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Birthplace of Montréal and an authentic archaeological site, Pointe-à-Callière leads visitors through six centuries of history, from Indian days to the present. Opened in 1992, it combines treasures from the past with advanced technology to offer a fascinating experience.
A 270º screen puts you at the centre of a spectacular immersive experience! Powerful and evocative images of unparalleled emotional intensity take visitors to the heart of great moments in the history of Montréal and its development. With Yours Truly,Montréal, the City speaks to us and tells us its story over time: the birth of Mount Royal, the arrival of the Amerindians, the founding of Montréal, French and British regimes, the modern era and the development of networks.
La Station de pompage Youville, située au 173 d’Youville, est un élément important du patrimoine industriel de Montréal. Cette première station de pompage des eaux usées alimentée à l’électricité donne la chance aux visiteurs de mieux comprendre le mode de fonctionnement et les étapes franchies par les eaux usées qui sont acheminées vers l’actuelle station d’épuration. Les visites sont disponibles pour les groupes (15 personnes minimum) seulement, sur réservation : (514) 872-9127
Often mistaken for one another, pirates and privateers dealt with very similar challenges, but one group worked legitimately while the other didn’t. Here’s a golden opportunity to learn which were the true heroes of the St. Lawrence River with Pirates or Privateers?
Specifically designed for young people and families, the exhibition will take shape as an adventure tale in which all visitors will have a chance to climb aboard a huge ship, created especially for the occasion. Young people will set off on a journey, as if they themselves were 17th century privateers.
Presented in the Ancienne-Douane building, Pirates or Privateers? will bring to life the world of the privateers that left their mark on Québec’s past, notably the great Montréal privateer Pierre Le Moyne D'Iberville. An explorer and privateer born on Saint-Paul Street in Old Montréal (near the present-day location of Pointe-à-Callière), D’Iberville will choose young recruits to be part of his crew.
The interactive and immersive experience will delight youngsters: imagination, initiative, team spirit, and physical and intellectual abilities are required throughout the tour. Participants will find out if they have what it takes to become privateers, and learn if they have the skills of a good sailor, a sense of direction, and the ability to navigate a boat. This unique space will feature objects and artefacts from various Québec-based collections. It just goes to show that history, archaeology, and adventure can go hand in hand.
The new permanent exhibition, Where Montréal Was Born, is an emotion-packed rendezvous with the history of this city born over 360 years ago. Highlights: Montréal's first Catholic cemetery, with an audiovisual environment, along with an interactive model showing how the site has evolved from 1350 to the present and a virtual fresco taking visitors back to a market day in 1750, as passenger pigeons flutter in the marketplace.
The École de technologie supérieure is pleased to present Now for a Dow! The Story of a Montréal Brewery. The exhibition showcases the industrial past of southwest Montréal, in a tribute to a company that was always on the cutting edge in its industry.
The over one hundred items on display are sure to hold all kinds of fond memories for many visitors, while others will enjoy learning about the bubbling optimism and innovation in this neighbourhood in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Carrefour d’innovation INGO (ÉTS) 355 rue Peel (one street south of Notre-Dame) Bonaventure Metro Hours Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission
Pointe-à-Callière loves to take its visitors on a journey. The Museum is inviting its guests to retrace the route of one of the most famous journeys ever made: that of Venetian Marco Polo, who left his hometown port in 1271 at the age of 17, returning 24 years later, at age 41. Along a path filled with adventure and wonder, visitors will delve into an account of the explorer’s journey, learning about the particular customs of various peoples, different religions, strange fauna, endless landscapes, inventions, rare materials, plants, and wood.
The exhibition, which features rare and valuable objects from major international lenders, is sure to captivate visitors. No effort has been spared in making this a powerful and unforgettable experience: an immersion into the atmospheres of sublime places and landscapes, from Venice to China and the court of the great Khan, by way of Persia, the Mongolian steppe, and the shores of India; an examination of the know-how of Europe and Asia’s master craftsmen; a multi-sensory exploration, inviting visitors to touch furs, silks, and woollen fabrics, and to experience the scent of rare spices that evoke exotic places visited along the way. And of course, the words of our guide, Marco Polo, providing observations that are both realistic and magical at the same time. A true call to far-off places!
Recognized as one of the most creative neighbourhoods in North America, Plateau-Mont-Royal is home to the greatest concentration of artists in the country. The area is popular with hip young professionals who choose to take up residence there. Housing prices go as high as those in Montréal’s wealthiest neighbourhoods. And yet, artists have celebrated the Plateau as a working-class, popular neighbourhood in such works as Les Chroniques du Plateau-Mont-Royal by Michel Tremblay, and Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler. Host to large parks in which generations of Montrealers have come together, Plateau-Mont-Royal has been the setting of many gatherings, at sites including La Fontaine Park and Jeanne-Mance Park. Culture is present throughout the area.
From the famous Théâtre des Variétés and Mile End’s currently emerging music studios to works of film and literature, the wealth of material by writers, filmmakers, musicians, and creative artists has allowed us to examine the area’s evolution from within and to witness the development of associated sensibilities, trends, and emotions. Pointe-à-Callière is proposing a look back at the history and evolution of this emblematic district and its inhabitants that move to the rhythm of the city through representative objects, photographs, film excerpts, literary and theatrical works, and music. The exhibition will showcase the area’s architectural evolution, major social events that took place in the district, and the many artistic works that were born there, tracing the living history of the neighbourhood, from the past to the present.
The exhibition The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great invites visitors on a breathtaking and illuminating journey through 5,000 years of Greek history and culture. It is the most comprehensive exhibition about Ancient Greece to tour North America in a generation and features some of the finest artifacts of the classical world. Many of the objects have never before travelled outside of the country. The exhibition includes priceless treasures, the fruit of fascinating archaeological discoveries, along with items recounting the epic adventures of heroes of Ancient Greece, from the siege of Troy by Agamemnon to the triumphs of Alexander the Great.
Pointe-à-Callière invites young people and their grandparents to pay a visit to the Museum... together! Grandparents (65 and over, on presentation of a piece of ID) and their grandchildren (under 18) both get in free. Family rate, and children under 6 are admitted free.
Learn about archaeology while having fun! The Archaeo-Adventure workshop features a unique simulated dig space for young people and their families. Children can explore the archaeology profession and, working on their own, are introduced to field and lab work. A stimulating activity!
Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June 24 to September 1: daily, until 6 p.m.
:: Closed on April 13, May 18, October 12, December 25 and January 1.
350 Place Royale, Montréal