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“One of the best of its kind in the world” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pointe-a-Calliere Museum

Pointe-a-Calliere Museum
350 Place Royale, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y5, Canada (Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal))
+1 514-872-9150
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Ranked #26 of 480 things to do in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“One of the best of its kind in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

This is an extremely fine museum. Of course, you need to be interested in the subject matter, which is narrower than some other museums. There is usually a good temporary show on, but the permanent collection is always worth visiting.

Visited September 2012
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Rhode Island
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“Improving - but still go.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

The museum was started when they were attempting to replace a building, and a good part of it is underground. The museum is not finished, but what is there is fine.

Start with the movie and then take the tour. Both are well worth it. The museum is in 3 buildings now (one is only partly open because of construction).

We were there during the Etruscan show. This was one of the best I have seen out of Europe. I realize that this will not be there for long, but if you are in the area, go.

The Samurai exhibit was better than the one I saw in Japan.

I understand that this museum will be better when the construction is finished, but it is will worth going now.

Visited October 2012
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Montreal has history.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Very well presented presentation, unfortunately the instructions to use the headphones is too brief and then you are plunged into darkness as you try and get them to work. Interesting layout if a little confusing, could do with a few more direction arrows on walls not floor. But well worth the visit to understand the cities colourful past and get to grips with it present identity.

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“Imaginative and Evocative Depiction of Montreal History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

This is a very imaginative museum, starting off from their 20-minute introductory film/light show. Anyone interested in urban or social history will find the archaeology and foundations underground fascinating. The displays show how the city grew and how its people lived and worked and ate and played. The viewing tower in the main building has fine views of the city.
We were also very impressed by an exhibition they had on about the Etruscans, which in content, quality of loans and curation would easily be something a world-class museum like the Met in New York would be deeply proud of.
They have plenty of construction going on, so finding your way around is a little confusing. And we found large parties of school kids and tour groups held up movement. But we were delighted with our visit.

Visited September 2012
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“Take the tour...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

This is an excellent museum but you'll benefit from taking one of the 'free' guided tours because - as others have mentioned - the layout can be a bit confusing.
A pleasant way to learn a bit about the history of Montreal - start with the introductory movie and then explore the archeology under the building.

Visited September 2012
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