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.
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Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History

350 Place Royale, Montréal, QC H2Y 3Y5, Canada
Phone +1 514-872-9150

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. 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.

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 Jeanne Mance, Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, and Louis-Hector de Callière

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.

Yours Truly, Montréal

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

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." "The Inca, Treasures of Peru" will be on display until Oct. 4, 2020.

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 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

Contact Information

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

Get There

Place d'Armes Metro

For more information, consult the Pointe-à-Callière website.

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