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Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History
Modern museum with archaeological digs & interactive exhibits in historical buildings.
350 Place Royale, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y5, Canada

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Emma Rivera
at 2023 Nov 29
Emma Rivera
at 2023 Nov 29
Superb museum with great historical information, immersive and interactive elements, and all-around presentation. The permanent exhibits trace the history of Montreal and the specific structures found at Pointe-a-Calliere starting from the original First Nations peoples to present day. You literally walk through history as you make your way through the museum and the foundations of the various buildings that were once there. Additionally, there's a section on pirates that's extremely interactive and aimed squarely at the younger set. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Montreal!
Matt Flesch
at 2023 Nov 26
Matt Flesch
at 2023 Nov 26
It was a nice experience for the kiddos. We saw the Pirate exhibit, which was pretty cool and had quite a few interactive games and such. The only thing I can say negative is that it was hard to find the entrance to get there, and it was cold outside. But overall, it was a great time
Cathryne Whitten
at 2023 Nov 24
Cathryne Whitten
at 2023 Nov 24
We visited this wonderful museum while in Montreal and because I love archeological exhibits. This museum shows the beginnings of Montreal in the form of a dig. The footprint of the early city is exposed and protected. There was also a wonderful exhibit of artifacts from around the world.
A J
at 2023 Oct 12
A J
at 2023 Oct 12
I went on a weekend and staff were pleasant. The routes can be confusing as there is no clear direction in the basement and pirate ship areas.

The Egyptian exhibit is the piece d' resistance during my visit. Exhibits from 1500BCE were on display including some tombs and mummies.

The history of Montreal is very interactive and interesting. Overall I enjoyed it. Set aside 2 hours if you want to see it all.
ma
at 2023 Oct 08
ma
at 2023 Oct 08
Small underground museum with great interactive narration. It is quite an interesting way to show the history of Montreal. The two buildings with the temporary and permanent exhibitions connect, but with a wheelchair, there are areas that are very hard to access. The museum is generally fully accessible but also a bit hard to navigate. To note also that there are many doors that close at 4.45 not 5pm as advertised and the staff is eager to lock things up at 4.45pm. The full museum can take about 2 hours+
One more thing, I’ve noticed that many reviews mention that the staff is a bit cold and un-empathetic in the regular exhibit and we had a similar experience, this is why I am not ranking the museum higher.
Lori Smith
at 2023 Oct 05
Lori Smith
at 2023 Oct 05
We enjoyed our time at the museum. We especially liked the way they built it around historical walls and artifacts. We also really appreciated their use of digital media to enhance the viewing and interactive elements. We recommend this to help you learn more about Montreal.
Lauren Shiner
at 2023 Aug 24
Lauren Shiner
at 2023 Aug 24
Very confusing layout. Can't even tell you how many times I went around and around in circles. And two entire sections were closed due to flooding?

It's an interactive museum and wonderful for children, but really boring for adults. A lot of $$$ was spent on the presentation of the artifacts, but the artifacts were not that impressive. It almost hurt to see how much money they spent on showcasing the artifacts rather than buying more impressive artifacts. What's that saying about putting lipstick on a pig?

It's interesting to see the foundation of the former building and to read about the indigenous people, but there is way too much time spent on that and not enough time spent on anything really interesting. I would have liked to have seen more indigenous art.

Kids will love the interactive pirate boat exhibit.

I went to see the Egyptian special exhibit. There are a few nice artifacts, including my favourite, the statue of Amenhotep II carved out of porphyritic granite. I also liked the coloured-inked papyrus, too.

Was it all worth $25? No. Somebody needs to get real about the pricing. Or pay to buy better quality artifacts.

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