School groups

School groups

The Musée québécois de culture populaire offers teaching activities adapted for the various levels based on the programme on the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport. 

Educationnal program 2013-2014

The Great Escape
Elementary School
In the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières, try to obtain the prison keys that will help you escape! To pull this off , you will have to face many challenges, all while under the watchful eye of the prison warden. Find the keys or discover clues that will lead you to freedom. You must measure up to this challenge. Are you clever enough to escape from the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières?
Minor Sentence
Grades 3 to 6, Elementary School
Come and discover the secrets of the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières.  Experience life as a prisoner in the 60’s and 70’s with an ex-inmate as your guide. Enter into the inmate’s daily life and familiarise yourself with his uniform, his meals and his hobbies.  Discover the true meaning of freedom and imprisonment by exploring the poetry of the incarcerated, play the role of warden or prisoner, try on the restraining vest and much, much more…
Graffiti Workshop

Grades 3 to 6, Elementary School
Come and discover the vitality and audacity of graffiti and the consequences of its practice. In a workshop setting, create your own graffiti art using techniques inspired by graffiti artists.


Visit Experience GO TO JAIL!

Secondary and Collegial
A visit-experience in prison - where some of the guides are ex-intimates... They guide you through the area as you discover prison life as it was lived during the 1960s and 70s.




Sentenced to One Night
Secondary and Collegial
In the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières, come and experience incarceration by visiting grounds rich with history and by spending the night in prisoners’ cells. Arrival at 7pm and set free at 9am the next morning.  One adult guardian (free) per 10 students for school groups.


Unusual spots in Trois-Rivières

A school package offered in partnership with BORÉALIS.

This activity is not for the faint of heart! There are a number of mysterious places in Trois-Rivières which make for a full day of incredible adventures. At the Old Prison, you’ll step back in time to the 1960s and 1970s and discover the ins and outs of forensic police work. Then, armed with an ultraviolet flashlight, you’ll explore the mysterious underground vaults at BORÉALIS and discover the secret recipe for papermaking. Are you game?


Level: Elementary (cycles 2 and 3)

Cost  $15/student (taxes included)

Duration  5 hrs. 15 min. (including lunch break)

Activities at BORÉALIS:   “From Nature to Writing”  “The Vault Adventurers”
Activities at the Museum:   “Minor Sentence”  “At the Scene of the Crime”


Information and reservations
Marie-Pier Côté
Phone: 819-372-4614, ext. 5101
Fax: 819-374-1900

For any questions, informations or to make a reservation, please contact us at (819) 372-0406