Through nearly 400 pieces selected from the thousands kept at the Museum, Favorites! Our collections on display paints a moving portrait of Montreal life. Furniture, clothing, jewelry, toys, tools, books, maps, posters and iconography literally came out of warehouses to create a rich mosaic, against a theatrical background. Authentic witnesses to the history of the city and that of the people who dreamed it up and built it, these objects reveal the particularities that make Montreal such a unique city.

Awakening more than a few memories and a real sense of wonder, the exhibition will not fail to make visitors fall under the spell of Montreal… one object at a time!

The first exhibition devoted to Pointe-à-Callière’s ethnohistoric collection

Since its very beginnings, Pointe-à-Callière has acquired and conserved objects representative of Montreal society, past and present. Twin to its archaeological collection, the Museum’s ethnohistorical collection has more than 40,000 pieces, the richness and extensive documentation of which testify to the history of the city and the way of life of its inhabitants.

Favorites! Our collections on display offers, for the first time, an overview of the great diversity of this collection. The 400 “favourites” divided into 20 thematic decors evoke daily life in Montreal in all its forms. They bring to life significant events, the evolution of transportation, telecommunications, the development of the economy, finance, navigation on the St. Lawrence River. They embody the Montreal of workers and merchants as well as the sporting, cultural and festive aspects of the city!

Bathed in a typically Montreal soundscape, the scenography of the exhibition is enriched with audiovisual material that gives voice to those who make the city what it is. Touching portraits of our fellow citizens, as well as testimonies from archaeologists, historians and other specialists, complete this living multidimensional gallery with contemporary points of view.

A fun exhibition for young and old

In an unusual stuffed case, a “curiosities box” presents some sometimes surprising objects from a not so distant past… Visitors are invited to summon up some memories or ask questions to try to guess what the objects were used for. . Interactive games will also allow visitors to test their knowledge and try out various means of transportation used in Montreal over the years.

Favorites! Our collections on display, the first exhibition devoted to the ethnohistoric collections of Pointe-à-Callière and a great opportunity to rediscover Montréal through authentic objects from its past and recent history. On display until January 8, 2023.

It’s school vacation time

From February 26 to March 5, 2022, Pointe-à-Callière has planned several outdoor activities for fun with family or friends, all free of charge. Inspired by the It’s circus time! exhibition ending on March 6, 2022, there will be circus shows and workshops to extend the immersion in the fascinating world of the circus, beyond the walls of the Museum. Architectural guided tours and the creation of a collective work of art, in collaboration with Accueil Bonneau, are also on the program. A great opportunity to come and warm your heart and soul in Old Montreal!

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30 Discovery Stops

A brand new digital rally through the archaeological remains and permanent exhibitions has been added to the festivities at Point-à-Callière. This fun “seek and find” event invites visitors to locate 30 points of interest throughout the Museum. Passing from one to the other, smartphone in hand, visitors will have access to exclusive information.

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Pointe-à-Callière: Let’s celebrate… 30 years of history!

May 17, 2022 will mark the 30and Pointe-à-Callière’s anniversary… as well as the 380and Montreal’s birthday. Exhibitions, animations, conferences, digital rally, podcast, quiz… On the program, rich and diversified, throughout the year 2022 to celebrate this double anniversary. Lots of reasons to come and visit or come back to the cradle of Montreal!

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About Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archeology and History Complex

Inaugurated in 1992 as part of the 350and anniversary, Pointe-à-Callière is now the largest history museum in Montreal. Rising above a concentrated number of historical and archaeological sites of national significance, including the cradle of Montreal, the Museum’s mission is to preserve its collections and deepen its knowledge, while highlighting and promoting appreciation of Montreal’s archaeological and historical heritage. This mission is carried out through various activities focused on conservation, research, dissemination, education and inclusion, as well as community initiatives that benefit both Montrealers and visitors to the city.

Pointe-à-Callière, proud partner of the City of Montreal.

FAVORITES! OUR COLLECTIONS ON DISPLAYfrom February 24, 2022 for January 8, 2023

More information on pacmusee.qc.ca
Learn more about the health and safety measures in effect at Pointe-à-Callière: Visitor’s Guide.
30and Anniversary Memberships, $30 – Enjoy the Museum all year round, at a low price: https://pacmusee.qc.ca/fr/soutenez-le-musee/devenez-membre/

SOURCE Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archeology and History Complex

For further information: For images/visuals, please contact us: Source: Nora Charifi, Communications Project Manager, Pointe-à-Callière, Tel: 514 872-2687, Cell: 514 829-0955, [email protected]; Press relations: Nathalie Roy, [email protected], 514 889-3622; Sophie Marsolais, [email protected]514 258-0455


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