50 years of passion and evolution!

In 2017, Musée du Fjord turned 50! The dream of young scouts evolved into today’s landmark. Over 50 years, numerous events and much passion have contributed to its development : exhibitions, public meetings, youth programs, publications and mutually beneficial partnerships are among the many outstanding realizations that have made it so popular today. Now a museology leader and major tourist attraction, it is featured in a microsite that highlights 50 years of realizations: http://museedufjord.com/50/ (In French only)

Musée du Fjord continually rethinks and renews its offer in an effort to captivate and amaze visitors. That is the Museum’s mission, this year, next year, and for many, many years to come…

In the early 1960s, the Saint-Alexis de Grande-Baie Parish scouts collected over 1,000 artefacts from the local population, and the exhibition they created with these items met with unexpected success. But the emerging collection needed a home, and, to that end, the town of Port-Alfred acquired Fabrique Saint-Alexis, the personal home of Father Joseph-Wilbrod Dufour, a Grande-Baie native and appointed Canon of the Chicoutimi Cathedral. And the Monseigneur-Dufour Museum was inaugurated in 1967. The subsequent years featured exhibitions, educational programs, and, of course, the collection needed to be classified.

In 1983, the Museum entered a new phase and was renamed Musée du Fjord. It was moved to the Saint-Alexis Community Centre, professional equipment was acquired, and permanent staff was hired.

In July 1996, Mother Nature unleashed its wrath, as heavy floods hit the Saguenay Region and devastated the Grande-Baie Sector. The Museum was heavily damaged and its equipment was ruined. It had to close down.

But what seemed a complete disaster was transformed into an opportunity to regroup, and the community responded, donating vast amounts of money to refurbish the site. As a result, the Museum reopened in 2004; the building had been renovated, expanded and provided with state-of-the-art equipment. And it had a new mission, anew focus on scientific, historic, and artistic heritage.

2010-12 Repositioning Project

In 2010, the Museum began an ambitious repositioning project of its cultural and touristic offer. Completed in 2012, the project aimed to transform the Museum into a tourist attraction of international calibre for the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region, it wanted to meet the high expectations of globetrotting visitors. Over $4 million were invested, financed by the Canadian and Quebec Governments, Promotion Saguenay, Bell, Hatem + D, Rio Tinto Alcan, Desjardins Financial Services of La Baie, and numerous other partners. As a result, in addition to having expanded its reception area and gift shop, the Museum now has two new permanent exhibitions, a multimedia presentation, and a discovery space featuring insect life.

Click here to find out more about the repositioning project : October 22, 2010, PRESS RELEASE


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