Executive Director’s Message

The biggest and most popular history museum in Montréal!

Did you know that Pointe-à-Callière is the largest and most frequently visited history museum in Montréal? Where the city’s history unfolds in our permanent exhibitions and our spectacular multimedia show. Where the ground bears witness to over 1,000 years of human activity—as the Museum houses remarkable architectural remains, showcased in situ, with absolute respect for their integrity. Pointe-à-Callière is also the only large-scale archaeology museum in Canada.

Major archaeological discoveries
Archaeology stole the show in 2015 and continues to do so in 2016! The Museum saw 132,000 visitors come through its exhibition The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great—a huge success on all counts! Then, The Aztecs, People of the Sun drew some 151,000 interested museum-goers. And finally—ongoing until April 17 2016—, the Queen of Crime is bringing in the crowds for the Investigating Agatha Christie exhibition.

For 2016, the Museum is starting off the year with Fragments of Humanity. Archaeology in Québec, the first major exhibition dedicated to archaeology here at home. In collaboration with the Department of Culture and Communications, the exhibition was inaugurated on February 12. Some 350 objects that tell the story of our past were chosen from some 10,000 sites across the province, celebrating 50 years of archaeological discovery in Québec. The artefacts help define who we are and where we come from, and make up our heritage. In addition to the items on display, images and audio-visual accounts are used to enhance the exhibition, which runs all year long. The Museum has also produced a prestigious book on Québec archaeology to complement this exhibition. This new title is part of the Archéologie du Québec collection, which already includes Air – Territoire et peuplement.

The Museum, a world-class ambassador
Altogether, attendance figures for 2015 added up to close to 400,000—one of our best totals since the Museum opened in 1992. Thank you to our loyal visitors! Pointe-à-Callière has become a “must” in helping understand and explain Montréal. Visitors from Canada, the United States, and the rest of the world represent over 40% of the Museum’s attendance. Over the years, millions of tourists have been able to learn about our values and our way of life, going on to become our best ambassadors. They have had an immeasurable impact on our city’s reputation, as well as on that of our province and our country.

Finally, 2016 continues to be a year of preparation, as next year—as part of Montréal’s 375th anniversary—, we will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Museum, and—with great fanfare—opening a new building, Fort Ville-Marie, the birthplace of Montréal. 

While the Museum reflects our past, it is also undergoing a true renewal that takes a great leap towards the future!

Francine Lelièvre
Executive Director