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

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

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • 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
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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

Phone: (514) 872-9150

Official Website: Museum of Archaeology and History (Pointe-a-Calliere Museum)


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

How to get to Museum of Archaeology and History (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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Rated 4.5 out of 5Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History Star Rating

5 Star Rating What a Novel Museum! They have incorporated underground level Archeological excavations of earliest Montreal settlement and city as the basis for this museum! You walk amid some of them, others are directly beneath glass floors. Well explained in French and English and with interactive displays. Fascinating!!!

Susan-Rae Bell - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating This museum should be on your list of things to do in Montreal. There is a lot to learn about the origin of the city here and it's presented in a very elegant way and the price of admission is very low. The Queens of Egypt exhibition (ending November 4th) is put together nicely and it's well managed by the museum staff (letting a certain amount of people through at any given time). If you're a fan of ancient Egypt or enjoyed the King Tut exhibition that's been going around the world (currently in L.A. I think) then this is a nice addition to that experience.

Ricardo Benni - 15 days ago

4 Star Rating Really cool place! Our son enjoyed the pirate exhibit and the sewer exhibit was a peaceful place to prepare for naptime. Wish it was a little easier to navigate with a stroller, but they accommodate as best as possible in the unique space. If you have the option, use a carrier instead of a stroller for little ones.

Denise Bellows - 26 days ago

5 Star Rating Very fun. Lots of activities and full of facts for young and older kids. My 12 years old daughter, 6 and 15 years old nephews had so much fun. They commented that it was " way better than the one in Georgia". Great for the whole family.

linh ta - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating The exhibits did a good job of presenting what info they chose to present... This is a fairly new museum and I was surprised their presentation was not more even handed as far as the First Nations perspective being presented (it simply was not). The look is cool but in some cases they favored tech and aesthetics over content, imo. I'm glad we went there though.

Andrea Lin - 1 month ago


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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