If you are looking for something to do with your children that is educational and unique, you should visit the Armand-Frappier Museum that now has a new (bilingual) exhibition entitled “The Brilliant Brain”/”Le cerveau, c’est génial”. This exhibition immerses visitors in the universe of this organ that is one of the most important and fascinating of the human body.

The experience is truly enriching and stimulating. For a little over two hours, participants travel through the human brain which acts as the conductor of our body and allows us to perceive things, think and act, among other tasks.

An interactive format... that activates our brain power!
This interactive exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Musées de la civilisation located in Quebec City. On the first floor, visitors are invited to participate in a guided activity entitled “History of a Skull” and to assist in a 3D multimedia projection. Over the course of this activity, the scientific instructor, Caroline Favron, talks about the various components of the brain and the main function of the skull.

On the second floor of the exhibition, there are bilingual interpretation boards, we can watch video clips, participate in quizzes, and attend a facilitated activity about memory and attention span.

Everything in this exhibition helps us better understand how the brain works and learn about its various dysfunctions. On display is the brain of an 86-year-old woman at the time of her death. For many years, this woman had developed symptoms of Alzheimer disease.

How the brain reacts to stress
We put on white lab coats to participate in an experiment designed to make us better understand how we react to stress. Yes, in a real lab! We are able to see the effect of adrenaline on heart beats. First, we use a daphnia (a freshwater bug) to conduct our experiment, and next, the experiment is carried out on two visitors of the exhibition. It is amazing to observe their stress curve rising.

At the end of the visit, each person receives a checklist of all the ways we can take care of our brain. Did we arouse your curiosity? Don’t hesitate. This exhibition is designed for people of all ages. In addition to being quite educational, it contributes in many ways to debunking myths and taboos about this prodigious organ.

Are you ready to discover the many aspects of your brain?