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People of Québec…Then and Now


Reference exhibition - Musée de la civilisation

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Musée de la civilisation

85, rue Dalhousie
Quebec City (Québec) G1K 8R2
T. 418 643-2158
Toll-free 1 866 710-8031

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Musée de la civilisation

Musée de la civilisation

85, rue Dalhousie
Quebec City (Québec) G1K 8R2
T. 418 643-2158
Toll-free 1 866 710-8031

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Admission Fees

Adults (31+)$17
18 to 30 $11
12 to 17$6
11 and under$0
Families$36

MembersFree

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Adults (31+)$17
18 to 30 $11
12 to 17$6
11 and under$0
Families$36

MembersFree

People of Québec…Then and Now is a journey into the heart of Québec's history and rich culture. Contemporary Québec society reflects the dreams and undertakings of all those who have lived here and helped to create its fabric. It is the history of communities rooted in a territory, whose strategy has always been to preserve their integrity.

Guided Tour - Schedule and details

With more than 375 objects and archival documents from the Musée de la civilisation collections, accompanied by original film montages, People of Québec…Then and Now brings to life key moments in Québec history. This reference exhibition provides a framework for understanding today's Québec. It chronicles the life of the first peoples who inhabited Québec, the contacts between the Aboriginal peoples and the Europeans, as well as life in the days of New France and under British rule. It bears witness to the arrival of successive waves of immigration. It illustrates the shift from a rural way of life to an urban one. It pauses on the legacy of the Quiet Revolution. Then, it invites to a reflection about the Québec of 1980 to present.

The new version of the exhibition, opened in April 2017, gives the final word to the visitors, who get an occasion to share their vision of contemporary Québec. Who knows? Their answers may end up in the exhibition on the "wall of today's Québec", a real dialogue between the Museum and the public about what is most representative of the recent years of Québec's history.

Produced with the special cooperation of the National Film Board of Canada.

NFB, Le Soleil and Fairmont le Château Frontenac

Québec City was founded by a seafarer in a strategic location—at a narrows in the river—and was a hub of maritime commerce for nearly 250 years. Today, its destiny is just as intertwined with that of the St. Lawrence as it always has.

On the mezzanin of the exhibition People of Québec…Then and Now, three models from the Museum's collection, created by the ethlologist Michel Bergeron, tell about the importance of the St. Lawrence River for the development of Québec City since its foundation by Samuel de Champlain in 1608.

Detail of the model La ville de Québec en 1635 (Québec City in 1635). This model is comprised of two separate parts: the first, created in 1987 for the ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, is a reproduction of the second Habitation de Champlain, designed by Vianney Guindon and Claude Paulette. The second part, finished 20 years later for Musée de la civilisation, completes the first, showing the full urban landscape left by Champlain upon his death. It was designed and built by Michel Bergeron in 2008, with a vegetation cover made by Suzanne Desrochers.

Photo : Amélie Breton - Perspective Photo