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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 $146
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, just steps from Samuel de Champlain Statue and Quartier Petit Champlain. Quebec City Town Hall and Place Royale are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.

    Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville $95
    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. Quebec City Town Hall and Parliament Building are also within 15 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 9 minutes by foot.

      Hotel PUR Quebec, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel $85
      Hotel PUR Quebec, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

      Hotel PUR Quebec, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

      395 rue de la Couronne, Quebec, QC
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Saint-Roch, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Le Capitole and Quebec National Museum of Fine Arts. Quartier Petit Champlain and Museum of Civilization are also within 2 mi (3 km). Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.

        Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux $230
        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 in Old Quebec, this luxury hotel is steps from Museum of Civilization, Quebec Cruise Terminal, and Old Port Quebec City. Place Royale and Quartier Petit Champlain are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.

          Hotel Port Royal $113
          Hotel Port Royal

          Hotel Port Royal

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

            Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Port Quebec City and Place Royale. Quebec City Town Hall and Quebec City Convention Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Quebec Palace Station is 10 minutes by foot.

            Les Lofts St-Pierre - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec $81
            Les Lofts St-Pierre - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec

            Les Lofts St-Pierre - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec

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

              Located in Old Quebec, this apartment building is steps from Museum of Civilization, Old Port Quebec City, and Quebec Cruise Terminal. Place Royale and Quartier Petit Champlain are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 12 minutes by foot.

              Les Lofts du Trésor - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec $86
              Les Lofts du Trésor - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec

              Les Lofts du Trésor - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec

              1 rue du Trésor, Quebec, QC
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Old Quebec, this condo building is steps from Quebec Experience and Quebec City Town Hall. Quartier Petit Champlain and Place Royale are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 10 minutes by foot.

                Hotel 71 by Preferred Hotels & Resorts $138
                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, Old Port Quebec City, and Quebec Cruise Terminal. Place Royale and Quartier Petit Champlain are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.