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Musee des Ursulines de Quebec, Quebec City

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Gain invaluable insight into Quebec history with a trip to Musee des Ursulines de Quebec, a museum dedicated to the monastery and school established in 1639 by a group of Ursuline Nuns. The monastery acted as a kind of finishing school for young French girls from its inception. Considered the oldest teaching center in the Americas, the museum displays a host of artifacts belonging to the nuns, including relics from old classrooms and a collection of rare books that can be consulted for no charge by patrons. Don’t leave without seeing the picturesque convent gardens, which were kept secret from the city for almost four centuries but now are open to the public. Plan your visit to Musee des Ursulines de Quebec and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Quebec City vacation planner.
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  • This is a small gem right in the middle of the city that documents the Ursulines' education of girls and natives when it wasn't yet fashionable. It doesn't cost much but leave an hour and a half, say,...  more »
  • We found this absolutely fascinating to learn of the history and lifestyles of the young women who were brought up here by the nuns. The needlework collection is breathtaking. Well worth a visit; very...  more »
  • This museum is a snapshot of what life was like for young women at this school in early Quebec City. It is well laid out and has displays that keep you interested in what their day to day life was lik...  more »
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  • This is one of the best museums I've ever been to. Not only were the exhibits interesting, they were also the perfect size and had just the right amount of information. Learning about this order of nuns, how they went through the process of becoming a nun, and the boarding students they taught was fascinating. The museum is impeccably clean, including the bathrooms. Most museums feel worn, but not this one; it feels brand new.
  • Highly recommended, well worth the price of admission. Genuinely informative & well researched / curated ensemble that gives a broad picture of circa-17th Century North American culture. Particularly enlightening as to the role of religion in every day life, feminism / female roles-rights-responsibilities, etc. Friendly, uncrowded (for us at any rate), human-scale - a nice relief from overwhelming museums in the City.
  • I really like the dark stones combined with the light grey roof.
  • such an interesting history - a must-see for anyone interested in québécois culture
  • I was amazed the first time I took this tour, not just with the content (which is fascinating) but with how incredibly well it was delivered. This place sets a new standard for exhibits in Quebec and could stand proud next to best exhibits I've seen in Paris, Madrid, or Rome, Dublin, and London. The tour has a particularly strong impact on the students we take there, because most of them are the same age as the kids who would have arrived to become sisters, leaving the world they knew behind for the rest of their lives. If you have any interest at all in the history of the Ursuline Sisters in Quebec - or indeed the Ursuline Sisters in general - then take this tour, you'll thoroughly enjoy it.