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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 #18 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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Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We started with the multi-media show which was a nice summary of Montreal's history. Next we went to the Pirate exhibit which was interesting but a little too small. It was also very catered for kids. My favourite was the Macro Polo exhibit which takes you through his long journey of 28 years. It was an interesting exhibit but at... More

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

While strolling around the "market", there was so much to see, taste and buy. Enjoyed our time there and learned a lot. The interpreters (who spoke both English and French) we're very knowledgeable and engaging with visitors. A great day had by all as there was something for everyone. Sadly, time did not permit us to actually go into the... More

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Dallas, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This museum in atop an authentic archaeological site. Good exhibits but best part is underground visit of old city dig... still in operation.

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Cambridge, MA
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23 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

You start with a 15 minutes multi-media -- history of the world in 15 minutes -- glaciers come, go, people come, go, Montreal founded... Great Hollywood but not very deep. Then you explore the archeological underpinning, which is interesting but not worth spending more than an hour.

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Boston, MA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This is a must-see, especially to learn about the history of Montreal. The museum is built around an archeological site, which is also incorporated into the dynamic multimedia presentation about the city's past. There was a fascinating special exhibit on Marco Polo when we visited, as well as a fun, interactive pirate exhibit for kids.

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Brasilia, DF
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The Pointe-a-Calliere Museum was the visit that most pleased adults and a 2-year old alike. It has loads of history about the city of Montreal and how it came to be founded, a ton of interactive activities and information, and pleased everybody. It is also a long visit, so I would save 3 hours at least for that. If you... More

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Amherst, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Very informative and well-done. This is an archeological museum. They have uncovered the foundations of several building on the site allowing you to really see and understand Montreal's history.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This was our second visit to this museum my kids (10 and 6) love it. It is IMHO a must see for visitors to Montreal. So easy to spend hours here, first the light and sound show, of the history of Montreal from the glaciers retreat to present day. Next the archeaological interactive exhibit in the 'basement' and on it... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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34 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We went to Point-a-Calliere Museum that explores the history of Montreal through archaeological studies and artifacts. The museum is located close to edge of the St. Lawrence River in Old Montreal. Children enjoyed learning about pirates, and we liked the Marco Polo exhibit here

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Montreal, Canada
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

So the historians say! But they don't all agree?! Nevertheless, it is worth your afternoon. But while you're there, eat at the museum restaurant; it is far you're best bet for your money's worth in Old Montreal; a 3 courses meal for under $20. The food is excellent, the service impeccable and the glass of wine very reasonnable! No fast... More

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