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The Québec Parliament Building and the National Assembly Library regularly house thematic exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

The Library’s Treasures

In 2008, the National Assembly Library established a restoration program for its collection of rare books to protect and, as part of an exhibition, display the documentary heritage of the National Assembly. So far, 78 books have been restored thanks to the program.

Since 2008, the National Assembly Library has been presenting the exhibition The Library’s Treasures. For the 5th edition, we are showcasing the restorative work done on some of the Library’s most exquisite rare and old books. Some of the books have been scanned and made available in the virtual version of this exhibition.

Free guided tours are also available (45 minutes).

For more information (French only)

Virtual Exhibition (French only)

 

Permanent Exhibitions

From Chapel to Parliament

This exhibition, presented in the reception pavilion, consists of engravings, stereoscopic cards, manuscripts and heritage objects recounting the history of the parliaments located in the city of Québec from 1792 to today.

 

The Parliament Building Through the Years

An overview of how the profession of architect has evolved is presented in the reception pavilion, where two display cases exhibit tools and documents from two periods: the construction of the original Parliament building at the end of the 19th century, and the construction of the reception pavilion, which opened its doors in 2019.

 

Comprendre-Ressentir-Agir-Inspirer (Understand-Feel-Act-Inspire)

Located in the Parliament Building and divided into four zones, this exhibition provides an overview of Parliament Hill and the people who contribute to democratic life in Quebec.

The Comprendre zone contains a large transparent model showing aspects of the Parliament Building in its physical environment. The interpretive panels on one side tell you about the designer of the building, Eugène-Étienne Taché, and, on the other side, the way the urban environment on Parliament Hill has changed over the years.

The Ressentir zone invites you to appreciate the talent of the generations of Québec artists who have contributed to the Parliament Building’s decor. In addition to the paintings, the artists created many different emblematic art forms with glass, wood, stone and bronze.

The main purpose of the Agir zone is to show the various ways you can participate in Québec’s political and parliamentary life.

The Inspirer zone highlights the importance of artists’ social and political engagement in all forms of civic life. Thanks to their original ways of looking at the world and their works, artists are unique witnesses to their time, and in some cases powerful inspirational forces for change.

 

Virtual Exhibitions

Take a fascinating trip through time by exploring virtual exhibitions that showcase documents and objects from the National Assembly's heritage collection.

To make the most of your virtual experience, adjust your screen resolution to 1280 x 1024 pixels. Please note that some files are heavy and downloading them, especially the video clips, may take a while.