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Pointe-a-Calliere Museum

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
As featured in 3 Days in Montreal and 2 other guides
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Address: 350 Place Royale, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 514-872-9150
11:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Definitely worth a visit when in Montreal

This museum was on my list when visiting Montreal for the first time, but not on my must dos. However, they were having a temporary Agatha Christie exhibition (in relation to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 December 2015
Miami, Florida
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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

This museum was on my list when visiting Montreal for the first time, but not on my must dos. However, they were having a temporary Agatha Christie exhibition (in relation to Christie's interest in archeology and her visits to Middle East excavations) and being a Christie fan, I bumped it up to must do and am very glad I did.... More 

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

This museum often has special exhibits which have generally been quite good: interesting and well presented. Their permanent exhibit showing the underground portions of Old Montreal is extremely well done and very interesting.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

When visiting this beautiful city make sure you include Pointe-a-Calliere Museum and area. Located in old Montreal it is a must visit. History, architecture, and beauty

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Diamondhead, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

Very informative and education exhibit on the founding of Montreal. Short introductory video followed by a guided or self-guided tour of the excavations. Some tourist promotional guides will offer 2 for 1 coupons for entrance fee.

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

Start with a video available in any of 8 languages, a small museum upstairs, then down to the archaeology under the building and under the road to the other side of the avenue. Interesting and nicely done.

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Pointe-a-Calliere, Responsable relations publiques at Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, responded to this review

The admission rate provides access to the Museum as a whole, which includes several exhibitions—the Yours Truly, Montréal multimedia show (the video you are talking about), two permanent exhibitions (Where Montréal Was Born and Pirates or Privateers?), and a discovery-exhibition for children and families (Archaeo-Adventure). The rate also includes access to two temporary exhibitions (currently, Snow and the world exclusive... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

This museum is centered around the history of Montreal and the surrounding area. A guided tour is included (but not mandatory) making it also a great value. The tour guide was obviously a studied historian with a wide depth of knowledge. Awesome and engaging! Time needed is about 1-2 hours... worth it... especially if you need to escape the cold/rain/snow... More 

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San Antonio, Tx
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

We always enjoy visiting the History/Archaeological museum in the cities we visit around the world. Pointe-a-Calliere ranks in the top tier. If this type of activity is of interest to you, do not miss. As advertised, it is an actual archaeological site, as well as presenting the history of Montreal. Start with the well done multi-media presentation and go from... More 

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Pointe-a-Calliere, Responsable relations publiques at Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting and thanks for you comment! More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

Very well done museum. Impressive multi-media presentation / orientation. Tour guide was enthusiastic and interesting. Current special exhibit (pirates & privateers) is good for families / children. Provided a good basis for understand the history of Montreal.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2015

Shoe-horned this one in on a foot and half while in Montreal one Sunday afternoon, when my brother and sister-in-law decided to go to the Atwater market after the Biodome that morning. I focused on the ruins in the foundation of the building, and hit the Snow exhibit in about 15 minutes (mostly for my wife, who couldn't come along.)... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

This is a small museum, built over a foundation of a much older building. The visit starts with an unusual and interesting video shown on three walls and also on the recessed floor surface in front of the audience. The visitor can then go down to the basement and walk among the stone foundation walls of that older building. Then... More 

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Pointe-a-Calliere, Responsable relations publiques at Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments! There's also the permanent exhibition Pirates or privateers? (in the Ancienne-Douane building that is connected to the Museum by the underground). The Museum also present two temporary exhibitions, right now Snow (in the main building, the Eperon) and starting on Dec. 8 (until April 17, 2016), Investigating Agatha Christie, which is one of the major international... More 

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