The Pointe-à-Callière, or the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History traces the history of Montreal. It opened on May 17, 1992, the 350th anniversary of Montreal’s founding, near the site of the original fur trading settlement. The museum is housed in six different buildings. The main building is the Éperon, an iconic modern building built atop and old crypt. The Ancienne-Douane building was Montreal’s first Customs House. The Youville Pumping Station, built in 1915, was the city’s first electric wastewater pumping station. Archaeological excavations are constantly underway on site.
There are three permanent exhibitions. Where Montreal Was Born has archaeological remains from Native American Settlement, and also artifacts from Europe’s colonial history. The Multimedia Show is a video detailing the city’s history, from prehistoric times to the present. Montreal Love Stories is focused on the people of Montreal and their stories. There are letters, personal objects, and first-hand accounts of life in the city throughout history.
Montreal’s history is not as extensive or interesting as those of many other world-class cities. Nonetheless, this is one of Montreal’s best museums. The Montreal Love Stories is especially insightful and provides good insight into the people of this city. If you’re not that interested in history, you might want to pass, since the museum is a little pricy.
Location: 350 Place Royale, Montreal, H2Y 3Y5
Telephone: (514) 872 9150
Hours: Open Tuesday-Friday 10:00-17:00; Saturday and Sunday 11:00-17:00
Closed Mondays and holidays.
$10.00 Seniors (65+)
$6.00 Youth (6-12)
Free admission for children under 6.