Educational Programs

*** COVID-19: The museum is temporarily closed from October 1st to October 28th 2020


The Musée maritime du Québec’s programming seeks to allow visitors to experience the history and maritime heritage of the St. Lawrence River from the Great Lakes to the high seas, including the Arctic territories. The educational program offers students the possibility of exploring the maritime world through social studies, science and the arts.

Download the 2018-2019 educational activities programming brochure Programme_activites_educatives_2019_2020_sept2019final in PDF format – in French only. It contains information on the exhibitions and various activities offered at the Museum.

2018 – 2019 PROGRAMMING


Permanent Exhibitions 

Sea Roots

This exhibition showcases unique maritime artefacts from the 19th and 20th centuries and authentic tales of adventures and shipwrecks that bear witness to the strong ties that bind Quebecers to the St. Lawrence.

Duration: 30 minutes

Target clientele: all levels

Captain Joseph-Elzéar Bernier, 1852-1934

Learn about this son of L’Islet, a captain at age 17and an internationally renowned navigator. Follow his career that culminated in providing Canada with an Arctic frontier. The Museum is dedicated to the memory of this captain.

Duration: 20 minutes

Target clientele: all levels

The Ship Model Reserve

Enter this mysterious reserve in the Museum and admire more than 200 scale models of boats and ships that have marked the history of Quebec and Canada.

Duration: 50 minutes

Target clientele: all levels

A Boathouse that sparks an interest in sailing!

New, starting July 4, 2018

A tour of the all-new exhibition at the Boathouse allows visitors to find out about the importance of traditional small watercraft in Quebec. Learn about the many types of small boats used on the river and its tributaries.

Duration: 45 minutes

Target clientele: all levels


The Icebreaker NGCC Ernest Lapointe

Board the icebreaker NGCC Ernest-Lapointe, a proud Canadian Coast Guard retiree. Visit the ship from the engine room to the captain’s quarters.

Duration: 50 minutes

Target clientele: all levels

The Hydrofoil NCSM Bras D’or FHE-400

Explore this experimental ship of the Royal Canadian Navy built to detect submarines during the Cold War. Avantgarde prototype designed to skim over the water.

Duration: 50 minutes

Target clientele: elementary cycle 2 and 3 students and secondary cycle 1 and 2 students

Temporary Exhibition

Ships that sailed nowhere

July 5, 2017 to April 1, 2019

This temporary exhibition sheds light on the captivating story of the lightships of the St. Lawrence and the men who manned them.

Duration: 30 minutes

Target clientele: elementary cycle 2 and 3 students