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Travel back in time to experience the life of Montréal's first inhabitants and settlers at Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex. The birthplace of Montréal and a National Historic and Archaeological Site, Pointe-à-Callière presents centuries of history, from Indigenous settlements to the present day.
The experience begins with an avant-garde multimedia show on the city’s history. Projected onto an incredible, immersive set space created especially for the show, Generations MTL will dazzle you with its technological wizardry and artistic sensibility. From seats overlooking impressive archaeological remains, get wrapped up in this captivating narrative and learn how, over the centuries, borrowings and exchanges helped forge the city’s identity, making it a true hub at the crossroads of Europe and North America.
Then it’s off to explore an original underground circuit leading through archaeological excavations starting with the First Nations settlements. Gain appreciation for the Montréal of yesterday and today, from the city's foundation to the British colonial period, as you peruse the complex’s seven pavilions and structures: the Éperon Building, the Marketplace, the Old Custom House, Mariners’ House, Fort Ville-Marie, the Youville Pumping Station, and the First Collector Sewer.
In addition to the permanent exhibitions where history comes to life through the innovative use of multimedia technologies, the museum presents temporary exhibits on the world's great civilizations, near and far, and a full calendar of cultural activities for the whole family.
When it’s time to take a break, L’Arrivage Bistro on the second floor of the main building offers a delicious menu with an exceptional view of the Old Port. The museum gift shop holds a wealth of exclusive items, from local products to Indigenous objects, books and more.
June 25 to Sep 2, 2019: Sun, Sat, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sep 3, 2019 to June 23, 2020: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun, Sat, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Variable schedule on statutory holidays.