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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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  • We have visited the Grey Nuns' Museum in Montreal and wanted to learn more about the Ursuline sisters. The museum is small and can easily be visited in 30 minutes. The visit offers a quiet respite fro...  more »
  • The role of the remarkable intrepid women, led by Ursuline Mere Marie de l'Incarnation, who braved the arduous voyage across the ocean to Canada in the 1600s, as illustrated at this museum, is signifi...  more »
  • We spent time at the museum on a rainy morning, The museum includes very beautiful embroidery done by nuns. It includes a view into the day to day life of the students the nuns taught and cared for. T...  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.
  • Excellent museum depicting the girls school run by nuns since 1640.
  • 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

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