Museum of Civilization (Musée de la Civilisation)

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85 Rue Dalhousie

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Overlooking the port from its seat in Old Québec – just a short walk from Place-Royale – the Museum of Civilization explores the history of human society in Québec and uses interactive exhibits to draw a connection between the past and the present. While you will find expected art and artifact collections, you'll also come across exciting specialized exhibits devoted to a variety of topics, such as life in the city throughout different generations and Québec's culinary heritage. 

Many recent visitors praised the museum's architecture and atmosphere, and noted that the exhibits are informative and suitable for families, though some remark that the museum is on the smaller side. 

The Museum of Civilization is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is CA$16 (about $13) for adults 31 years and older, CA$10 for visitors ages 18 to 30 (about $8) and CA$5 (about $4) for children. There's also a gift shop and a bistro-style restaurant on-site. To learn more about the museum, visit its website.

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