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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
11:00 - 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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A place to visit if you want to know Montreal's history

We went there to find out more about Montreal's history. We did but the most surprising thing was the exhibit (temporary) about Agatha Christy. It was absolutely fascinating... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 January 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016 via mobile

The museum was okay. There is a video you can watch before starting and the museum will make much more sense after watching it. The website didn't mention they were closing earlier that day and we had to run through everything. The archaelogical site was interesting but there was not much of it. If you have some knowledge of history,... More 

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Pointe-a-Calliere, Communications assistant at Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, responded to this review

We are sorry to read that you did not have enough time to enjoy your visit. Indeed, it takes at least two hours for a complete tour of the Museum. Thank you for this comment that will enable us to improve our customer service. More 

Jericho, Vt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2016

We went there to find out more about Montreal's history. We did but the most surprising thing was the exhibit (temporary) about Agatha Christy. It was absolutely fascinating. So many things about her life that I didn't know. She helped her second husband (an archeologist) on his digs in the Mideast. Go see it while it's still there.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015 via mobile

You can park around not too far. It not expensive Very instructive and facinating. With the old cemetery to the foundation of montreal. You only have short time that the museum to visit to learn about montreal. Gogogo

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

Took advantage of a 2 for 1 deal but totally worth paying for this ($20 pp)! Great way to get introduced to the history of the city and story of who it is. Worth stopping for the video at the front entrance (show plays every 30 minutes). The exhibits are interesting and well laid out. Activities for kids are ok... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2015

If you are new to Montreal, one of your first stops should be Pointe-a-Calliere Museum to watch the "Yours Truly, Montreal" multimedia show which provides an overview of the history of the region. The show starts a few thousand years ago and continues to present time detailing historical incidents and figures along the way. Very informative and also entertaining. After... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

We had a very great visit to this museum, and as it is located i. The heart of Old Montreal, along the river, it can be part of a whole beautiful day spent there.

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

The space is dark, the exhibits are not exciting and it is not very accessible. not worth a visit. on the other hand if you want to have a nice lunch go to the restaurant on the top floor. It is open on Sunday for a great brunch.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

This museum was on my list when visiting Montreal for the first time, but not on my must dos. However, they were having a temporary Agatha Christie exhibition (in relation to Christie's interest in archeology and her visits to Middle East excavations) and being a Christie fan, I bumped it up to must do and am very glad I did.... More 

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

This museum often has special exhibits which have generally been quite good: interesting and well presented. Their permanent exhibit showing the underground portions of Old Montreal is extremely well done and very interesting.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

When visiting this beautiful city make sure you include Pointe-a-Calliere Museum and area. Located in old Montreal it is a must visit. History, architecture, and beauty

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