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.

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Address: 165 Pl. d'Youville 1er étage, Montreal, QC H2Y 2B2, Canada

Phone: (514) 872-9149

Official Website: Pointe-a-Calliere Museum


Rated 4.5 out of 5Pointe-à-Callière - Boutique du Musée Star Rating

4 Star Rating One of the more impressive museums I’ve been to, because of its interactive and diverse approach to information presentation. From videos to light shows to song and traditional exhibits, I learned a lot about Montreal, and the people who have lived on this land. I also enjoyed the Egyptian exhibit— mummies and cats and facts oh my! It’s a little expensive but not bad if you had a small group. I gave it four stars because despite its immersive, in-depth history of Montreal, it didn’t mention the French and Indian war, or the British battle to take over Montreal— its vague references of the change between New France and Britain seemed to whitewash an important aspect of Canadian and global colonial history.

K Cheesman - 5 months ago

5 Star Rating Brilliant exhibitions and helpful, patient staff; such a fascinating place. Full of history and interest, and presented in a way that involved people of all ages. Absolute must see attraction.

Gwenda Brodie - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating I had a good time, the staff is very helpful and friendly, went for the Egyptian exhibition felt like it was lacking a bit but I had a great time

Rene Germain - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I go there every Canada day! Modern museum showing Montréal Archeological History as a permanent collection , temporary exhibits are always showcased as well. Tips: Buy your tickets online ,the museum's popularity slows down the on-site ticket process . Also ,the Archeological exhibit is under the structure so you cool off from the summer heat if you go there in the summer . Start at the Old Montreal Marché Bonsecours and make your way all the way to this museum crossing the old port.

Jimmy D. - 4 months ago

4 Star Rating Dry nice visit. The Egyptian exhibit was very nicely put together.

Jim Kontos - 1 month ago

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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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