Urban history


Celebrations for the 375th anniversary of Montreal, in 2017, will give the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archeology an History a new occasion to mark the very spot where the city was born.

On May 17, 1642, Paul Chomedey-de-Maisonneuve, Jeanne Mance and their group took pos-session of the island of Montréal and settled in the same area where, on May 17, 1992, for the 375th anniversary of the city, the Pointe-à-Callière was inaugurated as a centre for studying Montréal’s archaeology and history. Exactly twenty-five years later, on May 17, 2017, a new and enlarged centre will be unveiled.

For years, even well before the opening of the museum, Pointe-à-Callière was the focus for archaeological digs that have given us a much deeper understanding of our urban history. This new expansion phase will provide more room to display thousands of artefacts telling the story of Montréal. This story reaches back over 1,000 years, well before the official foundation of the modern city, and is sure to attract more interested visitors than ever before. 

Visiting Pointe-à-Callière teaches us about a city and a people. We also learn about the indigenous peoples who first settled the island, and about the way an urban centre can be transformed over the centuries.