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“Always interesting!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pointe-a-Calliere Museum

Pointe-a-Calliere Museum
350 Place Royale, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y5, Canada (Ville-Marie)
+1 514-872-9150
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Ranked #19 of 239 attractions in Montreal
Type: Museums
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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 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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Montreal, Canada
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“Always interesting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

This museum always has something interesting on display. Our last visit was for an exhibit about Easter Island...a fascination of my husbands. For those interested in Montreal's history, they have a terrific tour of the archaeological digging down below the museum that they kept intact for that very reason, once found they kept it all to use as a great tool to show the different levels of evolution in the building of Montreal...It's made interesting and very well done, in both french and english for all ages....Highly recommended!

Visited December 2011
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“always something to discover / toujours des choses à découvrir”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

The temporary exhibits are inevitably fascinating in this unique museum in Old Montreal. Where else can you travel through time and space through ruins and archaeological collections in Canada? The temporary exhibit Colours of India is spectacular. Worth the entry fee and if you live in the city it is good value to become a friend and have free access as well as other privileges.
Apart les ruines archéologiques qui rendrent ce musée unique au Canada les expositions temporaires comme Les couleurs de l'Inde font de ce musée un 'must'. La visite vaut le prix d'entrée et si on habite Montréal devenir ami donne accès libre et d'autres privilèges.

Visited December 2011
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“Booooooooooring!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

I've been here twice, and both times we left within 10-15 minutes. Honestly, there's just not much in here, it's a waste of taxpayer dollars. I wouldn't have gone if it wasn't free on the days we went.

Visited February 2011
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“History presented in an accessible way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

With only enough time for one museum and my companion having no desire to visit an art gallery, we decided to visit this museum at Pointe a Calliere - a part of Montreal that has been occupied from pre-colonial times and throughout the French and British occupancies. The recommended time for this museum is 1.5 hours and we spent two hours here. All exhibitions are in French and English and the visit starts with a film showing the history of Montreal. Moving on through the remains of this small part of Montreal, we were shown a cemetery, foundations of the governor's 'chateau', and foundations of an insurance building. There is enough information to bring the bare bones to life and as non-Canadians on our first visit to Montreal, indeed to the Province de Quebec, we found it interesting and informative without being at all boring.

Visited November 2011
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“History as propaganda”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2011

Beautiful building, terrible displays (esp. the film) devoted to trashing the English in favour of the French who apparently brought peace and harmony to the local inhabitants! Amusing but not history. And this is the official museum.

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