POINTE-À-CALLIÈRE CITÉ D'ARCHÉOLOGIE ET D'HISTOIRE
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On the very site where Montréal was founded, this museum showcases important architectural remains and a unique collection of objects and artifacts. The site was the subject of numerous excavations in the 1980s, leading to the discovery of 1,000 years of human activity and the founding of the museum in 1992, during Montreal's 350th anniversary celebrations. It was classified as a national historic and archaeological site in Canada in 1998 and in Quebec the following year. The museum complex is made up of various buildings: the Éperon (reception pavilion with ticket office and cloakroom), the archaeological crypt, the Ancienne-Douane (old customs house), the Maison des Marins (Mariners' House), the Youville Pumping Station and, since 2017, Fort Ville-Marie and the first collector sewer. Don't miss the multimedia show "Générations MTL" which will take you on a journey through the great moments of Montréal's history and development (shown every hour). The museum also houses some of the most interesting temporary exhibitions and has in the past hosted exhibitions on the origins, secrets and heritage of the Inca Empire, the traditions and trends of French dining, the queens of ancient Egypt, the cult TV series La Petite Vie, the shamanism and mythology of traditional Amazonian societies, etc. If there's only one museum you need to visit to discover the history of the city, it's Pointe-à-Callière. A must-see!
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Open year-round (closed Mondays in the off-season). Adult: $24 CDN. Boutique and bistro L'Arrivage on site.
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