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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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Ranked #20 of 244 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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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We showed up near closing time; only time for the 20 min show. We weren't impressed as the presentation didn't spend enough time covering the earlier years (1600-1800's). Beautiful builidng and great location.

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New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

There is so much info here, it is a bit overwhelming. But the catacombs were fascinating and it is very well designed.

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The highlight of this museum for me was the presence of the archaeological dig in the basement for visitors to explore and understand. On a human scale.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Nice chronological account of Montreal's history from a social perspective. For only $6, this was well worth the stop. The third floor however was in French only with an English brochure as opposed to bilingual descriptions.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I thought the signage and maps they handed out could be better. I was confused on where to go first. The first place to go is the theatre. The movie was a superficial over-view of Montreal. I left wondering why they speak French (although I have a better understanding of the history of Montreal than a first time visitor). I... More

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Houston, Texas
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19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Allow at least 2 hrs. Film was very good. Excavation areas are well done & very informative. Marco Polo exhibition was excellent.

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Ireland
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Great if archeology is your thing. The Marco Polo exhibition was also on view and was excellent.Take the elevator to the tower for a city view. Have lunch in restaurant L'Arrivage attached to museum. Excellent value and very tasty.

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Langley City, Canada
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86 reviews 86 reviews
21 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Really enjoyed this museum.. good exhibits on the history of Quebec.The Marco Polo Exhibit was visiting while we were and we thoroughly enjoyed the displays there.

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georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We had read about this museum in a guide book and thought it would be of some interest. We started with the film presentation which I felt gave a good, short history of Montreal. Then we proceeded to the foundations of the city. I had not seen this in any of the many museums that I have visited. It was... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Let's start with the positives! The foundations going back through the ages are good, as is the accompanying film presentation. The views from the top of the tower are good. But then the negatives - much wasted space, poor captioning of exhibits, certainly not up to the expected standard. For me the visit was saved by the Marco Polo temporary... More

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