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.
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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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  • AUKTourist
    North East England, United Kingdom977 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 30 May 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 5 June 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,230 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 18 June 2023
  • SEIA2DC
    50 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 25 June 2023
  • ArtsyGalBaltimore
    834 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 1 July 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia2,038 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 1 July 2023
  • Lynne1153
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1,023 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 6 July 2023
  • N F
    Edmonton, Canada133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interactive and interesting
    This is a very interactive museum, well presented for families and children. There are definitely plenty of interactive exhibits for children, and while I would agree that it may not be a very “formal” and “serious” museum for those seeking academic rigour, there is more than enough intellectually significant content, including a large excavation of the original city of Montreal and plenty of historical artefacts. The colonial exhibits were interesting but conspicuously devoid of much Indigenous content: in the current day and age this seems an unfortunate oversight. The visiting Egyptian exhibit was actually quite interesting, particularly for those who don’t have the opportunity to visit flagship museums with large Egyptian exhibits regularly. I will say it is a bit hard to navigate to the underground entrance from the doors. Once you’ve done that, though, the layout is quite linear and well-marked. All in all it was an enjoyable visit for the whole family, from kids to adults.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • PavlaPavla
    Chrudim, Czech Republic6,879 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing exhibits, interactive, complicated orientation
    I was attracted to this museum by the temporary exhibition of Egyptian artifacts "Trois mille ans sur le Nil". The museum was large and it was quite complicated for us to find our way around. Several times we returned to places where we had already been without wanting to, or on the other hand, we could not find what we were looking for. In the end, however, we saw what we wanted to see. The exhibition of artifacts from ancient Egypt was simply fascinating. The exhibits were wonderful and the entire exhibition was very nicely presented. The section devoted to the history and creation of Montreal was also amazing. The pirate ship was certainly interesting for children (but not only for them). The museum is very interactive and certainly no one will be bored in it. If you take an elevator to the top floor, then you can find a small observation deck there. There is a nice souvenir shop in the museum with a lot of books about art and history.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 1 August 2023
  • A_Rantos
    Athens, Greece386 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and interesting way to spend your time.
    Very interesting and well-organized museum for everyone looking to learn the history of Montreal. Many details and artifacts, I liked the presentation of each time period. Also, the people working here were extremely friendly and helpful! Great place to visit, especially on a hot or rainy day.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 August 2023
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Lin N
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We had only 1.5 hours so we had to prioritize. The display downstairs is not to be missed. Respectful, informative, and moving history of Montreal.
Written 20 May 2024
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Marbles20
Calgary, Canada268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Better than expected! This museum has a lot of parts…..it covers Canadian history, history of Montreal and features some interesting archeological facts/finds.

Our notes:
The museum is many parts meshed together. Above ground, below ground, multiple buildings flow together (flow isn’t the right word, it’s confusing as heck)……download their new app & use the 3D map to see where you are and what is coming up.

Do the observatory first thing when they open - it’s tiny and very hard to get around if there are any number of people there.

Use the little sight tools mounted on the railing to see each building featured when on the observatory level.

The sewer walk-thru is interesting but more of a light show - could use some more historical or engineering facts/info.

Pirate area is interesting (even for adults!!!) but is geared to kids.

Exhibits are interactive, modern and interesting - much better than just seeing old things in glass cases.
Archeological artifacts are nicely featured - the history and recovery are quite interesting.

The free exhibit around the corner (in old fire hall) is interesting but basically same info featured in the park across the road. Pick which you want to visit based on weather. (Inside vs outside)

Overall we spent 2 hours but could have been there longer (some of it is rehashing Gr 6 Social Studies which is ingrained in my memory from studying with these kids so we might be quicker than others). Would recommend!!!!!
Written 19 May 2024
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William M
Atlanta, GA51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Unique beyond words. Have to see it to believe it. Such a wonderful presentation if you like history. From the ruins of building two centuries old, complete with a city sewer system. A mix of visual aids . photos, exhibitions, and recreations. Easy to get around with lifts for mobility challenged. Well worth the admission price. Strongly recommend. Only negative: the 20 minute wait for a server to ask if we were ready to order in the cafe. Skip the cafe and eat somewhere else as the menu was limited as well as pricy (which you would expect.). Nice touch, lockerss to store belongings and only cost 1 CD.
Written 12 May 2024
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Pete
Fredericksburg, VA1,205 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This was a disappointment for several reasons. I had a feeling that the archeological history of Canada couldn’t show too much beyond 1600, even so, it would be some bones or something from Native American history. The gift shop corroborated this suspicion. I thought it was too expensive at $40. There was another part of the museum across the street that was mobbed with screaming children.
Written 8 May 2024
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,431 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We were surprised with this mainly underground way of seeing and learning about the history of Montreal.

If you start with the introductory video in the Reception Pavilion lobby then the exit from the theatre will lead you down stairs to the start of the museum. The exhibits were divided across six sections (A through E) and they were well signed, interactive and educational. A was the Reception Pavilion that included the Bistro, souvenir display, balcony views of the surrounding area and Crossroads of Montreal exhibit. B was the First Collector Sewer with ever changing colored lighting that connected us to the Fort Ville Marie (C) exhibits. The Fort Ville Marie was where Montreal first began and you can see the remains of the fort underneath and the various indigenous tribes. D was the Marketplace and mapped out the growth of Montreal over time. E was the Old Custom House exhibit and led to F which was the Mariner's House and contained the temporary exhibit.

The temporary exhibit this time was about the Mexican Olmec culture. I enjoyed leaning more as well as seeing the very large stone heads for which they were well known for.

We spent almost 2 hours here as there was a lot to see. One of the museum highlights of this trip to Montreal.
Written 29 April 2024
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gecarson
Picton, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had seen this museum on several previous visits and finally made it there on Wednesday (April 17th).

What a great destination - extremely interesting and educational without a hint of boredom.

The way they have incorporated the remains of previous buildings into the current museum site is awesome. Also the use of technology in the film and in displays like the "Google Earth" tour of 1703 Old Montreal are something I haven't seen before and do a great job of showing the history of the site and the city.

This museum definitely qualifies as a "hidden gem" and I think it should be a much higher profile attraction!

Plan to spend 3+ hours to really explore and appreciate this museum..

Finally, we had a great lunch experience at the Cafe on the 2nd floor. Amazing views, food and service!
Written 19 April 2024
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wildflowersoul
Salem, MA54 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 16 April 2024
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Luis F
Falls Church, VA56 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 11 April 2024
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Jess_the_TravelBug
204 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 19 February 2024
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Foodange
Manchester, UK3,897 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 8 December 2023
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