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Pointe-a-Calliere Museum

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
As featured in 3 Days in Montreal and 2 other guides
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Address: 350 Place Royale, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y5, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 514-872-9150
11:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Pointe-à-Callière, the birthplace of Montréal and a National Historic Site,...

Pointe-à-Callière, the birthplace of Montréal and a National Historic Site, offers visitors the opportunity to explore history through an original underground circuit leading through archaeological excavations. At the start of their visit, an immersive multimedia show presents a high-speed view of the city's history, the remains come to life and the count down begins! The museum also offers year-round temporary local and international exhibitions. For Montréal's 375th anniversary in May 2017, Pointe-à-Callière will inaugurate a new pavilion highlighting Fort Ville-Marie.

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Great Concept and Location

What a great concept to build a city's historical museum right over the ruins of the city's foundation! That is why it is called both a museum of history and of archaeology, you... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2016
Jupiter, Florida, United States
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Jupiter, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

What a great concept to build a city's historical museum right over the ruins of the city's foundation! That is why it is called both a museum of history and of archaeology, you can see the ruins of the old fortification wall, the cemetery, and numerous other buildings dating back 400 or more years. The man-made displays created by the... More 

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San Bernardino, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016

Our entrance fee to this museum included a well-done show about Montreal's history, starting with the Ice Age, native inhabitants, archaeological digs, explorers, settlers, and the modern era. Across the street is the Museum's Boutique which sells many fine quality and locally-made items.

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Forest Hills, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

This museum houses a constantly expanding dig on the site of the original settlement. Thanks to entertaining and well-informed college history majors/tour guides, the dig and artifacts come alive. Highly recommended.

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Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 14 June 2016

We had and excellent guide that managed a large group very well. Kept it interesting and funny at the same time. Excellent activity for a rainy, cold day.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 12 June 2016

This is a wonderful multi-media experience that explains Montreal's history in a concise manner. It beings with a half hour video which is very informative and fast-paced. The permanent exhibit shows how Montreal was built up to be the great metropolis it is now from its humble beginnings with the settlers from France and England.

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Belleville, Canada
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Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Have been a couple of times to this museum, it really depends on your interest. Hit or miss. It's rather small, which is its only downfall. Exhibits are rather well done. Dead Sea scroll were well worth seeing.

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Reviewed 12 June 2016

It was interesting to wander around this museum and learn more of the history of Montreal. It is perhaps a little basic/beginner level, particularly the introductory video which may be fine for school children but not for adults. I would have preferred to see more depth to the explanations and displays but am glad I visited.

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Reviewed 9 June 2016

Montreal's top museum with plenty of interactive and interesting information (in French and English) about the city's old and recent history. Told mainly from a European point of view, I hope they expand the narrative to include First Nations' perspective, similar to efforts done in other museums in Canada. It can be a bit confusing to navigate because of the... More 

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Pointe-a-Calliere, Responsable relations publiques at Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your comment. Our permanent exhibitions will be renewed for the big year of 2017 (Montreal 375th anniversary). Regarding signage at the Museum: our complex includes several buildings and underground passageways. You are correct in saying that it can all get a bit confusing. This is why all visitors are given a site map when they arrive. There are... More 

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Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

This museum was disappointing. It is expensive ($72) for out family of 5. It starts with a good movie and than moves to an exhibit area of unearthed ruins of the early town and there is a guide who tells you some things about it but not in depth and the area is small. Then there are some exhibits which... More 

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Pointe-a-Calliere, Assistant, communications at Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, responded to this review

Thank’s for your comment. Did you know your ticket gave you access to all the exhibitions presented at the Museum? This includes our permanent exhibition « Where Montreal was born » (the remains of the birthplace of Montreal) and two exhibitions for children: « Archeo-Adventure » and « Pirates or Privateers? » It also includes our two temporary exhibitions, right... More 

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Reviewed 6 June 2016

Went on Free Museum Day but would happily have paid the entrance fee. The film about the founding of the city is amazing and the tour of the foundations fascinating. It is easy to find too.

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The historic centre of Montreal, Vieux-Port is home to some of the city's most antiquated buildings and picturesque streets. Along the waters of the St. Lawrence River, the bank of Old Port features museums, festivals, food stalls, and outdoor athletics, a celebrated part of the city that explodes into fireworks displays on warm summer nights. At its centre, street performers and artists compete with sprawling restaurant terraces for space along Jacques-Cartier Square, while the cobbled streets of Rue St. Paul and Rue Notre-Dame offer a reprieve of quiet galleries and atmospheric wine bars. Horse-drawn carriages are not an uncommon part of traffic, and the narrows they traverse are lined with boutiques, crêperies, and poutine shops enshrined in buildings of stone and wooden lattices. Here you can evoke Montreal's past with a traditional cooking lesson or historical tour, then enjoy its artistic present with live music and theatre.
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