Golden masterpieces, liturgical artifacts, and other sumptuous works of art hidden away for centuries in churches and monasteries can now be admired on an extraordinary treasure hunt within the city walls.

Chalice. France, c. 1673. Solid silver and gold (vermeil). Musée de la civilisation collection.  | Credit:  Nicolas Dolin
Credit: Nicolas Dolin

A Treasure Trove of Museums

Québec is a four-century-old city of gold, with a wealth of masterworks all its own—each collection of rare and shining artifacts more beautiful than the last.

Musée des Ursulines de Québec
In 1639 the Ursuline nuns established a sacred-art studio dedicated to embroidery, painting, and goldwork to adorn the city’s chapels and churches.

Musée Bon-Pasteur (Good Shepherd Museum)
Symbolism helps us better understand the secrets of sacred art. And this museum is a great place to start.

Musée de l'Amérique française
The Séminaire de Québec collection boasts thousands of liturgical artifacts, paintings, engravings, sculptures, and rare books. Many other splendid artifacts are on display in the People of Québec… Then and Now exhibition at Musée de la civilisation.

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
The Québec City, The Art of a Colonial Capital exhibition showcases Québec City’s role as an art capital, featuring magnificent paintings and religious sculptures.

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Claude François (Brother Luc). Guardian Angel. 1671. Oil on canvas. MNBAQ collection.

A Treasure Box of Churches

The Québec City area is tops in all Québec for classified churches and chapels. Their centuries-old architecture watches over priceless treasures.

La Corporation du patrimoine et du tourisme religieux de Québec
offers guided tours and walking trails to discover our city’s impressive religious heritage.

La Côte-de-Beaupré
The oldest parishes of New France still proudly display the gifts bequeathed to them by the generous Monsignor de Laval and Séminaire de Québec.

Portneuf
From the extravagance of baroque to the canons of neoclassicism, renowned local artists left some outstanding works behind in the churches of Portneuf.

En Jacques-Cartier
Discover radiant works in magical surroundings where nature and religious art live in harmony.

Île d'Orléans
Canada’s second-oldest parish is home to a remarkable collection of works by artists who have gone down in history.

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