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“Fascinating look at the past”

Pointe-a-Calliere Museum
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US$91.33*
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Montreal Attraction Pass
Ranked #12 of 420 things to do in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed 19 April 2012

Your experience begins with a multi-media show in a theater that includes actual city ruins as the floor. The presentation can be heard in French or English, to get your cross-cultural juices flowing. (The language is aimed at grade-schoolers--try the French, you might get it if you've had any training in the language at all!) Most of the acreage is devoted to an excavation of the ruins of an early cemetery. This is underground, dark, and could be a little creepy if it weren't so well lit. There are great signs in English and French explaining all. The restaurant here is exceptional, see my separate review. There is a lovely gift shop, housed in a significant building in its own right. The shop has many Made in Canada items. This museum is well worth your time, of the place and yet different.

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Reviewed 1 April 2012

the food was excellent,the staff was freindly and professonal.the prices were great, i didnt leave the table feeling hungry. if i get the chance i would go again

Thank george h
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

I found it really neat that they built a museum around a section of what is left of the fortress that once surrounded Montreal. There is an introductory film which explains some of the history, though I wasn't clear on exactly what we were seeing as we walked through the museum. It does require reading as you walk through, but I still found it a little confusing.

Thank Camille G
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

a really neat archeaological dig site, as it is completely inside, basically the basement of the building which houses it... the tour was interesting, very biased (pro french anti england) but informative, even if it was slanted.

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Reviewed 26 March 2012

Take the (now underground) street to the gift shop from the museum.

Thank igbg
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