Sarah Bernhardt

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Immerse yourself in the effervescence of Belle Époque Paris—that great hub of art and pleasure! Learn about its iconic places, people, and events in an enthralling ambiance and evocative décor that puts you in the heart of the action. It’s a rare opportunity for art aficionados, the nostalgic at heart, and anyone who wants to relive those exciting days!

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Immersive atmosphere

By Cirque Éloize

Get ready to be swept away in a whirlwind of magical moments, glimpses frozen in time, and attractions. A contemporary recreation of a place and time that sparks the senses. Get to know the iconic places and events that forged our image of this pivotal era. Step into the scenes of a film and lose yourself in the fun as you stroll through the Paris streets, from 1889 to 1914.

Art and history Lovers

An outstanding collection of 250 works of art and artifacts with remarkable pieces from the most prestigious Paris museums.

  • 26 original posters from Toulouse-Lautrec and Mucha
  • Sculptures, including Camille Claudel’s statue of Rodin
  • Clairin’s portrait of Sarah Bernhardt
  • Fernand Pelez’s Grimaces et misères
  • Adolphe Willette’s enigmatic Parce Domine
  • Works by Béraud, Truchet, and others depicting Parisian life
  • Art nouveau glasswork by Gallé, Daum, and Lalique
  • Finely worked jewelry and gold- and emerald-decorated combs

Les Halles

Thanks to financial contribution of Rungis International Market, Musée de la civilisation de Québec and Petit Palais in Paris worked together to restore Léon Lhermitte’s Les Halles. This enormous canvas emerges from the reserves for the first time since the 1930s, and Québec audiences will be the first to see it.

See the impressive installation in pictures

The 4 m x 6.3 m depicts the central market, Paris’s largest market at the end of the 19th century and a focal point of Parisian existence.

Four months’ work went into this restoration, including

  • New aluminum stretcher bars
  • Lining to strengthen the canvas
  • Varnish and paint layer blending
  • Repair of a tear
  • Cleaning of plaster and other residue

After its visit to Québec City, the work will take its place in the gallery of large works by French 19th century artists at Petit Palais.

Children’s iPod Tour


Children age 6 to 10 find out about Belle Époque Paris as they wander the streets in the company of Titi, a laborer’s son and street urchin.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pick up iPods at the exhibition’s audioguide station.

Café Concert

Museum Café-Concert – musical entertainment

With singer-songwriter Steve Normandin: every weekend in summer, the Museum’s inner courtyard is transformed into a Belle Époque café concert, featuring French music the way it was performed at Parisian café concerts.

Schedule and Admission

Saturdays and Sundays
June 29 to August 25, 2013
Shows at 12:30 and 2 p.m. Free.

In the event of rain, the event will take place in the lobby.

Events and activities

Daily Workshop

Discover the use of arches in Parisian architecture.

Schedule and Admission

Monday through Friday
June 25 through August 16, 2013
Hall – 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:45. Free.

Discover our partners events and spin on Paris!


Thirteen authors and numerous specialist collaborators paint a vivid picture of the Belle Époque—those sizzling times of an emerging mass culture. Interviews, original articles, archival images from prestigious institutions, and unpublished collections: the show never stops!

$19.95. Sold at museum shop and local bookstores.

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3 Museum Discovery Package

(including Musée de l’Amérique francophone and Musée de la place Royale)

How to Get Here

Musée de la civilisation


85, rue Dalhousie, Québec (QC) G1K 8R2
418 643-2158