Sunday, October 4, 2015

Musée des Beaux-Artes du Québec

Going back to our Eastern Canada trip, the highlight yesterday was a visit to the beautiful Quebec art museum. One of the buildings is a renovated 1867 prison.

Here's Harry in the central part of the building looking down a couple of floors.

Below you can see the watch tower, now a permanent art display and on the right one of the cells. A row of them have been kept to show the sadder history of the building.

Now it's a light filled place of art.

We really enjoyed seeing an exhibit about four 20th century Quebec artists, each featured in their own large gallery.

Jean Paul Riopelle

Alfred Pellan

Fernand Leduc

and Jean Paul Lemieux.

We enjoyed seeing these artists, most of whom aren't well known outside of Quebec.

Here's a view out of one of the museum's upper windows. Across the river is another city; on this side you can see some of the coloured leaves, although most seem to have been blown off by a recent storm.

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch in the museum's restaurant where they serve a set price lunch made with local ingredients. I loved this elegant luncheon.

I also loved this tiny Inuit carving of a dancing bear. It was only about thee inches tall. The museum has a gallery dedicated to Inuit carvings of all sizes.
Finally, just a glimpse of our lovely hotel room. It's in an old building in vieux Quebec, the upper town. This is the view out the bathroom window, and below a look at the room.


  1. That's one part of Quebec City I've never gotten into, but I do know of it.

  2. Beautiful building sad history.
    Really like the Alfred Pellan and the tiny Inuit Bear.

    cheers, parsnip


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