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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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Great Montreal History Museum

Great museum to learn a bit about Quebec and Montreal history. They have small collections of Native Americans and early Europeans settlers. Very good place to start your visit in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2015
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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

Great museum to learn a bit about Quebec and Montreal history. They have small collections of Native Americans and early Europeans settlers. Very good place to start your visit in Montreal.

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed what we saw at this museum and it was even more interesting to see that it was built over actual excavations. It offers some good interactive activities for kids related to pirates and ancient ship travel. The temporary exhibit on Aztec civilization was also interesting. The not so great part was the difficulty following the map so I... More 

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Almonte, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

This is a unique experience. The museum highlights the history of Montreal (and Canada) on the very site of the original city fortifications which you can explore at your own pace. Our kids loved the pirates exhibit. The movie was also very well done. I was amazed by the visiting Aztec exhibition, such a violent conclusion to one of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

One of the landmarks of Montreal is definitely this museum. It holds the history of the old city and how it was devoured by the on growing big city. Half of the museum is underground as it takes you to a tour on the underground old city of Montreal. It usually holds exhibitions that change every few months. I was... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

The museum, after presenting a short but very informative film, allows you to wander extensively underground among the foundations of old Montreal. Very interesting!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Essentially this is an archaeological museum. Archaeologists have been exploring underneath the old parts of Montreal in search of the ruins of the original city. There is a "show" which explains the museum and gives the history of Montreal. It is relatively short and moves too quickly. Then you descend to the basement where you walk around the foundations and... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Mixed. My wife and I think this museum has terrific potential but isn't there yet. On the plus side, the visuals and the narrative content of the orientation film are excellent. On the negative side, the audio for the orientation film is too loud (we're in our early 70's). On the plus side, the educational displays on the lowest floor... More 

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Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

You will learn about Montreal's unique history through it's foundation...literally walking on it and viewing its original walls...all of it below street level. We took the guided tour and our guides enthusiasm was catching making the visit even more memorable. A great way to start your above ground exploration of the city.

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Aberdeen UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Was not until we took the guided tour the Extent of the underground exhibit area was revealed. Even after the tour lasting more than an hour there was much more to find out. Took us back in time to when North America was first inhabited, then on to the history of the local Montreal evolution from native people to its... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

The museum is built on top of old buildings, and they've excavated underneath, so you can see the remains of older buildings below. I found it very interesting. There were also exhibits on Azteks, pirates, and snow--the place is huge--the pirates exhibit was obviously aimed at children, and the Azteks was just not what I was there for.

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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.