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Pointe a Calliere Montreal

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Pointe a Calliere
350 Place Royale
Montreal
QC
H2Y3Y5
Tel: 514-872-9150

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Museum rises above the birthplace of Montréal, and reveals authentic archaeological remains along an intriguing underground tour route.It hosts major temporary exhibitions, exciting educational programs and original urban events.Pointe-à-Callière are constantly dreaming up new ways to share the history and spirit of our city with you. There’s also our multimedia show, which you can watch from balconies suspended over the remains themselves, and our cutting-edge, user-friendly museography. Pointe-à-Callière is all about time, but we guarantee you’ll never have time to get bored!
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    This is an awful, awful, museum. The narrative presented is simplistic and racist. For example, much of the material on the early settlement of Montreal is presented in a very straightforward way as friendly settlers being supported, on the one side, by their Native allies (fitting the 'noble savage' trope), and attacked fiercely and without reason by the Iriquois (with no mention of why the Iriquois might have been opposed to European settlement, or of belligerence from the side of the colonisers).

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    the only thing it is good for is to get a halfway decent overview of the harbor. the museum itself is boring.

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    It was cool seeing some of the ruins and i liked some of the creativity in display, but i found it dreadfully revisionist (" the good european settlers wanted to live in world of harmony with the natives, but the natives went and ruined it by attacking and killing them") to the point that it was offensive. (And I am a white european!) I truly expected more...

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    Really one of the most boring museums I've ever been to. Don't you dare bring your children, you'd be a better parent if you let them stay at home and play with knives

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    This is the most remarkable museum, well worth the admission. The story of Montreal (Ville-Marie) as told through archaeology (usually a very dull subject) was amazing!

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by Sky Croeser

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This is an awful, awful, museum. The narrative presented is simplistic and racist. For example, much of the material on the early settlement of Montreal is presented in a very straightforward way as friendly settlers being supported, on the one side, by their Native allies (fitting the 'noble savage' trope), and attacked fiercely and without reason by the Iriquois (with no mention of why the Iriquois might have been opposed to European settlement, or of belligerence from the side of the colonisers).

The exhibition on Marco Polo presented him as a hero without critiquing imperial and racist aspects of his narrative. While there were some fascinating artefacts presented, they often lacked context, and where context was given texts were often bizarre and factually incorrect (for example, the claim that "all nomads worship The Sky").

There's also little in the way of women's stories, and one of the few women you learn about through an interactive exhibit is a historical character who only seems to want to talk to visitors about her husband and son.

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