The Musée Acadien du Quebec à Bonaventure works to protect, preserve and communicate the compelling story of the Acadians of Quebec at both the regional and national levels through its exhibitions, live performances and research.
Information courtesy of the Musée acadien du Québec.
Facing Chaleur Bay, the Museum is located in the town of Bonaventure, founded in 1760 by Acadiens who fled deportation from New Brunswick. The impressive main building itself was built in 1914 and was originally an academy for boys. It was restored in 1990.
Other historical buildings on-site include:
Pavillon Orleans Express:
An old hangar from a former furniture store in Bonaventure now houses the work of artist Marcel Arsenault.
A former forge from the Robin Company dating back to the mid 19th century, the Pavillon now houses a gallery/boutique of Acadien/Gaspesian inspired visual arts.
Pavillon Gospel Chapel:
The most recent building added to the site is home to a shop that specializes in a variety of local food products.
Pavillon Grand Pré:
This building hosts the workshop/boutique Verre & Bulles which demonstrates methods of thermoforming and smelting glass objects, as well as soap-making. It is open year round.
“Une Acadie Québécoise” allows visitors to better understand the importance and specifics of the Acadian presence in Quebec. Collections, objects and photographs and a multimedia room make up the exhibit.
“Bonaventure en Miniatures” is another permanent exhibition which highlights the architectural heritage and maritime Bonaventure. It includes dozens of buildings on the scale of 1 / 12 representing the main street as well as the Beaubassin point.
Temporary exhibitions cover a variety of interesting topics. The museum also manages a travelling exhibition on the subject of Acadia, Gaspe History and Natural Science. Two of the travelling exhibitions include:
L’ArtCADIE: The ArtCADIE brings together the works of thirty-two professional artists from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, the Magdalen Islands and Gaspésie inspired by the theme "Visions de l’espace Acadian."
Mushrooms of the Baie-des-Chaleurs: An informative exhibition about the different families of mushrooms found in the region.
Gaspesian souvenir shop;
Educational programming for youth;
Free outdoor shows each Wednesday night from the end of June to the end of August, featuring performances by regional and Maritime artists.
[acadie.3.jpg]Open year round.
June 24 to early September: Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Early September to mid-October: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mid-October to early May: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Early May to June 24: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Seniors, students or groups: $5.00
Family: 1 parent + 2 children: $11.00
Family: 2 parents + 2 children: $15.00
Children under 6: Free
95, avenue Port-Royal