AN ANCIENT STOPPING PLACE
The Maison Nivard-De Saint-Dizier, built in 1710 overlooking the St. Lawrence River, in Verdun, is one of the oldest buildings on Montréal Island. What’s more, it’s located on the largest prehistoric site ever discovered in Montréal. Over 5,500 years ago, Native people pulled into this natural harbour to portage around the rapids, and they left evidence of their passing: remains of firepits and more than 16,000 Native artifacts, including projectile points, potsherds, scrapers and more. Now it’s your turn to stop here!
Step back in time! The permanent exhibition showcases the treasures unearthed during archaeological digs conducted here, demonstrating just how popular this site was with First Nations people over the years. You can also admire the 300-year old building and some of the finds made when it was restored recently.
To learn all about Native history, there’s nothing like getting your hands a bit dirty. The whole family can join the simulated archaeological digs every weekend (except when it rains), and turn up some very realistic-looking discoveries!
Enjoy the museum’s cultural activities for all ages: fishhook- and Native pottery-making workshops, lectures on Native settlement patterns, Native storytelling evenings, and much more.
On the bike path
Is the museum closed when you drop by on your bike or in-line skates? No problem! Check out the nine outdoor panels recounting the prehistory and history of this strategically located site.