Musée de l'Amérique francophone
2 Côte de la Fabrique, Quebec City, Canada
Musée de l'Amérique francophone Quebec City Reviews
A nice museum to check out Mar 30, 2014
Located in the Old Town of Quebec City, and next door to the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec, the Musee de I’Amerique Francophone is a museum that focuses on the history and life of the French in North America.
Roughly translated, it is the Museum of American French, it consists of 2 separate buildings, with the first one being the one you enter, into a gift shop. This is where you pay admission. Then to the museum chapel.
The museum chapel looked rather simple, as there was not much in terms of church art. Sadly, this was the only place in the museum where photography was allowed, as it is not allowed everywhere else. Seeing the chairs and a guy practicing on a piano, gave it more of a feel of a concert hall than a place of worship. Just something to see quickly, and move on, as I did not find it very interesting.
From the chapel, you will have to go outside, into the elements (in my case, snow), to get to the other building. I would have said that this is a nice place to visit if the weather is bad outside, but unfortunately, you do have to go back outside to get there. This is where the main exhibitions are, 2 temporary and 1 permanent, on 3 different floors.
The other 2 temporary exhibitions, when I was there, was a collection of Quebecois art, and the story of the first French colony in North America, which has been left out of the history books. That was due to the fact that the location of the settlement was not known until around 2005. Both are worth checking out, if you are in Quebec City in 2014.
The permanent exhibition is also worth the time, as it is mainly about the history and life of French Americans not only in Quebec, but also in other parts of Canada and the US. From the times when they made settlements in the New World, up towards the present day, and the difficulties they had to face.
Overall, it was a nice museum to visit, and learn some more about the people and history of French Canadians. Not a must-see, but worth checking out if you are in Quebec City for more than a day.
Part of the Canada 2014 travel blog
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