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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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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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Was initially skeptical due to $20 admission but soon found it was well worthwhile. Multimedia shoe us good and English speaking guide gave a fascinating tour of the underground... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Was initially skeptical due to $20 admission but soon found it was well worthwhile. Multimedia shoe us good and English speaking guide gave a fascinating tour of the underground site. Includes underground views of original fortifications. Plan on a couple of hours, more if you do Aztec (also with English guide).

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

My wife and I visited the museum for the temporary exposition "Azteca". It was very interesting and we learned a lot of things. What a great civilization! I would not suggest that visit for kids under 12, unless they are really interested by the subject. We also visited the other temporary exposition "Winter" that shows how Canadians adapted to real... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I am very interested in history and archeology, so I expected to be very interested in the museum's exhibit about the history of Montreal. Unfortunately, I was not. I think the problem is that the emphasis is on showing an actual archeological site, but stone walls are only so interesting. In short, it seemed like a concept that was great... More 

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Very good museum to view and learn the travels of Marco Polo and the beginnings of Montreal. I especially got interested in Marco Polo's family history and his very colorful and interesting travels around the world. Silks, herbs and spices, meeting people, traversing through hard and ever changing climates...such an awesome person! Be sure to see this place!

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Raleigh, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a great museum with an interesting tour through Montreal's history. There was an Aztec exhibit and snow exhibit when we visited and the snow exhibit was very cool, pardon the pun groan groan. After the museum we walked across the street to the most incredible patisserie Maison Christian Faure and the array of stunning and delicious cakes was... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Quite interesting...plenty of ruins and written info describing the original settling by French and English of what is now Montreal.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I loved this exhibit! Being able to walk thru the ruins was amazing. There was also a 3 screen movie that played, headphones that you can tune to your language was very helpful. And there was an Aztec exhibit also. Fascinating!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

During our Montreal visit, we spent a few hours at the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum in Old Montreal. We arrived at opening which was ideal since the crowds grew as the day went on. First, we toured the Aztec exhibit which was very interesting and informative. Even though we saw the exhibit first, we wisely decided to stay for the English language... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

If you are in Montreal this summer, don't miss this unique exhibition and the introduction video on Montreal and its geological, pre Columbian, French and post colonial history. This is a great Canadian museum unfortunately overlooked by many visitors. Don't miss it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We spend a 1/2 day in this museum and had lunch at the Bistro. It was a fun way to learn about the history of Montreal and the view from the bistro was lovely.

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Additional Information about Pointe-a-Calliere Museum

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.