The Naval Museum of Québec (Stanislas Déry Museum) is the only one of its kind in the Quebec City area and is one of the 73 official museums of the Canadian Armed Forces. It opened its doors on May 20, 1995, when the Pointe-à-Carcy Naval Complex was established in the Old Port of Québec. During the grand opening, the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada at the time, unveiled an official plaque dedicating the museum to Lieutenant-Commander Joseph-Alexis-Stanislas Déry, a veteran of the Naval Reserve and the first donor of the Museum’s collection.
In 2008, the Naval Museum of Québec’s exhibition room was named after Mr. Paul-Henri Bouchard, in honour of this Naval Reserve veteran’s dedication. He fought long and hard for the creation of a naval museum and worked as a volunteer at the museum for many years after its opening.
Over the past several years, the Naval Museum has been well positioned in the field of modern museology by proposing new approaches in the world of military museums, such as the theory of impacts. This ethno-social approach focuses on the historical dimension that is connected to objects, their stories and the testimonies associated with them. It allows the objects to “tell” their stories and reveal their multiple significations, which helps raise public awareness about the impacts of war in order to better promote peace.
Today, thousands of people visit the Museum annually. It is a must-see attraction for anyone wishing to learn more about the history of Canada’s Naval Reserve and the naval history of the St. Lawrence River.