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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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11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
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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Fascinating museum

My husband and I visited this museum and really enjoyed it. We started with the English tour of the Aztec exhibit. Great exhibit and very helpful tour. Then we took the English... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

My husband and I visited this museum and really enjoyed it. We started with the English tour of the Aztec exhibit. Great exhibit and very helpful tour. Then we took the English tour of the main exhibit, the ruins of old Montreal. Very cool how they've floated the building above the ruins to protect them. There were several more exhibits... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Located in old Montreal. Learn about the history of the city. See the audio-visual show. Go to the tunnels in the basement or visit the changing exhibitions. If you are coming in mid-August, you will see around the museum the festival of New France, where the whole area turns into 400 years old market with people dressed up and serve... More 

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Holmdel, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A must visit for all history buffs and even those who aren't into hardcore history. Fascinating trip into the basement shows you the city from the past, what was found buried underneath the current city streets. Kids will be interested in the feel of walking through actual ruins. Not to be missed!

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Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Wish we had more time! The expanse of this museum is impressive. My favorite exhibit was Old Montreal and seeing the actual street that was there, while being underground and hearing traffic zoom by on the present street. What an experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I saw The Greeks special exhibition in Spring 2015... very well done. I've seen other special exhibits and enjoy their permanent collection. Must see for history and archaeology, including their underground exhibit of old Montreal digs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We went there to see the Aztec, but also discovered the pirates part of the museum, which is full of activities for kids. The walls of old Montreal in the basement are also very interesting, reminded us about Paris a bit. Temporary exhibition about the snow was interesting as well. We lived in Montreal for a very long time and... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Part museum, part archaeological dig. Although you aren't partaking in a dig per say, you really are within the confines of the site! A very informative museum which offers places its history right in front of your eyes. a definite must-visit for more than just the museum-buff!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

It's an odd place. The basement is a mixture of an archaeological site of stones from centuries of Montreal's past together with miniature midel reconstructions of the medieval city in illuminated peepholes in the floor. The ground and first floors have diverse temporary exhibitions of snow and Aztec artefacts. In one respect there couldn't be a sharper contrast between the... More 

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Ridgeway, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We really enjoyed this museum. It wasn't so big that you felt that you couldn't see it all in one trip, but there was enough history and archeology to give you a good understanding of the beginnings of Montreal. The museum includes two permanent exhibitions, Where Montréal Was Born, which examines the city’s history, and Pirates or Privateers?, a discovery-exhibition... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This museum is a collection of building near Old Port. Once you go through the main building, all the spaces are connected. I wanted to go to this museum specifically for the exhibit on the old foundations of Montreal. It was really interesting to see the various additions to the landscape through the years. The layout of the exhibit is... More 

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Address: 350 Place Royale, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 514-872-9150
Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 18 - 18

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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.