Founded in 1965 by the members of Odanak and missionary Rémi Dolan, the Musée des Abénakis was the first Aboriginal museum in Quebec.
It is located in the former Catholic school building of the Abenakis community of Odanak on a magnificent site along the St. Francis River. The museum invites you to discover the cultural richness of the Abenakis Nation.
Its building was completely renovated and expanded in 2005. Visitors are invited to view permanent and temporary exhibitions with Aboriginal themes, and to participate in cultural and educational discovery activities.
From May to October, come discover the unique fauna and flora of Odanak, by trekking on the Tolba (Turtle) nature trail along the St. Francis River. Throughout 1.2 kilometres, interpretation signs provide information about medicinal plants and numerous animal species such as turtles, reptiles and birds.
Its mission is to engage in and develop a constructive dialogue between Abenakis culture and members of the community, and between Aboriginal culture and museum visitors. The museum must also preserve and transmit the knowledge, know-how and traditions of the Abenakis Nation to future generations.”
The museum is at the forefront of the activities of the Odanak Historical Society. This non-profit organization founded in 1964 manages the museum with the goal of promoting the cultural development of the Abenakis Nation and the preservation of its traditions.
As a cultural tool for the citizens of Odanak and for visitors as well as for the residents of the Centre-du-Québec region, the Musée des Abénakis disseminates Abenakis culture, acts as a gateway for external Aboriginal exhibitions, and a host for the presentation of innovative, non-Aboriginal regional projects.
By undertaking this triple role, the museum contributes significantly to an unique regional cultural offer, and must work in a spirit of partnership with the other cultural organizations of the region.