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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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One of the BEST museums I have ever been to...

(and I've been to a lot all over the world). Wonderful, superlative, give yourself a few hours at least kind of a museum! Before touring the museum, there is a multi-media show... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2016
Rochester, NY
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Rochester, NY
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Reviewed 23 May 2016

(and I've been to a lot all over the world). Wonderful, superlative, give yourself a few hours at least kind of a museum! Before touring the museum, there is a multi-media show in a huge stadium seat venue that actually plays on the bricks of the foundation of old Montreal. At times, the bricks look like they are pulsing and... More 

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Pointe-a-Calliere, Responsable relations publiques at Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about Pointe-à-Callière. We hope you come back to the Museum soon so you can also see our temporary exhibitions (right mow : "Of horses and Men - The Émile Hermès collection, Paris" and "Fragments of Humanity. Archaeology in Québec". All the best! More 

Sunapee, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016

The museum incorporates the old city stone foundations which you walk among as you view the artifacts and models of ancient Montreal from 1350 to present. It is a good refresher course for the old folks and a great learning experience for the kids

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O'Fallon, Illinois
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Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited during the last day on our trip to Montréal. I would recommend going at the beginning of your visit. This museum explains a lot of history of Montreal and Canada. Watch the movie at the beginning of your visit, it was worth the 30 minutes. There were a lot of artifacts and activities for kids... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

My favourite parts of this small museum were at the very top and the basement/crypt. The views from the outdoor top level are fantastic on a sunny day! Great view of Old Montreal and the Old Port. The restaurant, L’Arrivage, was excellent! Great service, delicious food and great prices! Reservation recommended. The crypt is really great - like walking through... More 

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Reviewed 20 May 2016

The exhibits are extensive and well described. The building is huge and modern. We took the tour of the museum with a guide who spoke English - who only had a little bit of trouble with a few English words. . . which made the tour that much more fun - and the petite young tour guide that much more... More 

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

I've been three times and always enjoy this museum. Watch the video for a quick history of the city. Take the guided tour - guides are friendly and informative. Amazing to walk right through the archeological dig sites and see the layers of development. A great first day history lesson.

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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 12 May 2016

Descend into the basement of this museum to be transported instantly to the past. Walk among the ruins of the original wall. Look into the graves of the settlers. Discover a river that has been buried and no longer exists. the list goes on! This was by far one of our favorite stops while visiting Montreal. The tour guides were... More 

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St. Catharines, Canada
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

We went to Pointe-a-Calliere on our last day in Old Montreal. It just around the corner from Le Petit Hotel and we were given free tickets. We had a great time. I especially enjoyed the layout of the Fragments of Humanity exhibit and we had the opportunity to speak with Virginia who is an archaeologist at the museum for quite... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 30 April 2016

I attended an event at the museum and we got to check out the exhibits for free. The multimedia presentation was pretty interesting and the seeing the ruins was very cool. You get a good taste of the history of Canada and Montreal itself and how the landscape has changed over time. It's worth a visit if you're in the... More 

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Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 28 April 2016

We were surprised to find all the history that is exposed "beneath" the building. We learned a lot of history of Montreal. We also saw the Agatha Christie exhibit. My son had read her book, "And then there were none" and loved it. So, my teenagers spent about two hours just in the Agatha Christie exhibit. It was very interesting,... More 

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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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