Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal's Museum of Archaeology and History

A Montreal Museums Profile: Pointe-à-Callière

Pointe-a-Calliere is an archeology and history museum in Old Montreal.
Photo © Evelyn Reid

Pointe-à-Callière: The Birthplace of Montreal

A historical site, an ethnological resource, and an urban archaeological dig, Pointe-à-Callière Museum was built on the same spot that Montreal was born 375 years earlier, in 1642.

Having the distinction of being the only sizeable archaeological museum in Canada, PAC houses underground remains showing off over 1,000 years of human activity as well as evidence dating back to 4,000 B.C.The recipient of over 50 awards, including the Governor General's Medal for Architecture, PAC is, contrary to its grounds, a youngster by museum standards, having only been around since 1992.


Pointe-à-Callière's Top Annual Event: 18th Century Market

Every August, Pointe-à-Callière proposes an outdoor public market reenactment of what it was like to shop, dress and socialize with the Montreal community in 1750 called 18th Century Market. In 2017 however, Pointe-à-Callière's 18th Century Market is held exceptionally in the spring in 2017, rebranded "Encounters of New France" in honor of the city of Montreal's 375th year anniversary. Be on the lookout for the market May 19 through May 22, 2017 just across the street from the museum in public square Place Royale.


You can't miss it. Participants typically set up stands with "authentic" 1750s produce for sale with actors roam around Old Montreal gesturing and talking 18th century style, interacting with the public as if it really were 1750, though historical mores may even be set 100 years prior to further commemorate the anniversary. 


Permanent Underground Exhibition: Where Montreal Was Born

Stand on the very birthplace of Montreal. Explore 600 years of history in PAC's underground routes and archaeological crypt.


Permanent Exhibition: Montreal - Tales of a City

A permanent multimedia show lasting just under 20 minutes, Montreal - Tales of a City introduces visitors to important historical figures who built Montreal, such as:


Permanent Exhibition: The Youville Pumping Station

Montreal's first electrical waste water pumping station dates back to 1915 complete with century-old motors, valves, pumps, and electrical equipment.


Permanent Exhibition: Yours Truly, Montréal

Experience the history of Montreal via a wrap-around 270º degree immersive screen. The multimedia presentation lasts 18 minutes.


Permanent Exhibition: Pirates or Privateers?

This immersive experience is perfect for families and ages 6 to 12. Kids get to experience what it was like manning a late 17th century/early 18th century ship.


Temporary Exhibitions

Past temporary exhibits include Old Montreal in a New Light, Archeology and the Bible - From King David to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Dreams and Encounters in Roman Gaul.


History Saturdays and More

In collaboration with the Historical Society of Montreal and generally held on the first Saturday of every month (though it's best to check the Pointe-à-Callière calendar as other activities take place throughout each month) PAC offers free lectures on a variety of historical subjects pertinent to Montreal. Past lecture subjects include the Ancient Greek colonies of southern Italy and French immigration to New France. Call (514) 878-9008 for more information on PAC's upcoming cultural activities.


Documentation Center

Open to researchers and the public, call (514) 872-9121 to make an appointment for access to PAC's documentation center including several images and historical engravings.


Regular Opening Hours

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Friday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Closed Mondays (except for Labour Day, Monday, December 26, 2016 and Easter Monday)
Closed Canadian Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day


Summer Opening Hours (June 24 to September 4)

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Open on Fête Nationale, Canada Day and Labour Day


Admission Fees*

$22 adult; $19 senior; $15 students ages 18 to 30; $13 youth ages 13 to 17, $8 youth ages 5 to 12; free for kids ages 4 and under; $45 family rate (two adults with either one or two youths under 18 or one adult and three youths under 18).


Contact Information

350 Place Royale (corner of de la Commune)
Old Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y5
Call (514) 872-9150 for more information.


Get There


*Note that admission fees, dates, business hours and other details are subject to change without notice. For more information, consult the Pointe-à-Callière website.