Archaeological site | Exhibitions | Place of cultural discoveries and exchange 

SINCE 1984

AUX TROIS COUVENTS

history

The Côte-de-Beaupré was one of the first areas to have been settled by the Europeans in the St. Lawrence Valley, as early as the beginning of the 17th century. From the birth of the colony until 1763, the young seigneury welcomed about 170 families of French origin.

The region has many heritage sites including the 1653 seigneurial mill  and the first home of Samuel de Champlain built outside the walls of Québec. Another historic vestige is the first convent for the education of girls in the rural areas of New France that was built in 1694 at the instigation of the first bishop of the colony, Bishop François de Laval.

Aux Trois Couvents – The Three Convents – is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1984. At the time, it was located in the attic of the Petit-Pré mill (1695). Since 2002, it has been offering its cultural and educational programming in the twice renovated old convent of Château-Richer (1907) . The site has been listed as an archaeological heritage site since 2015. Long known as the Interpretation Centre of the Côte-de-Beaupré, the institution changed its name in 2016 and became Aux Trois Couvents.

MISSION STATEMENT

Aux Trois Couvents is dedicated to the transmission of regional history and heritage by showcasing and promoting the cultural identity of the Côte-de-Beaupré, particularly from a socio-ethnological point of view. A place for meeting and sharing , it strives to be an active witness of history and the promoter of today’s culture.

permanent exhibitions

Eyes on the 

Côte-de-Beaupré

Did you know that Québec would not have become what it is without the Côte-de-Beaupré? The first settlers landed here nearly 400 years ago. As New France’s breadbasket, it is the cradle of French America, where everything began. In this exhibition, you will visit the Côte-de-Beaupré as if you were flying over it, from the Montmorency Falls to Cap Tourmente. Come discover the historical treasures of each municipality and the built heritage that makes this region so unique.

The Old Convents’ site: past and present

The Côte-de-Beaupré yerritory has been occupied for over 400 years. Using artifacts uncovered during archaeological excavations and the archaeological trenches that allow us to see the foundations of the first convents, discover how the occupation of the site evolved from the Aboriginal period until today.

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Yesterday’s
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Immerse yourself in the history of an old reconstructed classroom. Travel back in time, the exhibition presents the evolution of rural education through time. Yes, you have the right to touch! Come and have fun!

TEMPORARY exhibitions

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Lise Vézina

From April 27 to June 21, 2018


Aux Trois Couvents is proud to present an exhibition of works by the artist Lise Vézina, who is particularly fond of engraving and photographic techniques.

SISTER ALICE PRUNEAU

From June 25 to September 4, 2018


Sister Alice Pruneau, a Sister of the Good Shepherd, occupies a unique place in the history of Quebec art as a « nun artist ». She studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Quebec City between 1940 and 1945, where she was taught by the famous painter Jean-Paul Lemieux.

Aux Trois Couvents is proud to exhibit some of her works which have rarele been seen by the public. The soeurs du Bon-Pasteur or Sisters of the Good Shepherd taught at the convent in Château-Richer in the second half of the 19th century.

This travelling exhibition was created by the Soeurs du Bon-Pasteur de Québec.

RATES AND OPENING HOURS

OUR RATES FOR INDIVIDUAL VISITORS

Adults : 6$
Seniors : 5$
Students : 4$
Children aged 12 and under : free !

OUR RATES FOR GROUPS

For organized groups : 5,25$ per visitor, taxes included

* A minimum of 10 people is required to make a group reservation.

OPENING HOURS

From June 4th to September 4th, 2018
Everyday from 10 AM to 5 PM

From September 4th, 2018 to June 3rd, 2019
Monday and Tuesday : closed

Wednesday to Friday : 9AM to 4PM
Saturday and Sunday : 12PM to 4PM

*Opening hours are subject to change. We recommend calling beforehand outside of the summer months.

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OUR CULTURAL PROGRAMMING

We offer the general public many activities throughout the year. Different formulas and a variety of themes are explored through animations, workshops, conferences and other events. There is something for everyone, it’s guaranteed!

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Film club
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Cultural evenings
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LECTURES
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Workshops

Originality & passion

Our team

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GENEVIÈVE BERGERON

Executive Director

direction@auxtroiscouvents.org

 

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MYRIAM MATHIEU-BÉDARD

Executive Assistant

in charge of Cultural activities and Collections

coordo@auxtroiscouvents.org

Our partners

To join us

7976, avenue Royale
Château-Richer
(Québec) G0A 1N0

Phone : 418 824-3677
Fax : 418 824-5907
Email :  info@auxtroiscouvents.org

Route 138 East (Sainte-Anne Boulevard)
Turn left on Dick Street
Turn left on Royale Avenue

Route 138 West (Sainte-Anne Boulevard)
Turn right on Dick Street
Turn left on Royale Avenue

Free parking to the right of the building
Bicycle dock on site

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