Musée de Charlevoix
Musée de Charlevoix
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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arturofranz
By arturofranz
Folk History and the Origin of the Charlevoix Region
Oct. 2019
Our full day in La Malbaie started us at the Museum of Charlevoix, a short walk from our hotel, Au Peite Berger. No point in getting up early as most museums open around 10 am. Fees are reasonable with Senior discounts. The museum is small emphasizing folk art and the impact the French and English settlers had on the local area over the last 300 years. You can see it under 2 hours concentrating on the early French discovery of the new world by the French and it's explorers. What really was interesting to me, was the physical creation of the area by a meteorite occurring several thousand years ago which devastated the land for hundreds of miles; flattening and carving the region, now known as Charlevoix. The French called the Bay, Bad Bay (La Malbaie) as the river currents and ocean tides recede making it impossible to dock in the bay at certain times. The walk through the museum shows the history of colonial development from the beaver trapping days to logging and whaling. a good educational tour for sure. I asked the Docent and attendant what was the origin of the name, Charlevoix. And to their embarrassment, they didn't know? Later on, in the gift shop, we both started searching for an answer, she in a French text history book and I in the English version. We found the answer, jointly in the same history book. So, here is a short version. Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix, was a French Jesuit Priest who was assigned to document the history, culture and geography in the 1700s. He was commissioned by the King of France to survey the geography of New France and he was asked and hoped to find a suitable route through the Northwest Passage to trade in the far east, in particular Japan. Having completed a "History of New France", he returned in his later years & died in France. In honor of Charlevoix, the county, location and of course the Train to Malbaie is named in his honor. Great Museum....worth the visit.

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harry w
Burlington, Canada1,057 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Couples
There are some very nice early Canadian paintings from Paul Kane to the Group of Seven at the Desmarais gallery with a focus on Quebecoise artists. There are other galleries focusing on the life in 19th century Charlevoix and some fabulous naive art that tells stories of the changing faces of Quebec.
Written August 24, 2022
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arturofranz
La Habra, CA406 contributions
Oct. 2019
Our full day in La Malbaie started us at the Museum of Charlevoix, a short walk from our hotel, Au Peite Berger. No point in getting up early as most museums open around 10 am. Fees are reasonable with Senior discounts. The museum is small emphasizing folk art and the impact the French and English settlers had on the local area over the last 300 years. You can see it under 2 hours concentrating on the early French discovery of the new world by the French and it's explorers.

What really was interesting to me, was the physical creation of the area by a meteorite occurring several thousand years ago which devastated the land for hundreds of miles; flattening and carving the region, now known as Charlevoix. The French called the Bay, Bad Bay (La Malbaie) as the river currents and ocean tides recede making it impossible to dock in the bay at certain times.

The walk through the museum shows the history of colonial development from the beaver trapping days to logging and whaling. a good educational tour for sure.

I asked the Docent and attendant what was the origin of the name, Charlevoix. And to their embarrassment, they didn't know? Later on, in the gift shop, we both started searching for an answer, she in a French text history book and I in the English version. We found the answer, jointly in the same history book. So, here is a short version.

Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix, was a French Jesuit Priest who was assigned to document the history, culture and geography in the 1700s. He was commissioned by the King of France to survey the geography of New France and he was asked and hoped to find a suitable route through the Northwest Passage to trade in the far east, in particular Japan. Having completed a "History of New France", he returned in his later years & died in France. In honor of Charlevoix, the county, location and of course the Train to Malbaie is named in his honor.

Great Museum....worth the visit.
Written November 13, 2019
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ihor s
Toronto, Canada202 contributions
Aug. 2019
You would not think that you could find something astonishing at such place... but you can be wrong...

This museum is fabulous. They've got unique artifacts and also created some new in a nice naive ways to demonstrate the history and life of this region in the past.

It's very very interesting...

There are also exhibits of modern artists and there is a store with high quality art works.

Please do not miss this attraction.
Written August 20, 2019
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CanadianBarb2014
Caledon, Canada33 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Friends
This museum is about the folk art and local culture of the Charlevoix region...an unusual way of providing an insight into the history and way of life of ordinary people. The humour expressed in many of the pieces is delightful. Children would find lots to engages their attention, with a bit of adult guidance
Written July 22, 2019
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OttawaSheila
Ottawa, Canada58 contributions
Sep. 2017 • Couples
The Musee de Charlevoix has an extensive exhibit of historical and contemporary Charlevoix folk art. There was also a very interesting exhibition on Charlevoix women. You will need between 1 and 2 hours to enjoy both shows -- I wish I had had a full 2 hours there. Its an easy walk from the Manoir Richelieu and other accommodation in the Pointe-au-Pic sector.
Written September 13, 2017
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MarianneLabbb
Montreal, Canada45 contributions
Jul. 2017 • Couples
The feminist exhibit was interesting but mainly anecdotal. We found the permanent exhibit a bit lacking. The rooftop terrace was enjoyable, but was hardly worth the 8$ admission
Written July 30, 2017
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Jim C
New York City, NY68 contributions
Jul. 2017 • Couples
If travelling to eastern Quebec don't miss visiting this museum in La Malbie. It provides very interesting history of the Charlevoix both geologic and its inhabitants. Very reasonable admission and compact enough to see everything in an afternoon and avoid museum boredom for children. Location on the St Lawrence very attractive.
Written July 23, 2017
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BookishBeachGirl
Winnipeg, Canada122 contributions
Jul. 2016 • Couples
This museum is one that makes you feel like you know the local people better after you have visited it. The museum only has 2 galleries. One is telling the history of the area through local art and handicrafts. I found this to be a very effective way to experience the local flavour. The second gallery is all about cows. I know a whole more about cows than I did before going to this museum. I come from a farming background, so I found this gallery to be particularly interesting. I was looking for some cute cow trinket in the gift shop to mark my visit, but nothing was on offer. Too bad. I had to settle for some emu soap.
Written July 26, 2016
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Nile E
West Valley City, UT34 contributions
Jun. 2016 • Family
Saw this small museum as we driving the coast and decided to go ahead and stop. Very glad we did as learned a lot about the area that we did not know. The exhibits were well done and the price was adorable. ($20 for a family of 4). Glad we stopped!
Written June 9, 2016
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Mary H
Falmouth, MA17 contributions
Jul. 2015 • Family
Very well done exhibits in a lovely location. Takes about 1.5 hours to see all the exhibits. Good way to get a handle on the local history and geography, including the background on the huge meteorite that struck the region 450 million years ago.
Written July 16, 2015
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Musée de Charlevoix is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sat - Sun 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.