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“Best Museum in Montreal” 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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New York, NY
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“Best Museum in Montreal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2010

The guided tours make this museum, and Montreal's history, come alive! Our tour guide for the history of Montreal was funny, entertaining, and very knowledgeable. And the museum itself, being a living archealogical dig, is very cool.

Tours of Easter Island exhibit and native cultures were good, but not as entertaining as the Montreal one.

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Montreal, Canada
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“Don't go! Construction ruined visit - charged full price, exhibits closed!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2010

You enter nice building, pay your $15.00 fee, then are told feature film exhibit is closed (the girl at the desk said it wasn't all that much anyways)! Went up to Easter Island exhibit, which was interesting but impossible to enjoy because of construction noise (no way to know this ahead of time) that was going on to rebuild the feature film exhibit. Go downstairs to the underground exhibit and are dumped off at the end of the numeric stations, extremely confusing (probably because you would normally come down from the film exhibit). No guides to be found. Inadequate map of the place is handed out. No information on flyer of guided tour, had to ask at the desk, told only two per day. Asked for refund, told could not get one, wrote out complaint and was then given free pass to come again, not must good when you are a tourist visiting for a few days. Gave free pass away to another sucker coming in to at least ease the cost of a over priced museum.

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Annapolis, Md.
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“Museum not worth the $15.00 entry.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

I have been to many museums around the world but found the Pointe-a -Calliere
one of the most boring. My husband and I like archeology and we were enticed by the
promise of a ongoing dig into Montreal's frontier past. The guidebooks informed that there was a 20 minute film, prior to a self-guided tour of the site. No film. No headsets
provided as a self-guiding tool. We wandered about rather aimlessly, and couldn't quite make out the map given us. We never did find the "graveyard" and there seemed to be no staff available on the exhibit floor in which to inquire or get help. In a short time, we ascended the basement area and strolled about a visiting exhibit about Easter Island. If you've seen any National Geographic Specials on the subject of the standing monuments, you've no reason to visit the exhibit. If you have limited time in Montreal, I would definitely suggest skipping the Pointe-a-Calliere.

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Rutherfordton, NC
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“Not worth the money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2010

Save your money. It is somewhat interesting but not worth the $15 admission.

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“Take the Tours!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

I really enjoyed this museum! But what made it so enjoyable for me was that I found the museum tour guide as I was walking around the place. I tagged along for the end of the English speaking montreal tour, then came back at 2:30 for the Easter Island Tour. I also got lunch at the cafe sitting outside on the balcony overlooking the port.... wonderful!! (and their sandwich is a good price!) I would recommend it.

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