About the Museum

Façade du Musée maritime du Québec


The Museum was founded in 1968 by the Association des marins de la vallée du Saint-Laurent. The Musée maritime du Québec (Musée maritime Bernier) was accredited by Quebec’s Department of Culture and Communications in 1975, conferring upon the Museum recognized status.

A first renovation phase and upgrade to museum standards was undertaken in 1983. Between 2008 and 2011, a second major phase included the extension of the main pavilion, the restoration of various building components and the connection of the Boathouse to the new reception area.

All this work has enhanced the status of the Musée maritime du Québec and the truly high-quality environment to be found in an exceptional location along the shores of the St. Lawrence River.

The Experience Proposed

Visit the Museum to relive the daily lives of sailors and explore events, places and issues that have marked the maritime history of Quebec:

  • Three impressive ship museums
  • Three permanent exhibitions, including a boathouse presenting watercraft typical to this region of the river
  • A ship model reserve with more than 200 scale models of watercraft that have marked the maritime history of Quebec and Canada
  • Temporary exhibitions on maritime themes
  • A river park
  • Vibrant cultural and educational programming for all ages

Today, the Musée maritime du Québec is the custodian of a collection of more than 15,000 artefacts, maps, books and old documents. This cultural evidence is one of the richest maritime heritage collections in Quebec and Canada. The collection reflects the many connections that bind Quebecers to the St. Lawrence River.