Pointe-a-Calliere
Museum of Archaeology and History

The Pointe-a-Calliere Museum of archaeology and history gives you a first hand look at the history of Montreal including an archaeological dig in the museum's basement

Pointe-a-Calliere Museum
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The Pointe-a-Calliere archaeological museum was founded in 1992, making it one of the newer museums in the city, to celebrate the great city's 350th birthday. It is set on top of the city's original birthplace. The museum's properties and exhibit space are actually spread over a number of historic buildings and sites with varying architectural styles and historical significance.

The museum is home to collections of artefacts from the First Nations of Montreal which demonstrate how these various cultures interacted as well as artefacts which demonstrate the influence these people had on the area and its inhabitants. The museum has seen more than 350 000 visitors a year since its opening in 1992.

Pointe-a-Calliere Museum has a number of fascinating exhibits for you to see. Take a look at where Montreal was born with an archaeological dig in an underground room. Take a trip back in time with their multimedia show. Try your own hand at archaeology with an interactive simulation dig. You can even see Montreal's first electrical powered waste water pumping station equipment. The Youville Pumping Station exhibit features some truly fascinating artefacts that date from 1915.

Each year, the museum hosts a number of cultural activities. December 2013 features Santa Clauses from around the world. February to March 2014 features an outdoor show of trains, tugboats and boats sounding their horns in symphony. There are different temporary exhibits on show during the year as well. But you will need to go to the official website to see what is going to be on show when you are in Montreal.

Another bonus while visiting the museum is the great views of the Port of Montreal from the Éperon building tower.

Any person that is interested in history and culture, not only of Montreal, but the rest of the world too, will love a visit to the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Pointe-a-Calliere Museum

Fee: Yes; Family discounts are available. If you have a transit day pass or Opus Card your family can receive an additional $4 discount.

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Regular Hours:

  • Tuesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Category: Museums

Address: 350 Place Royale
Montreal, QC H2Y 3Y5
Canada

Phone: +1 514-872-9150

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
4 out of 5 4 Star Rating
Based on 90 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating I almost spent a weekend in Montréal without a single museum visit. After stopping into here for a couple of hours, I am very glad I didn't. If you are a... Read More

Josh S. Jul-27-2019

3 Star Rating You can easily spend the whole day here, walking around all the different exhibits. Do not use the electronic self checkout machines--they only sell one... Read More

Kseniya K. Jul-13-2019

5 Star Rating This museum is beautiful. The design and actual layout of the museum by itself is flawless! Highly recommended for the price you pay . There's an... Read More

Alicia B. Jun-18-2019

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Directions

Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 2 - OrangePlace-d'Armes10 Minutes

How to get to Pointe-a-Calliere Museum by Metro

By Metro: Take Metro Line 2 to Place-d'Armes; exit and go right (south) on St. Urbain Street. Continue on St. Sulpice Street all the way to de la Commune Street and turn right. The museum is one block ahead where the road forks.

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A quick look at some of the interesting exhibits and artifacts that are beautifully presented in Pointe-a-Calliere Archeological Museum

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