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Pointe-a-Calliere Museum

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Address: 350 Place Royale, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 514-872-9150
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Birthplace of Montreal and an authentic archaeological site...
Birthplace of Montreal and an authentic archaeological site, Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History leads visitors through six centuries of history, from Indian days to the present. Don’t miss the multimedia show, Yours Truly, Montreal and the two permanent exhibitions, Where Montreal Was Born and Montreal Love Stories. The Museum also presents two national or international temporary exhibitions every year on historical or archaeological themes, as well as many cultural activities. In 2013, the temporary exhibitions are The Beatles in Montreal and The Tea Roads.
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great museum

20$ entrance for adults and it was amazing very informative , you go in one building and get out from another.many employees explain the artifacts.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

20$ entrance for adults and it was amazing very informative , you go in one building and get out from another.many employees explain the artifacts.

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

There are few museums in the world like Pointe-a-Calliere. It’s a museum built above an archeological dig at the precise point where Montreal was founded. The sound-and-light show orienting the visitor is exciting and splendid, well worth the wait. The dig sites below the museum are fascinating, but suffer from a lack of docents or guides to interpret each place.... More 

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

this museum charges a $20.00 entry fee. The tour begins with a 20 minute video describing the history of the Montreal area from prehistory to today. After the video, you walk down into the basement of the building and you begin your walking tour through the museum, which includes some of the actual archeological sites from this area of Montreal.... More 

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Binghamton, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend the current exhibit devoted to snow and Montreal. So much fun and very interesting! We also really enjoyed seeing how the city was built and the explanations of how archeology works. The intro video is entertaining and a wee bit cheesy ("I am Montreal!") - this is not the video for the sensitive of those loving any... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed this museum. It was a little difficult to navigate with many stairs and levels. Do not miss the introductory movie, which is about 20 minutes long and was excellent!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Depending of the exhibition, there's a lot to see. Also very good for children and learning. I had a good time going there. I've learn more about our historical place. Also went there when they had the Samurai exhibition. It was awesome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

You normally expect museums to have a lunch style restaurant with snacks etc but this one has a first class restaurant with excellent food and great service at a very reasonable price. The educational show regarding the history of Montreal is worth the ticket on its own but the snow exhibit showing how humans have adapted to cope with deep... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

place not to miss while in Montreal.Always plenty of activities.Special attention to families.not expensive.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

With it's emphasis on archeological history, this is a museum that maybe we would not normally visit. However, intrigued by the TripAdvisor reviews we visited on a sunny Sunday. We were just in time for an audio visual presentation that runs every thirty minutes. A very impressive professional show which set us up for a series of interesting presentations that... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I had read about the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum and as it was just a couple of blocks from our hotel, we made it our first stop in Montreal. Take your time to wander about and enjoy the varied displays in both buildings. And don't miss the chance to eat in the museum's restaurant, L'Arrivage.

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Staying in Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
The historic center 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 center, 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 theater.