Who Are We?
About the Museum
Le Musée Des Religions Du monde is unique in North America. Come discover the fascinating universe of religious rites and their history. Learn about the captivating religious practices and beliefs of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity.
Explore the world and discover the diversity that enriches human nature by examining the similarities and differences between the five major world religions. Visit our varied temporary and permanent exhibits. You will find them both original and entertaining. The Museum offers a startling and colorful experience.
Irrefutably, the Musée des religions du monde will surpass your beliefs!
The Mission Of The Museum
The Musée des religions du monde is an exhibit and research institution dedicated to the preservation, study and transmission of the Québec, Canadian heritage encompassing several religions while including its Inuit and Amerindian dimensionality.
Our mission is also to make the Museum's collections on the major world traditions accessible to both specialized researchers and the general public.
The idea of opening a museum with an educational vocation, where the history of Québec and religious traditions are both promoted first came about in September 1981. A year later, the museum`s corporation was created and its first photography exhibit on the region`s religious treasures was launched. A propositional report was lodged by the executive committee in November of 1983.
In 1986, the Museum opened its doors in its temporary site located downtown Nicolet with the " Symboles en quatre temps " exhibit that brought together four major religious traditions. In 1988, thanks to federal and provincial grants-in-aid, the construction of a new building was initiated. Support from the city of Nicolet and an important fund-raising promoted the museum`s onset. Being a history, ethnography and religious art museum, it offers temporary exhibits based on the popular and communital significance that is the religious experience.
Legal accreditation & official opening
In 1989, the Ministery of Culture gave the museum its legal accreditation as an exposition centre. The official opening of the Museum in its present location was celebrated in August of 1991. Since then, over 140 exhibits have been presented.In November 2001, the Ministery of Communication and Culture provided the Museum with an accreditaion as a collection museum due to its management of important patrimonial collections.
Finally, it promotes the religious diversity by exposing objects that attest the spiritual dimension of man.
Honours and Awards
Since its creation, Le Musée des Religions du Monde has invested considerable effort to distinguish themselves in the tourism sector and become a staple in the Centre-du-Québec.
Over the years, the museum has seen its efforts rewarded at various honorary galas.
Honors and awards won by the Museum since the official opening in 1991 :
- 2012 : Gala des Grands prix du tourisme québécois régional, winner in the category Sight 25,000 visitors and less
- 2011 : Gala Inc. (Banquet des Seigneurs), winner in the category Business tourism and cultural
- 2011 : GalArt, the award winner Médiat-Muse
- 2011 : GalArt, winner in the category Heritage interpretation component
- 2011 : Gala reconnaissance à l'initiative Centre-du-Québec, winner in the category Promotion & Marketing
- 2010 : GalArt, winner in the category Heritage
- 2010 : GalArt, winner in the category Cultural Development
- 2009 : GalArt, winner in the category Environmental awareness
- 2009 : GalArt, winner in the category Cultural Tourism
- 2009 : Banquet des Seigneurs, finalist in the category Business tourism and cultural
- 2009 : Gala des Grands prix du tourisme québécois régional, winner in the category Sight 100 000 visitors and less
- 2008 : GalArt, winner in the category centricois cultural NPO
- 2008 : GalArt, winner in the category Heritage
- 2007 : Banquet des Seigneurs, finalist in the category Business tourism and cultural
- 1992 : Grand prix du tourisme québécois régional, winner in the Innovation category tourist
- 1991 : Copériades, winner in the category Tourism