Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex

Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex

Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Archaeology and History Complex
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Ville-Marie
How to get there
  • Place-d'Armes • 7 min walk
  • Square-Victoria-OACI • 10 min walk
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  • Canadian_Traveller94
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-add on your Montreal itinerary!
    We visited as part of a weekend trip to Montreal and we loved it! The Egypt exhibit is especially amazing. The preservation of artifacts was so impressive and they also peppered in interactive elements. Friendly staff, enjoyable time, and not too bad even though there were lots of kids on field trips. Finally, it was quite affordable for a 2-hour time. A must-see in Montreal.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 12, 2023
  • Purl
    Austin, Texas87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for history buffs
    My daughter and I enjoyed this museum on a rainy day in Montreal. Located in Old Montreal, the museum sits atop the archaeological site of the earliest settlement. Inside you can see remains of the early town and learn a complete history of the area from the native tribes, early French settlers, and later British and other nationalities that followed. A great overview if you enjoy history with lots of artifacts to examine.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 17, 2023
  • AbsolutelyDubrovnik
    Seattle, Washington996 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great archeology museum of Montreal
    Loved this museum highlighting the history of the city of Montreal. The museum is nearly all underground following many of the foundations and highlighting both archeological aspects as well as historical and cultural. The movie experience is worthwhile.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2023
  • AUKTourist
    North East England, United Kingdom1,011 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super well worth a visit!
    We had a wonderful time exploring the history of Montreal. A well curated exhibition with lots of interactive activities. We then crossed to the special exhibition, Egypt over 3000 years. Lots to see and admire, fascinating section on educating young people.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Michael D
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Display
    Multiple floors with something for everyone. Unique historical progression of the area is displayed under the floor with clear viewing as one walks. Layout is somewhat confusing, but the workers are eager to help.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 5, 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California17,059 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Archeology and History
    This is a great and an unusual museum that incorporates the actual site into a discussion of the history of the city. Lots of different interactive stations with pictures and video. Plus the archeological dig of the site. Prepare to spend a lot of time here as there is quite a bit to see.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 18, 2023
  • SEIA2DC
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hands-on museum with something for everyone
    I have a degree in history, including classes on museum science and strategies for learning about history so when I go to a museum it’s not just about the subject, but also the experience. I have been to museums all over the world, and this is one of the top two or three museum experiences I’ve ever had. The introductory video does a great job engaging the audience and setting the context for what you see in the exhibits. This particular museum peels back the layers of the history of Montreal, literally. You descend into a preserved archeological dig from present day all the way back to the First Nations that once lived on this exact spot on the island. There are hundreds of artifacts, a partial excavation of Montreal’s first cemetery, a wall displaying nine layers of street debris dating from the 14th through the 20th centuries, and interactive displays on pirates and archeology my 9 and 10 year old loved. We also enjoyed the current Egypt exhibition, complete with mummies, an elaborate sarcophagus and ancient Egyptian flip flops woven from reeds. I didn’t know about this museum until researching things to do in Montreal and am so glad we put it on the list. Highly recommend for people of all ages and interest levels in history, there’s an experience for everyone here.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • ArtsyGalBaltimore
    851 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Engaging Montreal History at Point-a-Callere
    Fabulous archaeology museum that shows how alive history can be made. Although the Egypt exhibition was being held with much fanfare, we found the main multi-level exhibit on Montreal's history fascinating, starting with the snazzy film. Extensive use of technology made learning easy. Wide variety of techniques to display and highlight historical narratives. Highly recommend.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia1,690 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique history museum
    This museum is built on the site of and designed to evoke the old customs house in Old Montreal. The main exhibit is located in the excavated ruins of the custom house and other nearby buildings. The exhibit explains what the ruins are and displays artifacts from the excavation and incorporates other exhibits about the history of Montreal. There’s currently a large exhibit on ancient Egypt that provides a broad survey of the history and culture, but has many excellent items. There is another exhibit on 20th Century Montreal culture that I did not have time to view thoroughly and seemed of little interest to other patrons. There is also a pirate exhibit geared towards families and children. The museum’s small tower provides a nice observation deck of Old Montreal.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Lynne1153
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom886 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to visit
    We visited tourist info and the staff member recommended this museum to us for our family with teenagers and he was spot on! We all really enjoyed it. So many interactive exhibits to keep us all entertained, everything clearly signposted and all information in English and French so that we could understand everything. Would definitely recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
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wildflowersoul
Salem, MA58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Absolutely fantastic museum! Exhibits are very well designed, with a lot of interactivity and sensory experiences. This has to be one of the best museums I've ever visited.
Written April 16, 2024
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Luis F
Falls Church, VA66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The museum takes you to the underground original ruins of Montreal and how they were found. Bring you from the Native Indians that live in that area to the modern Montreal. You will work thur the excavations of the original city. It have a section for kids to learn about the history of Montreal with games.
Written April 11, 2024
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Jess_the_TravelBug
143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
A very cool museum exploring the historical old city of Montreal. Loved the history and being able to see how the various time periods and construction overlapped. Could be a bit confusing at times to navigate with some back tracking but still a highlight of the trip
Written February 19, 2024
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Foodange
Manchester, UK2,891 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A real disappointment as a third of the areas were closed.
Another one housed an exhibition on Egypt, in which we had zero interest, as we were in Canada!
Of course, they didn’t bother telling us this when we bought our tickets, for which we paid full price - $48 for both of us!
Nor did they tell us that the bistro was closed for no reason.
Off to a good start with the multi-media show but then all a bit dull from then onwards. The market area was interesting but that was about it.
The museum really should think about reducing their prices when they reduce their offer like this.
Written December 8, 2023
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ASwend
Salisbury, NH8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Really well done exhibit of ruins below the streets of Montreal. At first it’s a bit confusing to navigate but helpful guides are easily found to guide you. Don’t skip the media presentation with wonderful history of the city in French or English with headphones. Also, take the elevator to the top “Belvedere” level for great lookout viewpoint of the city.

This is a must do for history buffs
Written November 25, 2023
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Balsher
Marietta, GA111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023
Very well-done museum, with an excellent introductory film in French and English. It is built on the ruins of old buildings and incorporates elements of the ruins in the architecture. The exhibits are well-done and creatively presented.
Written October 31, 2023
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Lynn E
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business
Although this museum is thirty years old, it still feels fresh and relevant. The most outstanding feature is the underground galleries featuring ruins from the earliest days of Montreal up to the twentieth century. If you are interested in archaeology, this is a must see!
Written October 30, 2023
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KK78
Bay Shore, NY730 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
You can go into the museum and up to the viewpoint for free...but you didn't hear this from me! Great views of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Montreal, the Harbor, and more!
Written October 24, 2023
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jpjpjpjpj
292 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A large archeological museum with lots of historical artifacts and even part of the original sewer system on display. A great place to learn about Montreal’s history and development over the centuries.

There are also special exhibitions which change over time.
Written October 22, 2023
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Corbin G
Holyoke, MA417 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The best museum we visited in Montreal. A lot of it was well done and enjoyable. The Egypt temporary exhibit across the street wasn't terribly thrilling.
Written October 17, 2023
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