The threefold mission of the Beaulne Museum consists of interpreting costumes and textiles, fine arts and decorative arts, and local heritage. The first museum was founded in 1964 due to the efforts of Denise Beaulne, at the time of Coaticook's 100th Anniversary celebrations. In 1976, the Town of Coaticook purchased the Château Norton, and the following year, the large heritage house became the Beaulne Museum's permanent home.
Château Arthur Osmore Norton (1912). This thirty-room Victorian-style mansion, named after the prominent Coaticook industrialist and inventor who built it, and whose family lived in it for many years, is home to the Beaulne Museum. Château Norton contains the Museum's permanent collections, administrative offices, an Archive, and a boutique. Three floors feature both permanent and temporary thematic exhibitions.
Costumes and textiles; decorative and fine arts; artifacts pertaining to local heritage, in particular to Château Norton and the Norton family. An Archive of local and regional historical material is housed on the third floor.
The museum is in the process of computerizing its collections on the databases of Infomuse and the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN).
Self-guided tours. Guided tours by special request. Permanent exhibitions (Victorian parlor, dining room, and master bedroom; religious vestments). Temporary thematic and fine art exhibitions. Educational programming (art workshops and demonstrations). Annual Christmas tea.
Trois maisons historiques / Three Historical Houses (2000): Free.
May 16-September 15: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
September 16-May 15: Tuesday-Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Flexible hours for group visits (by reservation only).
Archives: By appointment only.
96 Union, Coaticook, QC, J1A 1Y9.