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About the Museum

To promote the cultural heritage and identity of the Gaspé Peninsula, the museum has chosen as its mission to…

  • Encourage the appreciation and further the knowledge of the heritage and history of the Gaspé Peninsula;
  • Organize activities designed to conserve, research, promote and disseminate the region’s heritage and history;
  • Study the cultural diversity of the Gaspé Peninsula inhabitants and raise public awareness thereof;
  • Respect the territorial diversity of the area by ensuring the museum’s presence throughout the Gaspé Peninsula;
  • Center all museum actions on the needs and expectations of the communities situated within the Gaspé Peninsula;
  • Encourage networking and discussion with partners in the Gaspé Peninsula museum and heritage network.
  • Contribute to the spreading of knowledge about the Gaspé Peninsula’s unique history and heritage within the region and beyond;
  • Open a window to the world for the population of the Gaspé Peninsula by facilitating access to cultural products from outside the region;
  • Encourage efforts to conserve our heritage, contribute to our collective culture and make accessible the collections acquired by and donated to the museum; and
  • Promote the Gaspé Peninsula heritage.


1962 : Founding of the Société historique de la Gaspésie

1963 : Creation of the Revue d’histoire de la Gaspésie (nowadays Magazine Gaspésie)

1977 : Opening of the Musée de la Gaspésie

1982 : Inauguration of the national historic site : the Monument à Jacques-Cartier, created by Pierre and Jean-Julien Bourgault-Legros

1990 : Approval of the Archives Center

2009 : Expansion of the Museum

2010 : Establishment of BAnQ Gaspé in the Museum

2012 : Inauguration of En mémoire d’Elle created by Renée Mao Clavet

2016 : Opening of the Gaspésienne no 20

2017 : Inauguration of the Jules-Bélanger room in the Archives Center

Recent honours and awards

Tribute award from the SODEP to Jean-Marie Fallu for the Magazine Gaspésie (2019)

Canadian Senate 150th Anniversary Medal (2018)

New Media Award of Outstanding Achievement of the Canadian Museums Association for the virtual reality film Gaspésienne no 20 (2018)

Excellence Award of the Société des musées du Québec for the virtual reality film Gaspésienne no 20 (2017)

Digital cultural award Technocentre TIC from Culture Gaspésie for the virtual reality film Gaspésienne no 20 (2017)

Gérard-Morisset Award from the governement of Quebec awarded to Jules Bélanger (2016)

Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Community Programming for the project Tout un héritage! (2015)

Regional Award, Grands prix du tourisme québécois for the Magazine Gaspésie (2014)

All the exhibitions at
the Musée de la Gaspésie