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Useful information

Finding the Museum

The Musée maritime du Québec is located in L’Islet (L’Islet-sur-Mer sector), in Chaudière-Appalaches, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence. For a one-hour’s drive from the bridges to Québec City, take the Jean-Lesage Highway (Highway 20) or the Route des Navigateurs (Route 132 East).  

Biking to the Museum

Whether you live in Montmagny, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli or elsewhere in the area, you can bike along Route 132 to the Museum. Once on site, you can lock your bike to one of our stands at the entrance of the Museum.

Visiting Hours

Visit the Museum at your own pace. Some people spend an entire day on the premises, while others, a few hours. Spend as much time as you wish on site, except for the scale model reserve. A guide must accompany you to visit this hall. Moreover, plan a guided tour on board the Bras d’Or from June to August. Obtain more information and reserve your place at the reception desk as soon as you arrive!

Premises Parking

Parking at the Musée maritime du Québec is always free of charge. You will find parking spaces in front of the Museum, on the eastern side of the building, and across the street from the Museum.

The Museum’s Café

Would you like to eat on site? Drop by the Museum’s café for a break between two exhibitions. The café sells snacks, sweets, specialty teas and roast coffee from café Bonté divine in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli. Relax indoors or on our terrace with a view of the St. Lawrence!

A Picnic at the Museum

Picnics are also allowed at the Museum. In summertime, set down your picnic basket in the waterfront park to fully enjoy the fresh air and admire the splendid view of the St. Lawrence River and the Charlevoix mountains. Did you know that Tourisme Chaudière-Appalaches offers a gourmet trip concept for you to discover a number of local producers and restaurants? Find out more here!

Restaurant Service

For a complete lunch or dinner, visit the website of Tourisme Chaudière-Appalaches, in the section of L’Islet region. There you will find excellent gourmet addresses close to the Museum.  

Accessibility for Persons with Reduced Mobility

The Musée maritime du Québec is certified Kéroul. This means that the institution provides universal access to the main building and exhibitions. However, access to ship museums remains limited, given the many stairs when touring the ships.

Cloakroom and Lockers

A self-serve cloakroom is available next to the building’s main entrance. Secured lockers are also available free of charge to visitors. Obtain more information at the Museum’s reception desk!

Photos and Videos

Visitors are allowed to take pictures and videos at the Musée maritime du Québec. However, you are asked to not use any flashes or tripods. Therefore, you will help preserve the artefacts for future generations.

What else is there to do in the region?

The Musée maritime is located in Chaudière-Appalaches, in the L’Islet region. Extend your visit to our museum with a unique stay in the area. Discover this magnificent part of Quebec nestled between the St. Lawrence River and the Appalachian range of mountains.

Come summer or winter, many cultural, sport and family activities are available. To find out more about our region and plan your stay, visit Destination L’Islet