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MUSEE DU FORT – QUEBEC CITY
Diorama Military History Show

Musee du Fort Quebec City Rue St Anne photoOne of the most popular attractions in Quebec City, partly due to its ideal can’t miss it location in a 200 year old building interesting in itself, and boasting almost a million visitors since it opened 45 years ago - despite its name, the Musée du Fort is not precisely a museum, but rather a miniature historical diorama model and performance show which takes its name from the fortification of the city in its early days. For adults, a brief history lesson than can make a visit to the real locations of famous battles around Quebec City more interesting for and for kids, an entertaining show of models, lights and color.

Miniature Ships and Quebec St Lawrence photoAfter seating in the little theater looking on the detailed 400 square foot panoramic diorama miniature model of the walled Quebec City, including soldier regiments in battle positions, ships on the St Lawrence River, and the outlying regions to Montmorency Falls as they were circa 1750 to 1775, a guide gives a brief introduction and the show starts. Lasting 30 minutes, told with voices, sounds, accompanying light effects, and video projections, the presentation tells the story of the conflicts between the English and the French for control of Quebec, then called New France and the six military sieges of Quebec City, from the famous battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1859 to the lesser known ill-fated attempt by Benedict Arnold to seize the British controlled city in the early days of the American Revolution in 1775 - before his more better known later infamy.

Aside from the diorama theater are a few other exhibits and artifacts relating to the story of the timeline of the colony of New France. The shows are presented in English on every hour, and in French on the half hour. For a more detailed look at the battle of the Plains of Abraham, you can visit the Plains Of Abraham Museum located on the upper floors of the tourist office at the edge of the actual battlefield park outside the old city walls, and for more soldiers and military stuff, the museum at the Citadel Fortress (see Quebec Citadel Regiment Museum). If miniatures are your thing, a miniature of modern Quebec City ond other metropolises built of Legos blocks, the Ludavico miniature can be found on the ground floors of to the Hilton Hotel.

Visiting The Musee du Fort

The Musee du Fort is found in the center of Old Quebec at the Place d’Arme on the corner of the Rue St Anne across the square from the Chateau Frontenac Hotel (see Chateau Frontenac Guided Tour). From March to November the exhibition is open daily from 10am to 5pm, and 11am to 4pm during the winter months. Admission for adults is $8, seniors $6, students $5 and children under 10 free. © Bargain Travel West

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