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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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As featured in 3 days in Montreal
Ranked #19 of 240 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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St-Bruno de Montarville
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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

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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235 reviews 235 reviews
22 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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22 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Exhibition was superb and we were surprised to see so few people there. Had this been London there would have been thousands trying to get in.. The restaurant was also very good with a panoramic view of Old Montreal. Sadly the exhibition is poorly promoted in the immediate area and had we not wanted to go specifically and searched it... More

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Webster, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Lots of good information about the history of Montreal, interesting to see the archeological ruins below the museum. Unique!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Somewhat baffled by the fact that this museum has any low ratings at all. Friendly, helpful at the desk. Very enjoyable film show, if a little cheesy, which is a 20 minute romp through the history of the city. Great visuals and audio which plays out on a horseshoe-shaped screen and on the floor of the theatre which itself is... More

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Toronto
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The thing that makes this museum a "must-see" for history and archaeology buffs is its location right on top of the foundations of some very early (and not quite so early) Montreal buildings, and the excellent interpretative display of these archaeological remains in the basement of the building.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Pointe-a-Calliere Museum sits atop a archeological site that covers several periods in Montreal's history. The Museum starts with a short video detailing the history of Montreal, which was interesting, but we could have left after that. The site is made up of largely uninteresting foundations. Not worth the CAN$20, and not sure kids would think much of it.

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Vaud, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you are going to visit a museum in Montreal, then this is the one to go to. The museum brings to life the early history of Montreal, focusing on the establishment of the French settlement and it's impact on First Nations peoples through to modern times. The crypt is wonderful, walking around the foundations of earlier buildings which are... More

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