Located in Richelieu Park, the Richelieu-Vanier Centre occupies two buildings with very different architectural styles. The older section, with red brick walls, is home to the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, the offices of the City of Ottawa Archives and the Vanier Museopark. Dating from the 1950s, this building, constructed by the White Fathers, was connected to their scholasticate. Later purchased by the City of Vanier, it served as Vanier City Hall from 1985 until amalgamation with Ottawa in 2001. The Vanier Museopark occupies the second floor of the Richelieu Centre. This non-profit community museum’s name reflects its location in Richelieu Park. The Vanier Museopark began as the dream of local citizens who wanted to create a venue for showcasing Vanier’s cultural heritage, one that would also serve as a beacon for the conservation of the region’s Francophone heritage. A group called Action Vanier, presided over at the time by René Doré, established a committee responsible for creating the museum. On October 11, 2006, the Vanier Museopark officially launched its inaugural exhibition, entitled Vanier-on-the-Outaouais: Today for Tomorrow. This exhibition covered a range of themes, including the area’s Indigenous inhabitants, the early years of Vanier, the city’s changing population, education, religion and economic life. The Vanier Museopark is Ottawa’s only Francophone museum and one of just a small number of museums outside of Quebec dedicated to the Francophonie. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about maple tapping at the Museopark through the video below. Or explore the sled dogs featured as part of the Vanier Sugar Festival here.
- Digital Doors Open
- French services available
Contact info300 Pères-Blancs Avenue, 2nd floor
ArchitectureBuilding type: Museum
Dates/hours openFriday January 1 – Friday December 31, 2021
Part of Digital Doors Open Ottawa