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Pointe-a-Calliere Museum

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
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Address: 350 Place Royale, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 514-872-9150
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Best Montreal museum for it's History

I love this place. You start with a movie about Montreal and it's history and then you move down to the sub basement to see the actual walls that remain from when it was Hochelaga... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Montreal, Canada

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love this place. You start with a movie about Montreal and it's history and then you move down to the sub basement to see the actual walls that remain from when it was Hochelaga and a military barracks. There is interactive videos with more history and at Christmas different Father Christmas's stroll around.

Thank joystem
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The new exhibition at Pointe-à-Callières Museum in Montreal reveals a side of the famous crime writer, Agatha Christie, that is as unusual as unexpected. The exhibit shows a woman who has lived a full life, replete with passions other than writing. For Christie fans, the connection to archaeology is a delightful discovery and explains the settings of many of her... More 

Thank MonarchistMary
Grand Cayman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

lovely setting and well laid out. Set up for adults and children alike. The museum is working on excavating the local area and there are always new things that are being discovered and the mini movie is a great introduction to the history of Montreal.

Thank NicolaAgemian
Montreal, Canada
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113 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently went to the pointe a callieres museum to see the Agatha Christie exhibit. What a wonderful experience it was. The museum is build around ruins of a previous archeological site. There are two sides to the large museum, so you get to walk thru and take in the ruins as you move from one side to the other... More 

Thank Blondie540
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited Pointe-à-Calliere museum several times over the years. Despite having seen the 18-minute multimedia presentation on the history of Montreal, I always watch it again. It is presented every half hour and sets the tone for exploring the permanent collection. "Investigating Agatha Christie" traces the author's life from childhood and captures the excitement of both her travels to... More 

Thank Ringadian
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was very interesting to see what they uncovered and will be even more interesting when they finish the new part in 2017. It details Montreals very beginnings and the artifacts and architecture from the beginnings in 17 century.

Thank Darren G
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent Agatha Christie exhibit-knowledgable guides, tours available in english and french. There is also a very good multi-media presentation on Montreal's history, which then leads you into the basement of the building where an actual archaeology dig has taken place. Leave lots of time when you go-we were there for 3 1/2 hours and did not see everything. The other... More 

Thank CLZA
Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is fantastic .. target demographic from small children to seniors. Take your time and don't miss anything. Planning a kid's party or an office event? Then keep this museum in mind! You should make a reservation for the restaurant upstairs. Excellent food. During warmer months you can enjoy your meal on the balcony and enjoy the view of... More 

Thank AnnieTLC
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went there during the Greek exhibition, and I was pleased with the experience. It was clean and educational. The place is beautiful and it's in the Old Port of the city which in itself is an attraction.

Thank ThomasC1988
New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exhibit was remarkably grand. I went to see the exhibit as a fan of her writing and the movies and characters that she 'gave birth to'. Yet I wasn't aware of the scope of all her life's work including the extensive archaeological work that she led. Her personal life was also interesting. If you are in Montreal and have... More 

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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.