Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Quebec City’s Musée du Fort offers a sensational and educative 30-minute light and sound show that chronicles the history of the city’s six sieges, including the now infamous battle of the Plains of Abraham. These events almost come to life on an impressive 400 square feet model of 1750 Quebec City, thus allowing visitors to easily yet fully comprehend the strategic issues and characters at the heart of these sieges, all while keeping in mind that they took place in the only fortified city north of Mexico.
Musée du Fort is located on Rue Sainte-Anne in the upper part of Old Quebec City. It is not recommended to get there by car as parking is scarce and the museum is a stone throw’s from the main attractions; instead, park outside the old part of town at the paid parking on rue Dalhousie. Alternatively, the museum can be reached by funicular from the lower part of Old Quebec City or by buses 3, 11 or 21 at stop du Fort / de Buade. The museum is open Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm between January and March as well as between October and December, and from 10am to 5pm between March and October. It is closed in December and January, except between December 26 and January 8. English-speaking shows are usually presented on the hour, but the schedule may vary throughout the year. Entry costs $8 per adult, $6 per student, and is free of charge for children under the age of 10.