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Since space is limited in the Reading Room and so that we may serve you better, it is important to make an appointment to be able to do On-Site research.

Please note that the reading Room will be close for the summer from june 30th to october 3rd 2017.

Consultation room
Pavillon Jérôme-Demers
Musée de l'Amérique francophone
5th  floor

9, rue de la Vieille-Université
P.O. Box 155, stn. B
Quebec City (Québec)  G1K 7A6

General Information:
T. 418 528-0157
F. 418 692-5206

Musée de la civilisation, French America Reference Centre, October 19, 2008, photographer: Idra Labrie – Perspective Photo, 4133_icono_0049


Search in Info-Muse


General overview of archival holdings
Over three centuries of history to discover : Séminaire de Québec archives

Thaïs Lacoste-Frémont holdings
Woman of heart, woman of action : Thaïs Lacoste-Frémont

Séminaire de Québec's missions in the Mississippi Valley, 1698-1699
Correspondence with annotations by priest and historian Noël Baillargeon ( (PDF, 7,67 Mo)


The network of Government of Québec libraries

Access to rare and old books from Les Musées de la civilization collection, particularly those of the Séminaire de Québec library


Medical sciences from the 17th to 19th centuries in the Séminaire de Québec library   (PDF, 2,1 Mo)

Directory of Québec photographers, 1840-1975 (PDF, 3 Mo)

To improve the conservation conditions of collections for which it is responsible, Les Musées de la civilisation has extended the current moratorium until December 31, 2016.

The moratorium encompasses the archives and the historical library for the duration of the archive project, and specifically affects:

  • The reproduction of digital images and photographs of all artifacts and documentation, and new approvals for reproduction
  • The loan of documents related to historical archives, the library of rare and old books, and special collections (paper-based works, coins and stamps)

Musées de la civilisation thanks you for your understanding and apologizes for any inconvenience the moratorium may cause.

The collections of Les Musées de la civilisation contribute to the cultural productions of various museums and historical houses through the loan of objects and documents. 

Collections can therefore be seen by the greatest number of people while fostering collaboration within the national and international network of museums.

For object loans from the national collection and loan documents:

External loan policy and management (Available in French only)

Loan application form (Available in French only)

Questionnaire prior to loan (Available in French only)