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Museums: May 2014 Archives

Tourism Quebec: Saturday

Ahoy!  Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec looks at maritime museums in province, including one dedicated to the Empress of Ireland. 




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Marco Polo's epic adventures at Pointe-à-Callière

Marco Polo exhibit.jpegSome parents cringe when their young adult children decide to take-off and backpack around Europe or teach English abroad for a year.

Marco Polo's father Niccolò on the other hand whisked his 17-year-old son away on a long trip. Marco Polo ended up travelling for more than 20 years, through Persia, India and China and many other exotic places.

Marco Polo exhibit 2.jpegYou can now experience some of his epic adventures at  Pointe-à-Callière Museum in Old Montreal.

Elisabeth Monast Moreau is one of the people who put the exhibit together. She tells host Sonali Karnick about Marco Polo's story and how they've made their exhibition on his travels interactive.

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A royal locomotive at Exporail museum

Royal Hudson train in St-Constant.jpgIn 1939, months before the beginning of World War II, King George VI boarded a train in Quebec City and crossed the country, with many stops along the way to greet people. It was the first visit by a British King - or Queen - in Canada.

Later the steam locomotive that pulled the royal entourage was declared a National Historic Site.

Now every May, the Exporail train museum in St-Constant offers special tours of the locomotive - a little nod to Victoria Day. Luc Hamilton is one of the volunteer guides at the museum, and he has tons of stories about that train.  He joins host Sonali Karnick in studio.

(Photo submitted by Exporail)

 

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