Musée des Ursulines

Musée des Ursulines information

Location
Québec City , Canada
Address
12 Rue Donnacona
Telephone
+1 418 694 0694
Getting there
Bus: 3, 7, 11
More information
www.ursulines-uc.com/musees.php
Prices
adult/youth/student $8/4/6
Opening hours
10am-5pm Tue-Sun May-Sep, 1-5pm Tue-Sun Oct-Apr
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The fascinating story of the Ursuline nuns’ lives and their influence in the 17th and 18th centuries is told in this thoughtful, well laid-out museum, which was fully renovated in 2011 to accommodate visitors with limited mobility. The sisters established the first girls’ school on the continent in 1641, educating both aboriginal and French girls. Marie de l’Incarnation, the founder, was one of the most intriguing figures from the order. Leaving a young son in France after she was widowed, she joined the Ursulines and moved to New France, where she lived well into old age. She taught herself Aboriginal languages and her frequent and eloquent letters to her son back in France are held by historians to be some of the richest and most valuable material available to scholars studying life in the French colony. The Ursulines were also expert embroiderers and many examples of their work are on display. There’s a lovely chapel at the same address. It dates from 1902 but retains some interiors from 1723.