Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex

Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex

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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Pointe-a-Calliere, the birthplace of Montreal 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 Montreal's 375th anniversary in May 2017, Pointe-a-Calliere inaugurated a new pavilion highlighting Fort Ville-Marie.
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Ronna H
Pittsburgh, PA47 contributions
Nov. 2022
This was one of the very best museums we have ever been in. We spent hours and hours there. It is creatively and brilliantly curated.
Written November 17, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA14,346 contributions
Oct. 2022
This is a very unusual museum, telling the history of Montreal, using the archeological dig below it. They show you a very good overview film at the beginning and then the same themes play out in the various spaces along the way, all enhanced by the dig. Lots of interesting use of multimedia and it's good for kids. But the path through the exhibits was confusing, we got lost. And the exhibits got repetitive. But still a good experience and we spend all afternoon.
Written October 23, 2022
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WymeswoldOFB
Leicestershire, England331 contributions
Sep. 2022
A really interesting museum. It is exceptionally well laid out with a lot of it underground and good use of holograms and other visual aids. I would have liked a little more on recent events but definitely recommended for anyone with an interest in archaeology and history.
Written October 12, 2022
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RetiredVA21
Arlington, VA54 contributions
Sep. 2022
Located on an historical site of significance for the city our main purpose was to view the exhibit on the Vikings. It did not disappoint. I thought I had a good understanding of viking culture and some history - but learned how much I didn't know or realize. Well worth the visit.
Written October 3, 2022
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LoveMyFoodGirl1
Montreal, Canada362 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Family
Wow! What a fun experience. We were looking to visit a museum and decided to go here. It has been years since our last visit.

It was easy to buy tickets and it never felt crowded. There are so many things to look at and there were parts that were very interesting.

It was interesting walking in history - the actual remains of the old city and the tunnels.

We were pleasantly surprised by the tunnel that connected the main building to the newer pavillon. Fun place to take photos.

Beautiful museum, clean, modern and informative.

Totally recommend this place.
Written September 27, 2022
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Bobbie G
New Hampshire Lakes Region, NH285 contributions
Sep. 2022
The museum is an attractive modern design on the outside, but doesn't have a very practical lay-out and I can't recommend this museum. Stairs every which way, poor signage on how to exit the museum, flow from section to section is awful. What can I say. We were extremely confused and didn't even really like the displays that much.
No explanation of special tours or events that day and it was even hard to figure out where the multimedia movie was going to be shown and it was only about 100 feet from the ticket desk! It's a big wall that slides open, not a door,
Montreal has gone out of its way to not use English which further complicates getting around .Pourquoi? Je ne Comprends pas.
Written September 21, 2022
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itsasmallworld2015
Sarnia, Canada32 contributions
Aug. 2022
At first this museum is very confusing, but in the end I felt they had done a good job in both highlighting the excavated remains and trying to explain the history of Montreal. The whole museum is underground; there is a section where you walk along a river/sewer; you change between building exiting on the other side of the road. They use some clever display techniques to contextualist the excavations.
Written September 5, 2022
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MathMom512
Easton, PA11 contributions
Aug. 2022
Visited with my husband and spent about 2 hours learning about Montreal. It was interesting and there were lots of artifacts. We had already walked around other parts of Montreal at this point so the history lesson tied it all together. Our children would have found this museum boring (they were not on this trip), although there was a cute section about pirates that seemed to be a hit with the young kids we saw. By the time we reached the Viking exhibit, we were tired out and didn’t spend too long there. But it was very well done.
Written August 12, 2022
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AMD907
Anchorage, AK153 contributions
Aug. 2022
Good museum in Montreal. Interesting information and good exhibits. I went during the Viking special exhibit and that was great too!
Written August 10, 2022
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV2,984 contributions
Aug. 2022
FANTASTIC! Loved the real (and occasionally raw) background of Montréal. The underground ruins gave us a great idea of life/death/business back then.

The Viking special exhibit was fantastic. Video descriptions in both French and English brought history to life.

Highly recommend.
Written August 7, 2022
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