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)

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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

4 Star Rating An interesting museum that is cool to see coming through Montreal. I've been here twice in the last 10 years and I've enjoyed how information is shared. It's clear that the designers try to make the museum fun and engaging. If you are interested in Montreal's history it's well worth the trip.

Charlene K - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating The MUST see museum for your trip to Montreal. Very interesting info on how Montreal was settled and grew to what it is today. Only issue was the kids in the Customs House. Students go to museums but screaming and running around was too much and couldn't see the Customs House at all due to 60+kids having lunch and not allowing space

J Rhind - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating Super neat how the museum itself is built around stonework ruins on the spot where Montreal began. Canada isn't old, and the indigenous people didn't build huge stonework civilizations to unearth, but this museum is able to take things back at least as far as the 1600s. It offers both English and French for all exhibits. One word of caution, though: It's two short steps away from being a literal labyrinth. Don't panic, just ask a staff member for help.

Carla Heinrichs - 17 days ago

4 Star Rating It's much bigger on the inside than it looks like from the outside. they've done a great job of creating a museum under the buildings to bring to life the founding of Montreal. The displays use a variety of interesting and interactive display techniques. I found my time in the museum visit as a fun, interesting and educational visit.

Anthony Edwards - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating Such a beautiful museum ! Had so much to see and the architecture and history behind it adds to the experience. Prepare to spend time here because you will want to go through everything and take it all in. Can't wait to come back here again

Andjela En Route Productions - 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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