Nuns, Teachers AND… Scientists!

A traveling exhibition co-produced by the Ursuline Museum of Trois-Rivières and the Marguerite-Bourgeoys Historic Site.

Nuns, Teachers and… Scientists! tells the story of how, starting in the 19th century, the Ursuline sisters and the Congrégation de Notre-Dame created innovative programs for teaching science to their (female) students. It was a bold step at a time when this field was a male preserve, and when education was seen as something less suited for girls.

These pioneering educators used avant-garde methods to convey scientific knowledge and pique the girls’ interest. The exhibition includes a number of intriguing scientific items, fascinating collections from school museums, various laboratory instruments and some remarkable work by students.

From may 11, 2023 to april 7, 2024

The project, designed as a travelling exhibition in partnership with the Musée des Ursulines in Trois-Rivières, received financial assistance from the government of Canada.



From September 2024, the exhibition will be available for circulation in the museum network. Check out the data sheet, in french only, to possibly present this unique exhibition in your institution.