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Pointe-a-Calliere Museum

350 Place Royale, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y5, Canada (Ville-Marie)
+1 514-872-9150
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Ranked #20 of 242 Attractions in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Birthplace of Montreal and an authentic archaeological site, Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History leads visitors through six... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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New Paltz, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

This museum blew my mind, and I've lived in both NYC and London. The foundations going back through time in layers and layers underneath the museum are not to be believed. Yes, absolutely see the movie that shows every half hour (just be prepared for loud audio and LOTS of flashing lights - maybe skip it if someone in your... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend and I visited Montreal for a long weekend and we're told that this is a must see. It is not mind blowing but a great stop to get a understanding for the history of Montreal. I recommend the movie viewing that shows every half hour. Get the 36 hour museum pass to get in all exhibits and utilize... More

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Montreal, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This should be your first stop when coming to Montreal! It's in the Old Port of Montreal where the city sprung from, and within walking distance from downtown and metro stations. Go visit the crypt and work your way up to the tower to get a view of the seaway. I had a blast discovering "Lives and Times of the... More

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Henrietta, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We started with the history of a local Montreal neighborhood, which didn't hold our interest much. This was followed by a movie on a U-shaped theater screen, well organized and great presentation. We weren't familiar with much Montreal history, so this was captivating. Then we saw the archeological site below the building. There were some signs along the way that... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We visited on the only rainy day during our three days in Montreal. Even in mid July, the museum was not crowded at all. Loved the Marco Polo exhibit w/ great quotes from Marco Polo himself interspersed among the amazing artifacts. Fun exhibit about pirates for kids, complete w/ a full-sized replica ship and interactive stations; we were just 3... More

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Summerland, Canada
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12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Pointe-a-Calliere Museum was out first Museum stop in Montreal. I am so glad we visited. there was a temporary exhibit of the "lives and Times of the Plateau that provided an excellent introduction to the history of Montreal. Wf then saw a short movie before proceeding on a guided tour of the Archaeological Crypt. Very enthusiastic and lively guide definitely... More

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St-Bruno de Montarville
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My boyfriend and I are from the Montréal area and seen most of what there is to see. Looking for something new, we visited this museum recently. What a disappointment. $18.00 each to look at a series of photographs of former mayors and neighbourhoods, an exhibit of the Beatles which a music, flashy car and cardboard cut-outs of the famous... More

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Pointe-a-Calliere, Public Relations Manager at Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments. We are sorry to hear that your visit to Pointe-à-Callière did not live up to your expectations. The Museum aims to foster an appreciation of Montréal and its history through innovative and educational installations. It’s a job that our team works at with great passion, day in, day out. The... More

Galway, Ireland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Really enjoyed visiting this museum. Lots of interesting archeological exibits and very nicely exhibited. Excellent Marco Polo exhibition. When we finished our visit we went to the restaurant and had a lovely meal- reasonably priced. A nice end to our visit.

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Carmel, NY
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238 reviews 238 reviews
23 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The basics of this museum are split - a Marco Pole exhibit (at this time) and the archaeology of the city of Montreal. We enjoyed both parts because of the amazing tour guides. We began the English speaking tour at the Marco Pole exhibit with Michel. We were the only ones so it was perfect for us. He was enthusiastic... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We were lucky enough to catch the exhibit of Le Grotte cave paintings. Presentation was imaginative and educational. The museum does a wonderful job in presenting. Worth the stop.

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