Where Montréal Began
Very few cities in the world have preserved their actual birthplaces. Montréal is one of the fortunate ones, as you can see in this under- and above-ground tour of a unique institution, classified as an archaeological and historic site of national importance. But Pointe-à-Callière is much, much more. With its multimedia show, exhibitions, outdoor events and playful and interactive approach, it’s an essential stop in Old Montréal all year round, for all ages!
Stroll through the in situ remains and artifacts unearthed during the archaeological digs conducted before the Museum was built. You’ll dive beneath the surface in the Crossroads Montréal permanent exhibition and explore six centuries of history, including the days of New France: Fort Ville-Marie’s first Catholic cemetery, part of Montréal’s fortifications and more.
Projected onto an incredible immersive set, the multimedia show Generations MTL is a must-see introduction to the city’s history during which six Montrealers will tell you all about their Montréal.
Walk through the first collector sewer of Montréal in a mysterious sound-and-light environment that will lead you to Fort Ville-Marie. In the exhibition Where Montréal Began, you will walk in the footsteps of Montréal’s founders as you make your way across an impressive glass floor built over archaeological remains.
Pirates or Privateers? In this Interactive exhibition, Montréal privateer Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville invites young visitors to sign on as crew members and climb aboard his ship, the D'Iberville, to defend New France! They can have fun with the interactive challenges, get ready for combat, join in a battle at sea … sailors from 6 to 12 and even younger will love this introduction to the exciting life of a privateer in the 17th and 18th centuries, when Ville-Marie was the hub of the fur trade.
Do you have what it takes to be an archaeologist? In the archaeo-adventure workshop, families can try their hands at a dig site, in the archaeologist’s tent and back in the laboratory. Grab your trowel and brush or your surveying tools and pencils, and get ready for an experience full of surprises!
It’s harvest time! Bring your shopping basket to Place Royale, Montréal's first marketplace, for the weekend-long 18th-CenturyPublic Market. There are overflowing stalls, merchants of all kinds, artisans, musicians, historic figures, military parades, a First Nations camp … as the Montréal of old comes back to life!
Do you know L'Arrivage?
Upstairs in the Museum’s main building, this restaurant bathed in natural light offers an exceptional view of the Old Port and an equally remarkable menu.