Women and Children First

The exhibition, Women and Children First, presents Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive at the time of the Chantiers maritimes de Charlevoix (1946-1972). Visitors will discover ancient photographs and artifacts testifying to the daily life of the village between river and mountain. While cabotage/coastal navigation on the river was a major economic activity, the whole village was busy on the outskirts of the site. The exhibition highlights those who remained at the dock: women and children.

Great Works, Small Vessels

These models are fascinating! There beauty and finesse of execution will capture the hidden ''sailor'' in your soul. From tools essential to the work of the carpenter, the models have gradually become objects and witnesses of history... in small format. The exhibition Great Works, Small Vessels brings together pieces from the Musée maritime de Charlevoix. The exhibition highlights model designers from the region who have dedicated their lives to the maritime industry and their free time to the construction of miniature marvels.

Card Game

Card Game, a temporary exhibition designed by Laval University and presented by the Musée maritime de Charlevoix, tells the story of five centuries of hydrography from New France to Quebec 2.0. Maps, sometimes paper, sometimes digital, show the majestic St. Lawrence in a unique light. Between compass, astrolabe, sextant and other instruments of navigation and hydrographic surveys of various times, visitors are invited to go up the St Lawrence from Tadoussac to Quebec City to discover the vast Quebec expertise in the maritime field.

To Drive the Great River

The pilots of the St. Lawrence exhibits an unknown profession. For the last few hundred years, they have enabled ships from all over the world to make safe journeys on the St. Lawrence. Presented by the Corporation des pilotes du Bas Saint-Laurent and the Musée maritime de Charlevoix, the exhibition tells the story of driving and its history, its outstanding figures, their courage, the beauties and the dangers encountered.


Sailing Under Full Canvas

Sailing Under Full Canvas pays tribute to Captain Joseph-Arthur “à Zélada” Desgagnés (1903-1998). A native of the town who sailed for nearly 60 years, Captain Desgagnés was alive during the golden age of sail-powered and motor schooners. The exhibition showcases objects that belonged to the captain, as well as several paintings created after he retired from coasting.

Photo credit: Pierre Roche 

Ropework Ahead

Presented in a former lighthouse, Ropework Ahead is a small exhibition that teaches about the various parts of the rigging on sail-powered schooners’: their use, their function and the most common types of fibres used.