Ursuline Monastery

Quebec City, Canada

The Ursuline Monastery of Quebec City was founded by a missionary group of Ursuline nuns in 1639. It is the oldest institution of learning for women in North America. Today, the monastery serves as the General Motherhouse of the Ursuline Sisters of the Canadian Union. The community there also operates an historical museum and continues to serve as a teaching centre.



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Founded: 1639
Category: Religious sites in Canada


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Nadine Benny (16 months ago)
Very interesting "slice of life", learning about the mission of the Ursulines and the day to day life of the boarders and nuns.
Enma Carreño (2 years ago)
Very impressive, I don't usually go into this kind of places but I was curious, the paintings and sculptures are so beautifuls, it was also interesting hearing about the ursulines and their history...
Brendarenda Berry (2 years ago)
We happened upon this chapel while walking around Old Quebec, and was glad we had. The collection of pre-french revolution paintings hung in the chapel for the public are worth the stop as is a glimpse into the Sisters Choir chapel. This side chapel has no access to the public but appears to have beautiful stained glass windows, gilded carved wood and spectacular dome. A quiet, bight and holy space, away from the hordes or tourists.
M Robson (2 years ago)
Very nice, small museum focusing on the role of the Ursulines in educating young woman in the early days of Quebec City and beyond. Interesting view into the lives of these young women who attended the monastery, some as boarders and some looking to join the order. Be sure to visit the lovely chapel across the street. The original monastery building appears to be there (also it burned a couple of times). Continue down to the school (ecole) to see. We walked into the courtyard as well.
Alice Wittmer (2 years ago)
Beautiful and informative museum for such a good price. It’s the perfect size and the info provided isn’t long and arduous. There is also an elevator as the museum is three floors, which helped my mom who has arthritis. Truly fascinating place. It was also very clean and each floor had its own bathroom.
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