The Museum

The Museum

The Museum

Founded in 1965 by community members and missionary Rémi Dolan, the Abenaki Museum is the first Aboriginal museum institution in Quebec. Located in the old Catholic school of Odanak, along the St. Francis River, the Museum invites you to discover the cultural richness of the Abenaki First Nation. Renovated in 2005, the Museum invites you to visit permanent and temporary exhibitions with Aboriginal themes and to participate in cultural and educational discovery activities. From May to October, discover the uniqueness of the fauna and flora of Odanak by walking along  the Tolba  (Turtle) walking trail along the Saint-François River. The 1.2 km long interpretive panels provide information on medicinal plants and various animal species such as turtles, reptiles and birds.

OUR MISSION

The Museum's mission is to engage and develop a viable and constructive dialogue between Abenaki culture and community members, as well as between Aboriginal culture and visitors. "

The Abenakis Museum spearheads the activities of the Odanak Historical Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1964 to promote the cultural development of the Abenaki nation and its traditions.

The Museum’s mission is to engage and develop a sustainable dialogue between Abenaki culture and community members. In so doing, it places the museum’s responsibilities at the heart of the preservation and transmission of future generations of knowledge, the know-how and traditions of the Abenaki nation.

As tools to serve the citizens of Odanak, as well as the inhabitants of the Center-du-Québec region, the Abenakis Museum must be a center for the dissemination of Abenaki culture. , a gateway for Aboriginal people exhibiting and presenting for non-Aboriginal projects from the region. By assuming this triple role, the museum is a significant contributor to the creation of an original regional cultural offer and a work of art in the region.