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Musee des Ursulines de Quebec

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Address: 12 Donnaconna St. | (Near St-Louis), Quebec City, Quebec G1R 3Y7, Canada
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+1 418-694-0694
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This unusual museum pays a historical tribute to the deeds of Ursuline nuns...

This unusual museum pays a historical tribute to the deeds of Ursuline nuns in Quebec.

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Learning About Catholicism in the Last Few Centuries

We knew very little about how the Catholic schools survived or didn't survive in Quebec. This Musee and the monastery were fascinating, and the best treat was the singing of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 October 2016
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Weston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

I read a lot about this before going and was a little disappointed, I expected more form the promise of the embroidery and the stained glass windows. It was very interesting though.

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We knew very little about how the Catholic schools survived or didn't survive in Quebec. This Musee and the monastery were fascinating, and the best treat was the singing of the elderly nuns in the early evening.

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Laguna Hills, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This was a fabulous, small museum. It is very impressive to see how these nuns made a school that taught girls more than the usual female education in those times. They learned chemistry, astronomy, etc! The items they used to teach these courses are very interesting. The girls also learned music, art and embroidery - such beautiful works are on... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Not being Catholic, I don't know an awful lot about nuns. This museum taught me quite a bit about them and the interesting history of this particular group. I particularly liked seeing the history of the school and the various pictures of actual pupils from the past.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

This is an educational and historic interpretive center. It shows and tells the story of the Ursuline nuns and the school they had for girls. Listen to the stories on the headsets. Nuns and students tell of their experiences. Known for their embroidery and needle work, the pieces on display are gorgeous. The chapel is so beautiful. There is also... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We visited this historic site with a walking tour. It is a beautiful church, and has a fabulous history. Do take it in if you can.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

we've been to many, many museums over our 76 years, and this is in the top 10%. there is so much to digest and appreciate. the convent school started in the 1600s. burned down twice, fully, in winter ... courage, patience, cooperation. 17th and 18th century needlework and embroidery ... skills impossible to believe occurred in these conditions ... ingenuity,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

This hidden museum is a gem. It is not so much a museum as it is an interpretive centre as you do not see the original school. What is is a modern building with lots of information, photos and artifacts outlining the days of the Ursuline sisters (not many still around) and their education of girls in the early days.... More 

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Arnold, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

A quiet and pleasant spot that gives a sense of the Ursuline Order in Canada. There is an interesting museum and you get a sense of the catholic church in Quebec over the course of a few hundred years.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is a review of the permanent exhibition of the Musee des Ursulines de Quebec. The exhibition, which takes about an hour to peruse, explores the convent boarding school education provided to girls in the 19th and 20th centuries. It should be noted that for much of this period, the availability of an education for girls was rather limited. The... More 

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