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Family destination

Families are most welcome at the Musée maritime du Québec. Everything has been thought through to make your visit enjoyable. The facilities and services have been designed with families in mind, whether you have very young kids or teenagers. The Museum staff makes sure that you enjoy quality time with the family, and admission is always free for children under 5!

A Rich and Diversified Program

COVID-19 | Because some activities involve the gathering of large numbers of people or because the space in some sectors of the museum is restricted, some areas will remain closed and some activities are postponed.

Daily at 1 p.m. during the summer, the Museum holds nautical workshops for families. Young and old are invited to participate by exploring various aspects of sailing. Building driftwood boats, learning how to tie knots, making ropes the old-fashion way, installing a mast and digging for underwater archeological finds what’s in store for you!  

Several other cultural activities are offered to families during the year. In winter, enjoy a unique experience by taking part in a short polar trek or popular Christmastime storytelling. In spring, join us for the Easter story and egg hunt. In summer, set out on the expedition Mud and Tidelands: an Adventure! In the fall, celebrate Halloween!

See the complete program to learn more about up to 85 different ways to explore the Museum! (Our bilingual interpreter guides can hold some of the workshops in both French and English if need be).

Interactive Exhibitions and Immersive Experiences

Several exhibitions include a responsive component. Your kids will enjoy the opportunity to interact with the various installations set up in the halls. No need to experience the Musée maritime du Québec only as a bystander. Jump into action! Interactive experiences will make your museum experience a memorable one.

Touring the ship museums is also an undeniable attraction for visitors, particularly for youth. They enjoy walking in the ship’s narrow passageways, exploring the pilot’s cabin and discovering the engine room. To heighten the experience, the Ernest Lapointe icebreaker has added a new audio installation to bring the ship back to life: sounds of ice cracking, engine room noise, audio signals… lending for a total immersion in this uncanny, mythical venue.

*The icebreaker is exceptionally unavailable due to a major project in the river park. It is scheduled to reopen in June 2022. Stay tuned!

Facilities meant for families

The Museum features all the amenities needed during your visit. For young families, there is a changing table, an elevator and a rest area. You can bring along a stroller to tour all the exhibitions. Drinks and healthy snacks are also offered at the Museum’s café. Le Cabestan shop has great gift ideas, in addition to books, games and clothing with seafaring designs for the whole family. 

See the Useful Information section for more information on the Museum facilities and services available nearby.