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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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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
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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History of Montreal

What a great place to go and spend time. Learn on the foundation of Montreal. Right in the Old Montreal and close to the Gibby's restaurant.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

What a great place to go and spend time. Learn on the foundation of Montreal. Right in the Old Montreal and close to the Gibby's restaurant.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We really should have visited Pointe-a-Calliere on one of our earlier visits to Montreal. It's in the nicest part of town, down by the river in Old Montreal. It's not too big or imposing, and the exhibits cater to all but the very youngest. It's worth a half-day early in your trip to Montreal because it does a great job... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This museum and several of it's buildings are right on the ground of old (and even older) Montreal. There's a 20 minute multi-media presentation that encapsulates the history of the city from the Ice Age until the early 2000's, and while it moves fast and barely touches most eras, you get the picture quite well. Downstairs there are some excavations... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Interesting museum depicting some of the early history in the city, as well as at least one temporary exhibit. Usually takes us about 90 minutes to go through the museum, including trmporarymexhibits, with visitors.

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I have brought several groups of students here, and had wonderful experiences. Informative, interactive and dynamic guides provide fascinating insight on the beginnings of Montreal as you explore the underground remains of colonial sewer systems built over rivers, burial grounds and city foundations... in the heart of old Montreal!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We were introducing friends to Montreal, and this is a wonderful place for learning the area's history. Even though we've been here many times, we always find new bits of information. It's quite amazing to be walking actual archaeological sites upon which the city was first established

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This museum was so clever at engaging visitors in multiple ways. For example, a series of dioramas showing the area over time are set under a glass floor instead of at waist height where you would walk by them. Exploring the ruins under the museum was a one-of-a-kind experience. Also very clever, as you stand on the balcony looking out... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I decided to visit the museum because I was in that part of town and it was an opportunity to learn more than military history...and I was completely blown away! I got there 3 hours before closing & thought it would be more than enough time to explore the museum...boy was I wrong! I should have allowed at least 4... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The Aztec exhibition was very good and informative. It wasn't too busy when we went so we had more time to enjoy the exhibits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Very interesting museum with an overview of archeological work done here. However, we had a very difficult time finding the exit once we decided to leave. Had to find a security person so they could show us the way out.

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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.