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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
10:00 - 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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this is a cool place to spend a few hours, there are usually 2-3 exhibits that change a few times a year & there is a permanent exhibit in the basement about the early days of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Darrin S
Montreal, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum is a joke. There is nothing interesting to see, but old stuff that's not even 400 years old like an old bottle of coca cola, a fork and things like that. There are old buried walls like in any town any where in North America. The special exhibit on Asia is ok but again nothing to write home... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

this is a cool place to spend a few hours, there are usually 2-3 exhibits that change a few times a year & there is a permanent exhibit in the basement about the early days of Montreal, lots of interesting artifacts and information about this great city!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Archaelogical museum of Montreal in the Old Port. Great views from the top of the building and the restaurant at the top is not a food court, it is a restaurant with good food. The Museum goes all the way back to Montreal's roots with a short film on the history of the city and the subterranean levels take you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A diverse range of exhibits, a thorough researching through the history involved and kids exhibits available too. Oh, and the museum itself is a working archaeological site just for the true nerds!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to this museum our first morning and felt that it gave us a great introduction to Montreal. The museum is located near the gate into the original European settlers' stockade, with lots of subsequent history piled on top. The upstairs sections have displays about aboriginal and European settlement, there is a movie in a large room overlooking excavated... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum didn't present a very fair point of view of the first Nations people who lives here before the Europeans arrived, or of the English during the French and English wars. If museums are supposed to educate and inspire, this one has some more work to do.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Easily one of the best museums I have seen anywhere on the planet. But this has the added appeal that it is in-situ, capturing the very early origins of Montreal on one original site. That is, the museum allows you to walk over the archeological dig of the earliest part of the city. There is some great explanation of what... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great museum located in Vieux Montreal on the waterfront. The tour begins with a unique video of Montreal's history using holographs. The best part of your visit is a trip through the underground foundations of the original first-nation settlement followed by the French settlers using interactive hologram talks by images of the original owners and inhabitants of... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great underground museum coupled with contemporary / current exhibits . Interesting for travellers, local residents, and youngsters

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great museum very informative actual old sewers made of wood of course not in function any more but many stories about it

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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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