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Pointe-a-Calliere Museum

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
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Address: 350 Place Royale, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 514-872-9150
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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

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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Even the kids enjoyed this museum!

We started our tour of Old Montreal by visiting the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum. It is a lovely museum, very informative and entertaining. There's a 20-minute movie that gives you... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We started our tour of Old Montreal by visiting the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum. It is a lovely museum, very informative and entertaining. There's a 20-minute movie that gives you an overview of Montreal's history - they have headphones and offer about 8 languages. I suggest to start with the movie. The movie is very well-done and entertaining for adults and kids... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My friends and I toured through the Emile Hermes exhibit yesterday and what a wonderful opportunity it was to see rarely ever released treasures from Paris and the Hermes organization. We had an excellent approx 30 min tour with Alexandre as our enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable guide. He was simply the perfect guide to share his love of all things... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum is a first class exhibit of the founding of the city. It retells the history since it was first settled about 4,000 years ago. The story continues through the various native groups to the first settlement by Europeans in 1642. The foundations of the original buildings are preserved in the basement of the current museum for all to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum wasn't even on our checklist for Montreal until a server at breakfast recommended it as a must see in old Montreal. Definitely a must see. It was the perfect place to spend an afternoon ( we could have stayed longer than we did ) after a morning walking tour. Start out by watching the video in the theater... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a fantastic easy way to learn about the history of Montreal. Don't miss and definitely start with the Beautifully done multimedia presentation which is good for adults and kids. The recovered archeological foundations of early building and displays are well done and fun to visit. This is a great stop for families, couples or solo travelers. Nice location... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Come to this museum to see how this city started out and why it exists. Really good introduction in an easy to digest form with a good movie that is available in multiple translations on headphones. By the way the museum is rather extensive and the restaurant on the site is outstanding - easy to make a day of it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went here on a rainy day--what a great find when you need to be indoors! We started in the dig area, where you can see the explorers who first came, the natives they encountered and traded with and the remains--all in the lowest level of a dig! So cool. The remainder of the museum captures the history of Montreal,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The opening video is worth seeing. Show projected on screen and ruins below makes it unique. Earphones allow for 8 different languages. Good exhibits of excavated household items. The pirate display is highly interactive and good for kids, but not all stations on the ship worked. Strangest part of the museum was the display of horse-related items in what I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Be sure to take the introductory tour which (in English or French) is very informative about the history of Montreal, our tour guide was friendly and well spoken and very brief but concise. The exhibit on the horse or the House of Hermes was exquisite with all kinds of beautiful carriages, the history of the horse in Paris, marvelous photos,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

i was really looking forward to visiting this museum, it coupled 2 of my interests , history ,archaeology,but it was kind of disappointing, maybe i was expecting too much, the archaeological exhibits were lacking(to my untrained eyes), i was expecting more intact ruins , there wasnt much that you could recognize as a building,lots of grey stone lol,maybe the literature... More 

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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.