Le Centre national de conservation et d’études des collections
The Musée de la civilisation is the guardian of rich collections of over 225,000 objects that reflect the living environments, daily life, work, knowledge and know-how, leisure activities, aspirations, achievements and the relationships with the world of all people who live in Québec.
They are stored at the Centre national de conservation et d’études des collections in Québec City and are divided among nine storage rooms according to their individual requirements.
The humidity and temperature are carefully controlled for each storage room based on the objects it contains, guaranteeing optimal conservation conditions. A storage system on rails maximizes space while the detailed classification and identification system makes it easy to find each object. The facility is housed in an imposing 8,546-m2 building designed by architect Pierre Thibault.
Since 1995, the CNCEC has also been responsible for nearly 195,000 rare and historical volumes and 1.2 linear kilometres of priceless historical archives from the Séminaire de Québec. These archives are kept at the Pavillon Jérôme-Demers, located on the historic site of the Séminaire. They reflect Québec’s history and relationship to the world. No fewer than 11,012 documents have been listed on the prestigious UNESCO Memory of the World International Register since 2007 and on the Canada Memory of the World Register since 2018, due to their historical value, consistency and uniqueness.