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. Take a look at our Quebec City road trip planning website to schedule your visit to Musee des Ursulines de Quebec and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • September 28, 2017
    if you’re Catholic and you’re looking for peace go to this place and you will find and peaceful with God ... what a good history about the nuns, that’s reminding me my primary, I was crying, the nuns ...  more »
  • September 27, 2017
    $10CDN entrance fee to go into this marvelous small museum that lets you into the world of a young woman in the New World going into boarding school here or joining the convent to become a bride of Ch...  more »
  • September 15, 2017
    This was really interesting, and beautifully presented. A sweet small museum that shares what life was like in the Ursulines' school and order. Exhibits are thoughtfully and artfully done, progressive...  more »
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  • April 22, 2017
    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.
  • February 8, 2017
    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.
  • June 28, 2017
    Excellent museum depicting the girls school run by nuns since 1640.
  • December 24, 2016
    I really like the dark stones combined with the light grey roof.
  • August 24, 2016
    such an interesting history - a must-see for anyone interested in québécois culture

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