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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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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Pointe-à-Callière, the birthplace of Montréal and a National Historic Site,...

Pointe-à-Callière, the birthplace of Montréal and a National Historic Site, offers visitors the opportunity to explore history through an original underground circuit leading through archaeological excavations. At the start of their visit, an immersive multimedia show presents a high-speed view of the city's history, the remains come to life and the count down begins! The museum also offers year-round temporary local and international exhibitions. For Montréal's 375th anniversary in May 2017, Pointe-à-Callière will inaugurate a new pavilion highlighting Fort Ville-Marie.

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The Underground Archaeology of Montreal

We had a lot of fun exploring the early roots of Montreal, which have been uncovered and then preserved indoors. There is a short film at the beginning which lays out the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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White Plains, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a lot of fun exploring the early roots of Montreal, which have been uncovered and then preserved indoors. There is a short film at the beginning which lays out the history. Then you go down to the exhibit. Worth the time if you're in the Old City.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is set on the grounds of a couple of important buildings in Montreal history. The underground section, where you see the actual foundation, is the novel part and it works. I like to look at history through archeology and that is what this museum does. There are an array of permanent and changing exhibits. This place explains Montreal... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So,you want to know how Montreal got started? Well this is the place to go.What's more it is a living museum as it is built on top of old walks and paths of long ago Montreal The exhibits are truly awe inspiring as they put you back to the actual place where the first settlers made Montreal 'home'.From the first... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice relaxing display of all things Montreal. The basement area where old ruins have been uncovered is very interesting.Something to be sure to include in your tour of Old Montreal.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The cool part of this museum is that it's built on top of an archeological dig. The intro video about the museum gave a pretty neat overview of how Montreal was founded and changed throughout the year. That being said, some of the archeological section was under renovation, so we didn't get to see as much as we liked.

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Pointe-a-Calliere, Public Relations Manager at Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, responded to this review

We’re glad to hear you enjoyed our multimedia show! The Museum is constantly seeking to improve it’s offer to our visitors, unfortunately this currently means a fair amount of construction. We look forward to welcoming you again in summer 2017 when construction will be concluded and our new pavilion, fort Ville-Marie, will be open to the public. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Pointe-à-Callière museum four or five years ago and loved it -- especially the interactive conversations with virtual residents of the city at various eras. On a recent visit hardly any of the interactive exhibits were operating; and big areas of the archeological site were off limits during construction. So we were disappointed. On the other hand, they... More 

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Pointe-a-Calliere, Public Relations Manager at Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, responded to this review

The Museum is indeed going through a big phase of construction at the moment as we work towards the opening of a new pavilion in 2017 – Fort Ville-Marie. Our goal in enlarging the museum is to present new archaeological finds and continuously improve visiting experiences for our guests. We are sorry to hear that our work impeded your enjoyment... More 

Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Built on first village foundations of the french colony. This museum also offers interesting international exhibitions

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent Museum, lots of interactive features, interesting to get to know the culture in Quebec, Montreal and vicinity. Definetly take some time to visit it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been to this museum all three times we've visited Montreal. It's fascinating to see the layers of the old city, and to think about its various inhabitants. The gift shop is worth a look, too.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was on my list of must do's. It is in an easy to find location in Old Montreal. We were lucky that they were offering 30% off on the day we went because the elevator was out of order. There is an intro video in 8 different languages to start. It is interesting but it goes really fast!... More 

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