Located in Battlefields Park, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec consists of three buildings representing three styles and periods. The Grand Hall, with its glass walls and vegetation-topped roof, serves as the reception area and
Located in Battlefields Park, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec consists of three buildings representing three styles and periods. The Grand Hall, with its glass walls and vegetation-topped roof, serves as the reception area and centerpiece of the museum. The Gerard-Morisset Building, designed by Wilfrid Lacroix, is a Neoclassical structure that until 1991 was the sole venue housing the museum. The final structure is the Charles-Baillairge Building, which formerly served as the Québec City prison. In fact, several prison cells were kept intact to illustrate prison life in the city in the 1900s.
Among its three buildings, the museum displays a collection of 33,000 works dating from the 17th century. Guests can see pieces by artists such as Joseph Legaré, Jean Paul Lemieux, and Mathieu Beauséjour. In 2005, the museum also purchased the Brousseau collection of Inuit Art, which features works from Baffin Island, Nunavut, Labrador and other regions of the Canadian arctic.
Aside from various guided tours of the art, guests can also take a guided tour of the jail. Led by a costumed guide, visitors will learn about prison life, the jailer's duties and executions.
The Musée national features a number of meeting venues. Its terrace can accommodate up to 800 guests for a reception, while its three meeting rooms are ideal for conference or classroom seating of 16 to 44 guests. The garden, Grand Hall, auditorium and restaurant are also available for functions.
The museum is open during the summer daily from 9 AM to 6 PM with extended hours Wednesday until 9 PM. During the rest of the year, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM with extended hours Wednesday until 9 PM. Tour schedules vary. Admission is CA$4 for youths ages 12-17 and CA$15 for adults. Admission is free for children under 12.