Place-Royale - From the Present to the Past

A virtual 360 of Place-Royale!
by Rébecca Salesse
July 25, 2010

The oldest traces of human presence that have been discovered near Place-Royale date back 5 000 years, well before the arrival of the first Europeans! Due to its history of being a public square, farmer’s market and execution site for criminals, Place-Royale was designated an historic site of national importance 1967. Thanks to a new and unique cyber-exposition from the Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec City, modern visitors can now explore Place-Royale and its surroundings. This website was made possible by the financial support of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and funds from the Canada Culture Online program. This site was produced by the Musée de la Civilisation, in partnership with the educational web and multimedia company Idéeclic, the Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, le service national du RÉCIT en Univers Social, et l’École Multidisciplinaire de l’Image de l’Université du Québec en Outaouais.

Place Royale represents a condensed history of Quebec. This revolutionary cyber-exposition allows the users to familiarize themselves with the history of the site by observing the traces of the old site that are still there today. Through five full screen, 360 degree panoramic views, the virtual visitor takes a tour, guided by clickable “hot spots”. A slide show is also presented complemented by audio commentary.

“Over the years the museum has developed many internet sites complementary to its exhibitions, to which many virtual games have been implemented. Once again, the museum is taking innovative steps by providing a new and never before seen product: a cyber-exposition allowing visitors to discover Place Royale in an original and concrete way!”
- Miss Danielle Poiré, Interim general director, Musée de la Civilisation de Québec

Four Centuries in a Single Click

The unique aspect of this exposition is the diverse archives and collections, creating a virtual illustration of history over a period of four centuries. The site contains 40 objects from the Musée de la Civilisation’s collection, and 154 artefacts from the Place-Royale archaeological collection, graciously lent by the Ministry of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women. In addition to many contemporary images, the site includes nearly one hundred historical images of site, events and historical figures.

In addition, interactive geographic maps allow visitors to explore points of interest and see the evolution of the site since the founding of Quebec. While navigating, it is possible to see the connections between points of interest, historical figures and historic events.

These same points of interest are also part of a virtual quest that younger visitors will surely appreciate. The goal is to stimulate exploitation and help visitors gain historic knowledge. Those who obtain a perfect score will see their name on the “Honour Role of Champions”. Participants can also send a virtual postcard for each correct answer they get!

A Place for Teachers

The Teacher’s Corner section is completely reserved for educators, providing a lesson plan designed to further facilitate student’s learning the history of Royal Place A keyword searchable search engine is also available to search catalogues of artefacts and virtual archives.

A Mobil Version

A special mobile version of the site has also been developed to allow visitors to benefit from these resources on-site. Using their personal device, visitors can download a guided tour,, enriched with text and archival images. All audio commentary and slide shows are downloadable onto most portable media devices, opening up the guided visit to a wider public. They can also be downloaded from iTunes free of charge. In addition, a digital map of Royal Place with all points of interest is also available. A printed map can be found at the Royal Place interpretation centre to help navigate the site.


Idéeclic Co. partnered with the Musée de la Civilisation de Québec in the realization of this extraordinary project. Idéeclic distinguishes itself through its unique methodology, integrating museological research with digital technologies, the development of educational and interactive resources. They create ergonomic, highly visual interfaces, along with databases and search engines for digital collections and much more!

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