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“misnamed but great nonetheless”

Musee de la Civilisation
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Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #15 of 215 things to do in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This museum is characterized by its innovative and daring outlook. It defines itself as a seat of knowledge and ideas, a museum endowed with valuable collections, an education centre and a living memory. It is located in the region's capital, Quebec City, in the heart of an historic district and close to Place Royale.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“misnamed but great nonetheless”
Reviewed 23 November 2013

I went there expecting a traditional "pre-history to modern times" set of exhibits. That's not what this place is about but the exhibits are still very well laid out, interesting and instructive.
The video game exhibition was quite enlightening and is a good reminder for all of us old enough to remember Pong how fast technology is evolving and what passed as "technological edge" not that long ago.

Note that there is a rebate system so you can enter for a much reduced price if you have gone to the musee de l'amerique franchise. Just be sure to keep your ticket.

Visited September 2013
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New Jersey
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Loved the video game exhibit! Some confusion about photography, though”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

We definitely loved the video game exhibit. Not just that we could see them, but that we could play them, too! What a great trip down memory lane! There was confusion about photography, though. Upon entering the museum, we were told that we could take pictures inside the exhibit. There was also a sign that said photography was allowed. Once we started taking pictures, a guard came over and stopped us. We tried asking questions, but we don't speak French and he didn't speak English. So, we just put the cameras away and everything seemed fine.

Visited May 2013
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Sherwood Park, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Interesting Museum”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Our boys loved the history of video games exhibit and we loved the Paris exhibit. It wasn't quite what we expected but we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The gift shop is quite nice and reasonably priced for many of their items.

Visited November 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
“Excellent exhibition on old Paris”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

The museum has a number of exhibitions one of which was on old Paris. We had a guided tour which was exceptional. The guide had amazing knowledge and brought the whole era to life. Two of the other exhibits were too modern art for our tastes. They also had one on electronic gaming history. This was wonderful plus you could play all the games. There were additional exhibits that we never had time to visit.

Visited November 2013
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Rouses Point, New York
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“Fantastic and quite unexpected”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

Great exhibits - added a quite an unexpected pleasure visiting this beautiful city. We expected something on the history of Quebec, but special exhibits on Paris and Haitian art very a pure delight.

Visited November 2013
Thank Ewa817
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