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Galerie Art Inuit Brousseau et Brousseau
Ranked #10 of 75 Shopping in Quebec City
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Owner description: The museum has CLOSED following the transfer of the collection to the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec.
Brooklyn
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37 reviews
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“The best part of rue St Louis”
Reviewed 20 December 2011

Just fantastic Inuit carvings. It can get pricey, but you can negotiate. Do not buy ivory pieces if you're a Yankee. You'll never get it past customs and the store will not mail it to you. Sorry. Amusingly enough, as beautiful as the pieces are, the very best carvings were sent to the Museum of Civilization. If anything, if you cannot afford it, browse around. The staff doesn't mind and they were more than happy to answer questions.

Visited August 2011
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Washington, DC
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“A Must See in Quebec City”
Reviewed 11 August 2009

We passed by Galerie Art Inuit Brousseau on a carriage tour, and it was pointed out as one of the best Inuit art galleries in the world. What was in the window was amazing so I knew I'd be going back. The gallery used to be both a museum and a gallery and the quality of the pieces show. The museum portion is now part of a larger museum in Quebec, but after four days of visiting shops selling Inuit art, I thought the works here the absolute best in the city. Yes, it is expensive, but you get what you pay for. Staff was equally friendly to buyers and people clearly just in for a look. Even if you have no interest in buying, it's worth going to take a look and hear about the history and culture of the art.

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Brandon, Florida
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“Interesting but pricey”
Reviewed 6 January 2007

Like many galleries, this is really a shop.

The inuit art is interesting: it's mostly sculptures from stone or bone. The staff are fairly knowledgeable about the art - in a general sort of way - and where it comes from. They told me that the art is not particularly 'traditional' to the inuit culture. It is a modern income generating industry for some very isolated inuit communities. But I don't want to leave you with the impression that it's kitschy like some of the stuff you see in Africa, Turkey or China. The art is quite attractive and has grace and each piece appears relatively unique (although there are occasionally repeating themes of dancing polar bears and cairns).

I enjoyed looking over the works but to buy anything more than a small dust-gathering trinket was more than several hundred dollars. I mean, we're looking in the $1000s here. If you're able to allocate $thoundands in your budget to art, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you're supporting indigenous communities ... and around the world these communities and cultures are being rapidly eroded and our world is losing its diversity, so it's a good cause.

The 'gallery' is in the midst of other touristy shops and the city is quite small, so you'll probably come across it when you walk around. It's worth popping in for a quick visit.

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“Museum is closed - collection has been bought”
Reviewed 12 July 2005

July 2005 - went to this museum which I had previously visited & loved. There is still a superlative Inuit gallery run by the Brousseau family, but the museum no longer exists. The collection has been bought by a museum in Quebec and will be given a permanent home, although it is not operational yet. Sorry I don't have more details about which Museum, but the staffer told me that they were pleased the collection would stay in the city.

The gallery has many museum-quality pieces and is well worth a visit regardless. Staff members are generous with their time and enthusiastic about sharing information about the art and the artists whether you are browsing or buying.

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“Great Place”
Reviewed 2 December 2002

Great place to visit while in Quebec City! Strongly encourage to see!

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