Séminaire de Québec

Québec City

Founded in 1663 by Francis-Xavier de Montmorency-Laval, New France's first bishop, and canonized in 2014 as St François de Laval, this Roman Catholic seminary around an enormous courtyard is one of the city's oldest institutions. It now contains the Musée de l'Amérique Francophone and its Chapelle du Musée.

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1. Musée de l'Amérique Francophone

0.06 MILES

Anchor tenant of the 17th-century Séminaire de Québec, this breathtakingly thorough museum is purported to be Canada’s oldest. Enter via the awesome…

3. Musée du Fort

0.15 MILES

Now into its sixth decade, this minimuseum houses a 30-minute multimedia show that chronicles centuries of attacks on Québec City. It’s all played out on…

4. Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

0.15 MILES

Consecrated in 1804, this handsome church was the first Anglican cathedral built outside the British Isles. Designed by two officers from the British army…

5. Édifice Price

0.15 MILES

This art-deco 'skyscraper,' modeled after New York City's Empire State Building, opened in 1929 and for decades the 80m, 17-story structure dominated the…

6. Musée de la Civilisation

0.18 MILES

This world-class museum wows even before you’ve clapped your eyes on the exhibits. It is a fascinating mix of modern design that incorporates preexisting…

7. Fresque des Québécois

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An obligatory photo stop on any tour of the Old Lower Town, this whimsical multistory trompe-l'oeil mural was painted in 1998 by a group of artists from…

8. Musée des Ursulines


Housed in a historic convent, this thoughtful, well-laid-out and wheelchair-accessible museum tells the fascinating story of the Ursuline nuns’ lives and…