Past exhibitions

histoires fantastiques_mythes et légendes de chez nous[toggle title=”Fantastic Tales, Our Myths and Legends”]

Take a journey into the heart of a fantastic universe, through stories captured from Quebec, Canadian, and native folklore. Presented in the form of a strange village, this exhibition will focus on a world inhabited by unusual phenomena and characters with magical powers.

Visitors will have a chance to explore a land that is straight out of the imaginations of the storytellers. You will embark on a flying canoe, go werewolf hunting, dance with a devil… in short, you will leave reality behind for a short time. Youngsters will be invited, by aboriginal elves, to create their own stories.

Stories have long served to explain the great mysteries of life, but these tales are by no means ‘grandmotherly.’ The oral tradition of storytelling has evolved over the ages into its modern state. Thusly, the works of well-known personalities, such as the author Bryan Perro and the storyteller Fred Pellerin, are presented in this exhibition.

Fantastic Tales, Our Myths and Legends is an undertaking of the Cultural Corporation of Shawinigan and is produced by the Sherbrooke Nature Science Museum.

To be presented from March 15, 2014 to September 7, 2014.


Run de lait[toggle title=”Milk Run”]

Follow the evolution of a milk bottle as it travels from the factory to the kitchen. This exhibit explores the job of the milkman who on a daily basis travelled the length and breadth of the town to deliver milk to families.

An exhibition originated from the Écomusée du fier monde.

From January, 20th to September 7th, 2014



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« Glue, Paper, Scissors » : the story of a paper sculptor who inspired generations of young Quebecers….

The works and the career of the illustrious Claude Lafortune are the subject of a travelling exhibition, entitled Glue, Paper, Scissors, which originated from the Musée des religions du monde (Museum of World Religions) in Nicolet.

The exhibition honours a man who, via his televised programs “Du Soleil à 5 cents” (The 5-Cent Sun), “Parcelles de Soleil” (Parcels of Sunlight), and the award-winning “Evangile en Papier” (The Paper Gospel) is immortalised forever in the minds of thousands of children.

In Glue, Paper, Scissors more than 35 paper sculptures are presented, among which 25 have been especially created for this showing. Confucius, Cleopatra, Mozart, Don Quixote, Beethoven, Napoleon, Leonardo da Vinci, as well as other historical figures, are seen in a completely different light.

Glue, Paper, Scissors is an opportunity for the young to learn more about this master of the art of paper sculpting and for older generations to reminisce on the magical moments of their youths.

This project has been made possible in part through a grant
from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

Starting on October 17th, 2013.



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Salaberry-de-Valleyfield had a significant role to play in the military strategies to counter the American invasion. In the days following the declaration of war between the United States and Canada (Britain), various offensives were put into place.

In 1813, enemy troops have crossed the border into our territory and are advancing toward the Saint Lawrence River. Montreal is vulnerable to attack coming from the Richelieu and Chateauguay Rivers and Lake Saint Francis; therefore, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield must fortify itself.

This exhibition will highlight the events of 1813 that took place at English Point. Archival documents, scale models, and reconstitutions will expand on the geographical position of the city in relation to the American threat, the defensive installations, and the military strategies put forward by Lotbinière and Scott to counter the attacks. The presentation will also point out the vestiges of this event that are still evident today.

November 1813 is a tense time in the region. A military standpoint—a redoubt—is installed at English Point, formerly called Long Point, and a route is set up between English Point and Coteau-du-Lac for passing along information. This route is called Grande-Île.

In the event of a surprise attack, Colonel Lotbinière orders the building of roadways leading to Beauharnois. At the head of the construction, Colonel Scott, who is chiefly concerned with the Coteau-du-Lac stronghold, fully realises the imminence of an American onslaught. In the end, neither the Coteau-du-Lac fort nor the English Point blockade is attacked.

Starting on November 11th, 2013.



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A workshop exhibition … from 17 October 2012 to 5 October 2013

The collection of Dr. Auguste-Josephat Abran: an interactive and imaginative exhibition. Dr. Abran lived at a time of great industrial upheaval and technical evolution yet left his mark in the annals of the Saint Lawrence Valley as a devoted country doctor who, over a period of 55 years, made private house calls to care for his patients.


A collection in which Art and Science are one

The Dr. Abran Collection contains more than thirty framed works of art evocative of the life of this country doctor who lived and practiced his skill until the end of the 1970’s. The uniqueness of this exhibition lies in the striking way in which each image is presented.

In fact, the designs are made of medical instruments. Colours and brushstrokes have been replaced by scalpels, blades, and surgical thread to name but a few distinctive features.

Following the death of Dr. Abran in 1978, his children created these artworks as a tribute not only to a lifetime spent helping others but to an era in medical history when making house calls to visit the sick was the status quo. The overall aim of this exhibition is to capture the attention and curiosity of the visitor.

To be brief, here is a remarkable merging of art and science which will demystify many medical procedures of a bygone era.



[toggle title=”The Saint Lawrence Valley : fertile lands, a burgeoning society, history to discover”]

Discover the key events that marked the development of a vast region shaped by water, agriculture, and industry.

Presented from September 2011 to September 2013



[toggle title=”Graffiti : Art from the edge”]

  A shadowy experience…

Armed with a headlamp, delve into an often misunderstood urban universe, that of graffiti. Get to the bottom of this social and artistic phenomenon that leaves no one indifferent.

Presented from September 2011 to June 2012




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For the third edition of Détour-Retour, and under the auspices of the Conference of Elected Representatives (CRÉ) of the Saint Lawrence Valley and their TRACE project, the Muséé de société des Deux-Rives (MUSO) is proud to welcome “Moi-Peau,” an exhibition by the artist Chloé Poirier Sauvé. Showing from Wednesday March 27 to Sunday April 28, 2013.

A compassionate flight of artistic imagination

Beginning with a small advertisement that was broadcast in the social media, the artist asked anyone interested to write about a loss that had affected his or her life. If selected for an interview, each one must consent to talk to the artist in their individual homes about this loss, and to pose nude for a photograph. Out of the original twenty-two persons, only ten (all women) followed through with the project right to the end.

Each of the ten encounters began with a dialogue on loss in which the conversation was recorded; the subject then went into her bedroom, disrobed, and arranged herself comfortably on the bed, in a position of her choosing. Once this was accomplished, the artist entered the room and set up her equipment. The scenario unfolded in total darkness except for a bluish LED light, with which the artist illuminated selected areas of the body.

The outcome of these photographic sessions, at times very intense and moving, can be viewed in the exhibition “Moi-Peau,” which is showing at the MUSO from March 27 to April 28, 2013

An exhibition and an interactive workshop

On Saturday April 20th at 1 P.M., the public is invited to participate in the creation of a “light painting” with the tuition of Chloé Poirier Sauvé. Light art performance photography is a photographic technique.

In a darkened environment, the shutter speed is set for a long exposure time, and the artist “paints” with a hand-held light source or by moving the camera itself. Traces of moving light and/or reflections from objects illuminated are captured by the camera lens and reproduced on the photographic image. This technique was used strikingly in the making of the video clip “Lovers in Japan” by the British musical group Coldplay.

Showing until April 28