Thanks to Quebec's long history, it's home to many places to learn something new. You can’t visit Quebec City and neglect the historic core – bring your comfiest walking shoes, because you’ll want to explore every ornate nook and cranny here. Quebec City has several libraries for the well-read locals, and you'll find historic institutions and modern facilities with vast collections in both English and French.

    With major museums boasting world-class collections, as well as historic homes of noted residents from the past, you're bound to develop a deep appreciation of the city during your stay. It also has its share of grand theatres that create the perfect backdrop for big, audience-pleasing productions. With opera, ballet, and classical music also on the agenda, all cultural boxes are nimbly ticked. Follow us through a selection of Quebec City’s arts and culture venues.


    Old Quebec

    A world heritage treasure

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    Cobbled streets, old churches, al fresco dining spots and a serene atmosphere all await in Old Quebec. The Upper Town is famed for the towering, red brick Château Frontenac.

    As you walk down the steps to the Lower Town, you'll see the harbour, as well as the chic boutiques and restaurants lining the labyrinth of quaint streets and alleys.

    Location: Vieux-Québec, Quebec City, QC, Canada


    Morrin Centre

    A haven for the well-read

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    This 18th century building has had many different functions over the years, from being Quebec's first jailhouse to a college. 

    It's now home of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec, although in addition to being able to see the huge collections of books and rare manuscripts, you can also tour some of the original prison cells and see the remnants of the building's former life.

    Location: 44 Chaussée des Écossais, Québec, QC G1R 4H3, Canada

    Open: Wednesday–Friday and Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm, Tuesday from 12 pm to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, closed on Mondays

    Phone: +1 418-694-9147


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    Musée des Ursulines de Quebec

    Among North America's oldest educational institutes

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    Housed in a convent dating back to the mid-17th century, the Musée des Ursulines de Quebec gives a unique insight into the lives of Quebec's Ursuline nuns. The convent is the oldest educational institute in North America that teaches girls, with a school still functional on site. 

    The museum lets visitors explore what life was like for the nuns, with many well-preserved artworks on display, and the guided tours are as close to a trip back in time as you can imagine.

    Location: 12 Rue Donnacona, Québec, QC G1R 3Y7, Canada

    Open: May–September: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. October–April: Tuesday–Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm. Closed on Mondays

    Phone: +1 418 694 0694


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    Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec

    Enter a wonderful world of Canadian art

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    The Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec is a unique historic building which encompasses an antiquated prison structure, sitting amid well-manicured park land. 

    Step inside and you’ll be in a world of oil paintings and sculptures – many by the most famous creative figures in Canada, as well as touring exhibitions of art by global names.

    Location: 179 Grande Allée Ouest, Québec, QC G1R 2H1, Canada

    Open: Tuesday and Thursday–Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesday from 10 am to 9 pm, closed on Mondays

    Phone: +1 418-643-2150


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    Capitole de Quebec

    A capital for cabarets

    A quaint Beaux Arts theatre with red velvet curtains and gold accents, the Capitole de Quebec has an intimate atmosphere, and this makes the perfect venue for live music, opera, and the occasional outrageously decadent cabaret show.

    Location: 972 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1R5, Canada

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to late at night, Saturday and Sunday from 5.30 pm to late at night

    Phone: +1 418-694-3333


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    Grand Théâtre de Quebec

    Enjoy a Broadway musical

    With a rather drab concrete and glass exterior, the Grand Théâtre de Quebec may lack the opulent glamor of Quebec’s older buildings, but when you step inside its theatres, you'll see why it's one of the city's most prominent venues. 

    The perfect acoustics make it the best spot for classical and contemporary music, and there's a large stage where you'll find dance galas, comedy shows, musicals, and many other major performances.

    Location: 269 Boulevard René-Lévesque E, Québec, QC G1R 2B3, Canada

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 12 pm to 5 pm, closed on Sundays (box office)

    Phone: +1 418-643-8131


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