With the impetus given by Jérôme Demers, one of the first science museums was opened at the Séminaire de Québec in 1806. This museum is believed to have included a physics cabinet and, later on, a natural science collection, featuring mineralogy in particular.

The priests’ desire to include demonstration in their teaching then led them to look for objects with high educational value. This is why several science museums and cabinets were created at this institution in the 19th century.

When the Séminaire de Québec began to offer courses in natural sciences, it established collections in botany, zoology, mineralogy and geology. These cabinets were the responsibility of various instructors and conservators, according to their area of specialization.The collections from physics, chemistry and natural science cabinets are now of national historical interest.
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