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Montreal Families

Birthday festivities at Pointe-à-Callière

The Pointe-à-Callière museum celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and families are invited to take part in the festivities.

To mark the occasion, the national archaeological and historic site will be hosting special activities throughout the year, including a birthday bash on May 17, and implementing a $30 membership rate for individuals.

Montreal locals, visitors from out of town, and those looking for an interactive and enriching experience are invited to explore the city’s history from a whole new perspective.

Caroline Thibault, © Pointe-à-Callière, Cité d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal

The story of Montreal through objects

The museum kicked off the anniversary celebrations in late February with the opening of the Favourites! Our Collections on Display exhibition, which runs until January 8, 2023. The 400 items are part of the first exhibition dedicated to Pointe-à-Callière’s ethnohistorical collection and gives visitors a glimpse into Montreal history and its residents’ lives. Toys, jewelry, books, furniture, and everyday articles have been chosen from the more than 40,000 preserved pieces in the museum’s permanent collection, which represents Montreal society’s rich history.

The 400 “favourites” are displayed in 20 themed settings enriched with audiovisual material that brings to life the workers, merchants, and families. Discover key events, the evolution of transportation and telecommunications, and the development of the economy and navigation on the St. Lawrence River.

Hands-on exhibits will have curious minds trying to guess the use of various objects, and interactive games give visitors a chance to test their knowledge and hop onto various means of transportation used in Montreal over the years.

Viking artifact, © Pointe-à-Callière, Cité d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal

Embark on a Viking voyage

Opening spring 2022, the exhibition VIKINGS – Dragons of the Northern Seas takes a unique and innovative look at the Viking age and its lively and legendary culture. Peasants, farmers, traders, seafarers, and warriors—the Vikings left their mark on the world between 793 and 1066 CE.

The exhibition goes beyond the images of fearsome horn-helmeted warriors and conquerors and explores their extraordinary culture, achievements, traditions, and beliefs through four major narratives: the tale of origins, the tale of life, the tale of travel, and the tale of the end of days. Browse more than 650 objects and artefacts from the collections of the National Museum of Denmark — punctuated with images from Ubisoft’s @Assassin’s Creed Valhalla game.

A new way to explore

Gain access to exclusive information with the new digital rally that will engage and entertain visitors of all ages. Use your smartphone to find 30 points of interest around the museum in this digital “seek and find” game.

Interactive play at Come Aboard! Pirates or Privateers? Laura Dumitriu, © Pointe-à-Callière, Cité d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal

About the museum

Montreal’s largest history museum, Pointe-à-Callière sits atop the birthplace of the city and explores history through the everyday lives of the people who lived and passed through the area. Archaeological sites, and hundreds of thousands of preserved items from the collections help to understand the area’s history from 4,000 years ago, through New France and the 20th Century.

Since its opening in 1992 as part of the 350th Anniversary celebrations of the City of Montreal, the museum has grown to its current showcase of permanent exhibitions and temporary shows. Visitors can cross over the remains of an Indigenous fire pit and the remains of Fort Ville-Marie at Where Montreal Began, walk through the dazzling lights of the Memory Collector, and have hands-on fun at the family favourite Come Aboard! Pirates or Privateers?

For the full schedule, pricing, and more details, visit: pacmusee.qc.ca

Pointe-à-Callière
350 Place Royale
Old Montreal, H2Y 3Y5

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