Heritage Treasures Showcased in a Park
One of Quebec City’s best-loved natural oases, the National Battlefields Park, spreads its summer greenery or white wintry cloak around the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. The vast provincial art gallery houses over 38,000 works of art dating from the 17th century to the present. The paintings, sculptures, drawings, photos, prints and decorative art pieces, some of them iconic and others much less well known, testify to Quebec’s rich artistic heritage, stretching all the way back to the days of New France.
Visit a heritage building with a captivating atmosphere: the old Quebec City jail (now the Charles Baillairgé pavilion), restored and integrated into the Museum. See also the impressive neoclassical architecture of the Gérard-Morisset. Here you can admire the exhibition focusing on Quebec City’s role as the artistic capital of the colony, from New France up to the late 19th century. Major works lead visitors through some 250 years of history and art movements.
Check the program for information on exhibitions and international events.
In the section on Quebec City as a capital under the French Regime, some masterpieces await you, including the sculptures Vierge à l'Enfant, superbly gilded by the Ursuline nuns of Quebec City, Saint Michel terrassant le dragon and Saint Gabriel. You can also admire L'Ange gardien, painted in the great 17th-century French tradition by Brother Luc, a Récollet priest who lived near L'Ange-Gardien in 1670-1671. The painting was presented to the parish church by Daniel Rémy de Courcelles, Governor of New France.
See the cultural activities and creative workshops for children and adults.
An appetizing view
Huge bay windows overlooking the Plains of Abraham and the St. Lawrence and elegantly presented refined dishes … the Museum’s restaurant and its terrace, in good weather, are among the finest in Quebec City. Bon appétit!