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London Calling: A Marquee Exhibition Worth Checking Out in Québec City

Content Partner: Musée de la civilisation

Musée de la civilisation, a museum known for its bold and innovative programming, is an Old Québec mainstay located right on the St. Lawrence River, steps from the historic Petit-Champlain district. Starting this summer (and running through March 2019), Musée de la civilisation presents London Calling, an immersive exhibition that will transport you to London—without ever leaving North America—to experience the iconic neighborhoods and culture of Britain’s most famous city. And with the Museum’s bell tower transformed into Big Ben for the occasion, you can’t miss it! Read on for 6 reasons why you won’t want to miss this blockbuster exhibition in Québec City.

1 Cross the Pond Without Cramming into a Plane

London Calling lets you experience the British capital for way less than the cost of a trans-Atlantic flight. Explore its many neighborhoods, including Chelsea (the birthplace of the miniskirt and punk movement) and Soho, a veritable hotbed of excess and eccentricity. Then get your Beatlemania fix as you stroll down the legendary zebra crossing on Abbey Road before exploring London’s East End. You can also visit three sites inextricably linked to London’s buzzing art scene: Whitechapel Gallery, Southbank Centre, and the Royal Academy of Arts. See iconic objects such as a 1967 taxi; clothing by designers Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, and Alexander McQueen; prints by John Lennon as well as one of his stage outfits; works of art by father of pop art Richard Hamilton and abstract pioneer Ben Nicholson; and lots more!

2 Get the Full Immersive Experience with Augmented Reality

London Calling Credit: Musée de la civilisation Zoom

With the new My MCQ app, you can get the full “augmented” experience with additional information on the exhibition. The app uses augmented reality technology to bring various objects—such as the Sex Pistols undershirt, works by John Lennon, and the photo of Twiggy—to life before your eyes. Virtual surprises around every corner…

3 Learn More Through Themed Tours

London Calling Credit: Lorraine R-Nolin Zoom

Got a thirst for knowledge? The Museum’s guided tours on two exciting themes are sure to quench it. London Calling, City Tour delves deeper into the political, social, and historical events that have marked London in a fascinating fifteen-stop tour. Sure to strike a chord with music lovers, London Calling, Musical Tour looks at the biggest names in British music and covers a variety of musical styles, from rock to glam rock and punk.

4 Be Inspired by the Creative Energy of Londoners

London Calling Creativity Credit: Lorraine R-Nolin Zoom

This immersion in London culture is sure to spark your imagination. Ride this wave of inspiration to unleash your own creativity in the Mlab Creaform digital lab, where you can discover, program, and play British hits on connected instruments.

5 Enjoy a British-Inspired Menu in a Gorgeous Setting

London Calling Inner Courtyard Credit: Lorraine R-Nolin Zoom

Need a little snack after your jaunt through London? Café 47 has put together a special menu full of delectable British dishes for visitors to enjoy, including fish and chips, London-style sausages, cheddar mousseline, fillet of trout, and burgers. Wash it all down with an English-style beer or high-end tea while you enjoy the stunning atmosphere of the inner courtyard or the peace and quiet of the Museum’s rooftop terrace. Plus, a house band will be rocking the courtyard every weekend during the summer with songs by iconic English artists including David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Adele, The Police, Elton John, Beatles, Coldplay and many more!

6 See the British Influences in Québec City

London Calling Credit: Musée de la civilisation Zoom

Take to the streets on the walking tour put together by historian David Mendel to see how British influences have left their mark on Québec City. And if walking isn’t your cup of tea, hop on the London Double Decker, festooned in exhibition colors, and explore the city in complete comfort aboard this iconic London vehicle.

Enjoy your visit!

Musée de la civilisation
85, rue Dalhousie
Québec City, QC  G1K 8R2

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