Visit the Électrium, the Electricity Interpretation Center

Montérégie, QC

Reservations and practical information

The Électrium, Hydro‑Québec's electricity interpretation center

A free, interactive and fun outing!

Making electrical knowledge accessible to everyone is what I do. In the company of my guides, you’ll explore an electron’s journey from a hydropower generating station to your home. Educational and fascinating!

When you come visit me, you’ll learn that electricity wasn’t invented, it exists in nature and even in the human body. You’ll also learn about:

  • Static electricity
  • Voltage and electrical circuits
  • Electric and magnetic fields
  • Renewable energies
  • Electricity generation in Québec

And you’ll get to observe an electric eel that can produce a discharge that can light up 48 ten-watt compact fluorescent light bulbs. You’ll also get to measure your reflexes and see how fast (or slow) you are!

Believe me, you’re sure to remember your visit for a long time! Whether you’re 10 or 70, I’m sure you’ll have an enriching and unforgettable experience!

Want to know more?

A sneak peek!

Have a look at these pictures for a hint of what your guided tour has in store for you!

Did you know?

Aerial view of IREQ and the Laboratoire haute tension (high-voltage laboratory).

A prestigious neighbor

I’m located less than a kilometre from IREQ, Hydro‑Québec’s research institute. Thanks to IREQ, a hub of research and innovation since 1970, the company has positioned itself as a world leader in the energy sector. This is also where the Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage is located.

The mesmerizing plasma lamp!

One of a kind!

I’m the only interpretation center dedicated to electric and magnetic fields in North America. For over 30 years, I’ve been opening my doors to visitors who want to discover the fabulous world of electricity.

A young visitor experiments with the effects of static electricity using the Van de Graaff generator.

A hair-raising experience!

This device can generate up to 400,000 volts of static electricity and make your hair stand on end!

Visitors test the speed of their reflexes.

A “connected” human body

Running, dreaming, feeling, laughing, tasting . . . All of these depend on a fantastic electrical system: our central nervous system. Just one more thing you’ll discover at the Électrium!

My history

People have plenty of reasons to come visit me. But what really makes me happy is when they come back to see our favorite mascots, the electric eels that live here, not to mention the giggles at the sight of all that hair sticking up in the air when we fire up the Van de Graaff generator! Ah, static electricity!

1967: Montréal’s Expo 67

1970: Opening of IREQ, Hydro‑Québec’s research institute

In the wake of the technological advances of the 1960s, Hydro‑Québec realized that it would need a research laboratory worthy of its name in order to continue innovating. Further to the recommendations of Lionel Boulet, a pioneer in electrical engineering research in Québec, the government corporation founded its electrical research institute in 1967. IREQ opened its doors to renowned researchers from around the world in 1970. With Mr. Boulet at the helm, Hydro‑Québec’s research institute, obtained international recognition. More than fifty years later, IREQ continues to innovate.

Lionel Boulet, IREQ's founder, in 1972.

Source: Hydro‑Québec Archives

1976: The Parti Québécois is elected for the first time

1986: An action plan to inform the public

In the mid-1980s, when electric and magnetic fields (EMF) generated by high‑voltage electricity systems had become an international issue, Hydro‑Québec adopted an action plan to inform the public about EMFs. The project to create an interpretation center (me!) where science would be popularized quickly took shape and was built near Hydro‑Québec’s research institute, in Sainte‑Julie.

Power transmission lines.

Source: Hydro‑Québec Archives

1991: The Électrium opens

I opened my doors to the public in 1991 and, from the very first year, I welcomed thousands of visitors (18,902 in 1991 and 24,643 in 1992) interested in learning about Hydro‑Québec, electric and magnetic fields and other electricity-related concepts. Part of my mission is also to introduce young people to science through experimentation and interaction.

1990: The construction of the electric and magnetic field interpretation centre is complete.

Source: Hydro‑Québec Archives

Summer 2022: 650,000 curious visitors

While the visitors and students who come through my doors are mostly from Québec, others come from as far away as China, Korea and New Zealand. Since my opening in 1991, I have welcomed more than 650,000 visitors. Hope to see you soon!

October 2018: The Électrium welcomes visitor number 600,000!

It’s well worth the trip!

Don’t take our word for it: this is what the people who visited the Électrium with our guides had to say.

A group of fourth-year high school students visit the Électrium.

What a great activity! I came when I was 12, and now it’s my children’s turn to discover the Center. I’m glad to see the eel again!

Science lessons, jokes and lots of laughs. What a pleasant day!

I’ve been here three times, but it always seems that I learn new things.

A schoolchild pays close attention during a tour of the Électrium.

Reservations and practical information

At a glance

Free admission

Reservations are recommended

Length of tour

Between 90 and 120 minutes

Tours start at set times. We recommend that you arrive five minutes in advance.

Tour schedule

September to May

Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June to August

Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Contact information

Électrium – Hydro‑Québec’s Electricity Interpretation Center
2001, rue Michael-Faraday
Sainte‑Julie (QC) J3X 1S1

Tel. : 1 800 267‑4558 or 450 652‑8977Tel. : 1 800 267‑4558 or 450 652‑8977
(between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
Get in touch by email.

How to get there

Know before you go
(yes, really, it’s important!)


The tour is accessible to people with reduced mobility.


  • The tour of the Électrium is accessible to people with reduced mobility.
  • The tour offers one or more services for people with impaired vision.

Minimum age

The tour is suitable for adults and school‑age children.


  • Picnic tables

  • Free parking

  • Electric vehicle charging station

  • Souvenir shop

  • Restrooms


  • Take exit 87 off Highway 30.
  • Follow the blue “Visites guidées” signs (guided tours).
  • Public parking is on the right when you arrive.

Book your tour!

Free admission

Reserve, to visit the Électrium

For any other information, call us at 1 800 267‑45581 800 267‑4558.
Get in touch by email.

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