Historical collection

Our collections

The permanent historical collection brings together artefacts and archives related to the history of the territory of the Saguenay Fjord and Baie des Ha! Ha!.

The living collection bring together specimens from the Fjord Aquarium, the touch pool and the Vivarium. The aquarium and the touch pool allow us to present and showcase the aquatic fauna of the Saguenay Fjord, while the Vivarium highlights amphibians, reptiles, insects and arthropods from Quebec as well as exotic species.

The third component is the collection for the used by our educational program (called the educational collection),  and made up of objects, naturalized specimens, fossils, reproductions and works from the permanent collection considered to be of tertiary value and that have been removed from the permanent historical collection.

Historical collection

Musée du Fjord has a collection of ethnographic objects, illustrating the day-to-day life of Saguenay's residents from the colony's early days to the 20th century.

Nearly 800 donors have contributed to the collection, which now houses close to 2,000 objects. It provides a diverse perspective on the many facets of everyday life and speaks to how truly rich the culture is. The main themes in our collection include, traditional craft, artifacts, agricultural tools, household objects, clothing, textiles and folk art. Our collection includes 122 old engravings[CF4] on marine mammals and other fish species. Our most iconic artifacts are featured in our permanent exhibition, Roots and Dreams: A Fresh Look at the Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean Region, and museum-goers in the rest of Canada can browse the collection at one of our touring exhibitions.

Musée du Fjord has a photography collection with nearly 2,000 images, which mainly depict 180 years of history from La Baie and the Bas-Saguenay region. The photographs capture landscapes, places, public figures and families who used to live in the Saguenay Fjord area.

The Museum has a vast collection of video archives donated by the now-defunct community TV channel in La Baie des Ha! Ha!. The collection includes approximately 500 videos on various topics of community interest.

The Museum’s library contains more than 500 books on local and regional history and aquatic science.