SS1 - Musées de la civilisation
An unusual tour
in an amazing
the estèbe house
From the entrance hall or the courtyard, you will notice an old
house that is part of the Museum – it’s the Estèbe House. It
was built in 1752, more than 250 years ago!
A boat in the Museum! It was found during the archeological
digs that took place before the Museum was built.
The house belonged to Guillaume
Estèbe, a merchant, who lived there
with his wife and their 14 children (that’s
right, 14!). The bags, barrels and crates
of objects sold by Estèbe were stored
in the cellar (where the Museum’s gift
shop is today) and the attic. ›
Educational Program Presented by
• The carriage entrance that looks
like a rounded tunnel, allowing
horses and carts to access the
• The S-shaped metal parts: these are actually huge screws
that go through the floors and prevent the walls from
warping under the weight of the roof. These metal parts
are called “S-irons”, or “esses” in French – guess why!
This boat used to cross the river and transport passengers and
goods from large ships to the shore.
Do you see
boat? It’s a
wharf! Back then,
the St. Lawrence River
was much wider and came
as far as where you’re standing.
THE DISCOVERY ZONE
people of quebec...
Then and Now
Discover objects from our past that helped
shape Québec’s history.
UPPER WALK WAY
• A flute that can play two melodies
at the same time (it’s called a
• A fireman’s helmet that is over 100
• The torch from the 1976 Olympics in
Admire a model representing the
Battle of the Plains of Abraham on
September 13, 1759: can you find
seven mills and a well?
once upon a time...
Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am to 5 pm
children aged 3 to 10, accompanied by an adult
Capacity: 60 people
Duration: 45 minutes
Step into the shoes of your best-loved
fairytale characters in a setting worthy
of the finest picture books. A fabulous
world brimming with magic that’s
More than meets the eye!
Draw on all your senses and tap into your curiosity in this
exhibit designed for children and families. Solve some
mysteries to find your way and see everything.
Take on the Key Challenge! Find the six hidden keys in
the room. The clues will help you…get the answers at the
end of the exhibit!
> A special rate is given to people supervising groups of
youngsters because they are responsible for the behavior
of the group in the Museum.
Thank you for your assistance and enjoy your visit!
EXHIBITING MUSEUM BEHAVIORS
ACCESS TO GF
> At the beginning of the visit, the chaperone explains
expected behaviors to the members of his/her group,
reminds members of the group of the expected
behaviors when necessary and supervises the group
from beginning to end.
BEING A GROUP IN THE MUSEUM
This is our story
First Nations and Inuit in the XXIst century
like cats and dots
An exhibit with some bite! Discoveries made
by animal behaviour specialists take you
on a sensory and interactive journey into
the body, mind and universe of our fourlegged friends.
Go on…we double dog dare you!
Come meet the Amerindians and Inuit of today.
Having lived for centuries on the territory of
Québec, they tell us their story, our story.
See how fast you can complete a
slalom course compared to a dog!
Among the objects that reflect the cultures
and rich history of these nations, find the
model of an ancient Iroquois village and
• The garden where corn, beans and squash
• The canoe for fast travel
See how you do at high jump
compared to a cat!
And why not invent a dog breed!
The Invisible Revolution
Walk quietly: take your time and see everything.
Keep an arm’s length between you
and the artifacts or decors. This way,
you get a better view of the whole
exhibition. Touching is STRICTLY
PROHIBITED except for those objects
presented in the discovery zone
Are you taking pictures? Be careful! DO NOT use flash
and look for warnings that some artefacts CANNOT be
Speak quietly: shouting is forbidden.
If a security guard warns you, change your behavior
In the exhibition rooms, it is not
permitted to eat or drink.
You can always ask questions
to the guides.
Respect other visitors: do not
“Nano” means really, really small. So small that
you need a special microscope to see anything
Find two animals that are hiding in
a vivarium. They have “nanostructures”
at the end of their legs, which let them
stick to the walls and even the ceiling!
Direction de l’action culturelle et éducative et de l’accueil des publics
Musées de la civilisation are subsidized by the
ministère de la Culture et des Communications.
Illustrations : Nathaly Bergerron / Franfou / Valérie Morency / José Morin