Getting to the Musée

Musée National
des beaux-arts
du Québec

National Battlefields Park
Québec City QC G1R 5H3

Telephone : 418 643-2150

Toll Free : 1 866 220-2150

Fax : 418 646-3330

museum plan

The Pierre Lassonde Pavilion situated at 179, Grande Allée Ouest is the entrance to the MNBAQ. It leads directly to the ticket counter, where visitors can obtain their bracelets. The construction phase of the Espace Riopelle is under way. Thus, the Central Pavilion, the Gérard Morisset Pavilion, and the Charles Baillairgé Pavilion are closed.

During the construction phase, the MNBAQ parking lot is accessible, but the number of parking spaces has been reduced. The parking lot may be full when you visit the MNBAQ, in which case you will be invited to use nearby public parking lots.

To avoid parking worries, use public transit.

By car

Paid parking behind the Charles Baillairgé pavilion (the former prison). Please note that visitors must walk outside for several minutes to reach the entrance to the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion.

Daily rates*

*Taxes included

15 minutes Free
First hour $5
Each add. hour $3
Daily maximum $17
Special rate 5 pm to 8 am $10
Motorized vehicles and buses Forbidden
MNBAQ Members 20% off**

Electric cars

Two charging stations for electric vehicles are available in the parking lot. They are located in front of the Charles-Baillairgé Pavilion.


Parking spaces are available for persons holding a disabled parking sticker issued by the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec, at the back of the Charles-Baillargé Pavillon parking lot, accessible from Wolfe Montcalm Avenue, and in the parking lot of Saint-Dominique Church, accessible from Grande Allée. A member of the Museum staff can assist you in moving around the parking lot. Simply ask the attendant at the Charles-Baillargé pavilion parking booth when you arrive.


Four parking spaces are reserved for families in front of the Charles Baillairgé Pavilion, accessible via Avenue Wolfe-Montcalm.


** Ticket counter staff will give MNBAQ Members a 20% parking discount coupon when they visit the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion.

By bus

To avoid parking worries, use public transit. Bus route 11 serves the MNBAQ with a stop directly opposite the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion. Métrobus 800 and 801 also operate nearby on Boulevard René-Lévesque.

To easily get to the Musée by bus, consult Réseau de transport de la Capitale's web site. You will there find schedules, routes and rates.

By Bicycle

During the summer, an ÀVélo bicycle-sharing station is installed on Avenue de Bourlamaque several metres from the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion. Individual bicycle racks are also available to the left of the main entrance to the MNBAQ beside the Église Saint-Dominique.

School Groups

La porte d'entrée du Musée est le pavillon Pierre Lassonde, situé au 179 Grande Allée Ouest.

Si vous venez au Musée en autobus, votre chauffeur peut utiliser le dépose-minute situé à l’avant du pavillon Pierre Lassonde pour laisser descendre votre groupe à l’entrée du Musée. Interdiction de faire monter ou descendre des passagers sur l’avenue Wolfe-Montcalm.

Voir le plan (PDF)

Les travaux préparatoires au grand chantier de l’Espace Riopelle sont commencés. Prendre note que le pavillon central, le pavillon Gérard-Morisset et le pavillon Charles-Baillairgé sont donc fermés. Le pavillon Pierre Lassonde demeure bien ouvert et foisonnant d’expositions et d’activités.

Red loop, old quebec tours

Hop on and hop off the red loop as often as you please and see Quebec City on your own time and at your own pace. (From May to October)

By foot

20 minutes from the Parliament Building along the Grande Allée

With a service dog

While the nature of the MNBAQ’s operations prevents it from admitting animals to its interior spaces* in order to ensure the safety of all its occupants and the integrity of its collections and facilities, individuals who require a service dog to compensate for a handicap can obviously enter the MNBAQ with the dog. In this regard, we advocate a humane and accommodating approach.

To ensure ready access to service dogs and respect for the rights of the individuals who use such dogs to compensate for a handicap, the MNBAQ’s policy hinges on:

► Certification by MIRA or the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, which serves as a reference for staff since these organizations offer a complete certification and training structure:

  • Service dogs, which are readily recognizable because of their identification and the requisite harness, are admitted right away;
  • What is more, such identification allows for the admission of such dogs during their training when they accompany host family members.

► Dogs certified by publicly recognized organizations that offer the same complete structure from the standpoint of the medical certificate, training, and so on, and that are readily identifiable, especially on the Internet and/or considering identifying items on the dog, are also admitted.

► In other cases, the MNBAQ requests from individuals who rely on service dogs to compensate for a handicap:

  • Official certification signed by a physician who is a member of a professional corporation recognized in the individuals’ country of residence and which indicates the need for the individuals to be accompanied by the service dog to compensate for a handicap.
  • Any form of medical certification that can be obtained in return for payment without the actual analysis of the individual’s needs is inadmissible.
  • To accelerate admission to the MNBAQ, please contact the security service at 418-643-8119 to obtain a written authorization prior to your visit. It should be noted that in some circumstances it can take up to 48 hours to obtain such an authorization.

► Such validations could also be performed prior to allowing admission to the MNBAQ.

► In the unlikely event that the service dog’s behaviour is unsafe for the occupants or facilities, the individual and the service dog might be asked to temporarily or permanently leave an area in the museum.

► Individuals who visit the MNBAQ are always responsible for the service dogs and must keep the animals at their side.

*Except in conjunction with the MNBAQ’s innovative or special projects.