LIFE IN NEW FRANCE Elementary cycles 2 and 3 and secondary 2 and 4 Discover the life of French colonists who settled in America in the 18th century through a visit of the permanent exhibition, as well as an encounter with an historian. The students observe, handle and analyze a collection of French Canadian objects to illustrate daily life in New France such as agriculture, clothing, commerce and war.
FIRST NATIONS AND FRENCH CANADIANS OF THE PAST Elementary cycles 2 and 3 and secondary 2 and 4 The life of First Nations of North America before European settlement and French Canadians is discovered through a visit of the permanent exhibition, as well as an encounter with an archaeologist. Students observe, handle and analyze replicas of prehistoric objects and compare them with authentic objects used in French Canada.
THE SCIENCE OF ARTISANS: WOOD New workshop! Elementary cycles 1, 2 and 3 and secondary 1 and 2 The science of wood explores the properties and uses of different kinds of wood along with the work of carpenters and sculptors. The exhibition shows furniture and statues that illustrate the concepts of density and grain as well as the effects of humidity on the construction and conservation of wooden objects. In the workshop, they create a mosaic from exotic woods or a house model.
THE SCIENCE OF ARTISANS: METAL Elementary cycles 1, 2 and 3 and secondary 1 and 2 The science of metal explains the properties and uses of metals worked by blacksmiths, tinsmiths and silversmiths. A film featuring a cutler discusses the scientific concepts of metal and how she uses them to make all kinds of knives. As a conclusion, they make an embossed rooster or a lantern in the workshop.
THE SCIENCE OF ARTISANS: TEXTILE Preschool and elementary cycles 1, 2 and 3 The science of textiles introduces the students to the process of making clothes, blankets, carpets and other objects of fabric used in the past. The focus is on the trade of the weaver and her tools. A film shows the transformation process of wool and linen as well as three contemporary artisans. Finally, the students make a bracelet, a decorative quilt or learn the technique of hooked rugs in the workshop.
THE SCIENCE OF ARTISANS: CERAMIC Preschool and elementary cycles 1, 2 and 3 The science of ceramic shows students the different kinds of clay used by Quebec potters to make all kinds of wares used in the daily life of our ancestors. A film showing a contemporary potter at work on his wheel gives the students a first contact with ceramic. The students then make a container from clay using a traditional technique.
THE COLLECTION Elementary cycles 2 and 3 The Museum's collection is full of fascinating objects and tools that allow students to discover the trades of the blacksmith, tinsmith, carpenter, potter and weaver. Through a guided tour of the exhibition, they gain a sense of the value of the collection and the artisan's work while learning the function and importance of a museum. A creative workshop completes the program.
For preschool, we offer the visit called "One upon a time..." Once upon a time… there was a family of French settlers. Here’s a story that the children can experience for themselves while discovering life in the past through characters and games. The exhibition becomes an imaginary village that they explore in search of the artisans that can provide them with the objects necessary to live in New-France. An artistic workshop allows them to leave with a souvenir of their adventure.