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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
10:00 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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I had planned on this as a first stop but got detoured due to the weather. I was correct in that should be your first stop to get the history of Montreal. Do the film presentation... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had planned on this as a first stop but got detoured due to the weather. I was correct in that should be your first stop to get the history of Montreal. Do the film presentation FIRST! An audio tour was not suggested but if they had one, it would have added so much to the tour. The pirate area... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Learn the history of Canada as seen through the foundations of old Montreal. Events of the last 500 years are simply and clearly explained while you walk among the original foundations and crypts dating back to the first settlements.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the opportunity to see the layers of history & layers of the city. I have never seen a museum like this before - it is nicely balanced to visit with the Notre Dame cathedral. It is pricey, so check to see if there are other exhibitions on as well - there was a great extra archaelogical exhibition with more... More 

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Bolton, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum was interesting. The movie was great, loved the headphone translation. My son enjoyed the basement area where the original parts of the city could be viewed. The pirate area was also very interesting. We all agreed was worth the entrance fee.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a small museum, but you can get a quick course on Montreal's history. The place is small so there aren't many exhibits. However, the video they have is worth watching

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On September 27, 2016, we spent $40.00 Canadian dollars for 2 (two) visitors. Beautiful gift shop items @ mariners' house. We briefly waited for audio & visual presentation about Montreal which runs periodically throughout the day. Museum presentation provides headphones in different languages with adjustable volumes. Museum, restrooms & gift shop are clean. We recommend tourists to visit pointe a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed this museum so much! Starting with a well-done (although a bit cheesy) multimedia show, which they present over headsets in a variety of languages. The bottom level was my favorite, as it takes you below the streets to learn about Montreal's very beginnings. The layout of the museum is a bit confusing and spans two buildings so I... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the museum on the Friday 7th October. We managed to negotiate a 'pensioner' rate after showing our passports as evidence that we were over 65 even though we are nearly 70. The reception desk were less than friendly even though we spoke French with a European accent. The café is a misnomer as one has to reserve a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At first entry, this looks like it's going to be a touristy trap museum, but it's SO much more interesting than that. We really enjoyed our stay here. The museum itself is laid out very strangely, so be sure to take a map, follow signs, and allow extra time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent about 2 hours in the museum beginning with a very informative movie experience giving the history of the area from the Ice Age to today. The movie is available in many languages through the use of individual headsets. Avoid sitting in the front row because the rail made it difficult to see down into the excavated area. You... 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.
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