Don’t overlook this art museum, which anchors one end of Battlefields National Park. After Frisbee and strolls in park, we began our visit with fresh salads for lunch at the facility’s cafe. There’s also a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, located just off the Great Hall, the structure that connects the museum’s two buildings.
A highlight is the permanent exhibit of noted Canadian artist Jean-Paul Riopelle. His three wall-sized frescoes, with bold designs and repetitive patterns, intrigue viewers. Ask your kids about the differences and similarities between this work and graffiti. The Brousseau Inuit Art Collection, in the Charles-Baillairge Pavilion, presents sculptures of birds, polar bears, oxen, some with human faces, and other items by well-known First Nations artists. A former prison, the building itself with its brick walls and barrel ceilings, is worth seeing, including the row of cells, narrow brick structures outside of gallery #10. Although the ground floor has a small art workshop area for kids, the computer programs are in French.