If you find yourself in upper Old Town on a rainy day, this small museum, in the main square of Upper Old Town (more or less opposite the impressive Chateau Frontenac), is a good place to spend part of it. It has some exhibits about the history of Quebec and Quebec City, but its most interesting feature is a half-hour sound-and-light show, which is quite educational as well as reasonably entertaining. It is available in both French and English; different showings are narrated in different languages, rather than having several languages piped in simultaneously in headsets as happens in some other museums. The show is set in a large diorama showing an aerial view of Quebec City and environs, including the river, with several large sailing ships on it. Lights dotted different areas and video projections showed the river and the wall behind the diorama as the recorded narration proceeded. It told about not only the famous Plain of Abraham battle but a lot of other battles before and, mostly, after, including an early U.S. attempt to invade Canada. As my husband and I had found with other historical presentations in Quebec, there was quite an emphasis on the persistence of the indomitable French culture in the face of the various waves of bossy English-speaking folks.
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