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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 241 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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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Only concern was difficulty we had figuring out where to go. Once we figured it out it was pretty amazing to see historical Montreal underneath the museum. We were fascinated by the first two buildings but opted to skip the remaining displays - didn't do anything for a family with teenagers.

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Oxford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I love archaeology and I love tiny models and this museum gave me so much, and so well done! It's something to stand in the place where Montreal started, and to see the evolution of the city over time. This is a must-see stop when visiting Montreal.

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Montreal, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is a great museum to get an idea of what Montreal was like when it was just settled. A large part of the museum is underground & demonstrates what it was like living in Montreal during those days. Very interactive.

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Plano, Texas, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Loved this museum. It's a must see for any trip to Montreal. Make sure you watch the movie. It's an entertaining history lesson and very well done. There are three screens and the floor under the screens is open to the ruins underneath. There are 4 parts to the museum. The most unique is the underground archaeological crypt. You walk... More

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Guelph, ON
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

There was a variety of attractions - some I liked and some the boys (young teens) liked. I loved the archeology "in the basement" to tour when going from one building to another. Extra nice to navigate inside as it was a rainy, windy day!

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We spent 5 hours in this fascinating museum. It was intersting to see the history of Montreal and to get to know the people behind the names of some of the local Rues. However, for us, the highspot was the temporary Marco Polo Exhibition. It was fascinating and I learned so much about his life and exploits. It's also given... More

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Edmonton Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

If museum fatigue didn't set in, I could have spent all day here. The initial film was a great start to the exploration of the archeological displays. Lots of very good displays, interesting artifacts, the favourite of mine being old clay pipes. The pirate display is great for young and old alike. I only had a run through the Marco... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Modern building cleverly built over substantial archaeological excavations of Montreal. Expert descriptions, audio visuals, and interactive screens encourage understanding of the complex excavations. Along with the excavations was an in-depth look at one Montreal neighborhood over time and a truly excellent Marco Polo exhibit. Lunch at the restaurant was wonderful along with a lovely view of the St. Lawrence. One... More

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Gloucester, UK
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Loved this place; modern, brilliant excavation and interpretation; very innovative presentation. And just down right interesting! Give yourself plenty of time if you like to really to browse as you'll find plenty to occupy you.

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New York, New York, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We wanted to maximize our time outdoors during our visit to Montreal and hadn’t planned on going to any museums. But after a few days of exploring the city we became curious about its history so we decided to visit the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History to get an overview. We thought we’d stay for no more than two... More

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