Twenty events to celebrate Pointe-à-Callière's 20th anniversary

Pointe-à-Callière is celebrating its 20th anniversary on May 17, 2012. Created in 1992 on the occasion of Montréal’s 350th anniversary, the Museum has since gone on to become one of the most highly frequented and appreciated attractions in the cultural metropolis.

To mark the occasion, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History is presenting 20 big, not-to-be-missed events throughout the year. The Museum is inviting Montrealers, Quebecers, and tourists to join in on the celebration of this anniversary with the opening of a new building, major exhibitions, and several cultural activities aimed at audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

“Pointe-à-Callière is also opening a new pavilion—the Mariners' House—in 2012, another step towards completion of the Archaeology and History Complex, a cultural network of nine sites in Old Montréal. And our events will be made up of experiences that are at once festive, educational, and entertaining. We want to celebrate Montréal’s birthplace, which has been accessible to the public for 20 years now, by inviting people to discover the new Museum and make it their own.”

Francine Lelièvre
Executive Director and Founder of Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History

Welcome to your museum!


1 - A Date on the birthplace of Montréal!


Starting January 23, 2012

Make sure to pencil this one in! In 2012, Pointe-à-Callière is undergoing a transformation, with renewed spaces and activities. The Museum is unveiling 20 big not-to-be-missed events taking place throughout the coming year, and invites Montrealers, Quebecers, and tourists to join in as it celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2012. And to start off on the right foot, the Museum is launching its all-new interactive Yours Truly, Montréal website, which takes users to the very heart of Montréal history and archaeology, telling the spectacular story of our magnificent city.

2 - A destination of choice for youth and families


Starting January 23, 2012

Discover, explore, learn, have fun, and meet all manner of interesting characters… Pointe-à-Callière is the destination par excellence! On site, through authentic archaeological remains, or even by means of our website, young and old alike can happily explore the history of Montréal: Yours Truly, Montréal website and interactive games; Family Break, Port Symphonies; Simulated archaeological digs at the Mariners' House, and exploration and discovery workshop at the Ancienne-Douane building; The Great Peace of Montréal website; Jack O’Lantern: Halloween at Pointe-à-Callière and Who is the Real Santa Claus?

3 - For our first date, the Museum gets a makeover


Starting January 23, 2012

In 2012, why not re-explore the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History? Pointe-à-Callière is being revamped and rejuvenated, from the belvedere to the archaeological crypt to the Ancienne-Douane building. New spaces and new exhibitions showcase the city in various eras, with the addition of several interactive elements. 2012 will also serve as an occasion to rediscover the Museum Gift Shop and L’Arrivage, one of the finest restaurants in Old Montréal. A wonderful way to rediscover the history of Montréal!

4 - Close to home


Starting January, 2012

After their appearance in the Museum’s temporary exhibition room, some of Pointe-à-Callière’s exhibitions travel from city to city, reaching audiences outside of Montréal. It’s a date! Here are a few cities in which exhibitions produced by Pointe-à-Callière—including St. Lawrence Iroquoians and Discovering Legends with Jean-Claude Dupont—will be presented over the 2012-2013 season: Saint Boniface (Manitoba), Québec City, Mashteuiatsh, as well as Lyon and Toulouse (France).

5 - Meet a historical icon: Maisonneuve


February 2012

To mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve, Pointe-à-Callière has organized a series of talks, activities, and events that will lead us in the footsteps of the founder of Montréal all year long.



6 - Now for a Dow! at the École de technologie supérieure


Starting May 10 2012 - INGO Innovation Center, 355 Peel street

The very mention of the name Dow brings forth unforgettable memories. After all, for many decades, Dow was the best-selling beer in Québec. The Now for a Dow! exhibition is presented through a partnership with the École de technologie supérieure, located in the INGO Innovation Center building, the Dow complex’s former brewing tower. Produced by Pointe-à-Callière, this exhibition presents the history of a Québec business that was at the heart of economic life in southwest Montréal and part of the history of Québec for close to 150 years.

7 - An encounter with history and archaeology enthusiasts


May to December 2012

In collaboration with the Regroupement des musées d’histoire de Montréal, Pointe-à-Callière is organizing the Montréal, City of History event, which brings together some thirty history museums and cultural institutions to mark the 370th anniversary of Montréal. Also, through a partnership with the Société historique de Montréal and the Université de Montréal’s Les Belles Soirées, the Museum is offering a series of lectures and cultural activities relating to the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions.

8 - Join us, right here…


May 17, 2012

On May 17, 2012, Pointe-à-Callière will celebrate its 20th year of existence, while Montréal will mark its 370th anniversary. From that date until the end of the year, the Museum will be offering free admission to its permanent exhibitions Where Montréal was Born and Montreal Love Stories to all Montrealers - individual visits only; a way to thank them for their long-time fidelity. What a long way we’ve come since presenting the Museum’s very first temporary exhibition entitled A Picture Book: The Founding of Montreal. Since it first opened, the Museum has worked with great passion and enthusiasm to raise awareness and foster an appreciation of history and archaeology.

9 - Samurai: view a prestigious collection


From May 17, 2012 to March 31, 2013

Presented exclusively and for the first time at Pointe-à-Callière, Samurai – The prestigious collection of Richard Béliveau will showcase over 200 objects, among them full armours including helmets and masks, as well as spears, swords, and artistic objects relating to the warriors’ life and culture. These items, being shown for the very first time, are from the private collection of Richard Béliveau, university professor, researcher, author, lecturer, and broadcaster. A fascinating encounter with the amazing and mysterious world of the samurai.

10 - Loyal friendship… year in, year out


Starting May 2012

Always a faithful friend, Pointe-à-Callière would like to acknowledge the collaboration of its Members and neighbours, as well as Montrealers as a whole over the past 20 years. Pointe-à-Callière says “thank you” to its Members and neighbours for the support and encouragement they have shown for the Museum’s activities, exhibitions, and expansion project. Free admission to the Museum for people born in 1992 on May 18-19-20, 2012; Pointe-à-Callière neighbours celebration; Member of Pointe-à-Callière party.

11 - A gourmet destination


May 26 and 27, 2012

Pointe-à-Callière’s A Cultural Feast shines a spotlight on Japanese culture this year. Place Royale and the area around the Museum will feature performances, special events, children’s activities, food kiosks, talks, demonstrations by food enthusiasts, and much more. Festivities that make for a lively celebration of the wonders of Montréal’s cultural diversity.

12 - No need to reserve a spot!
It’s Montréal Museums Day


May 27, 2012

Pointe-à-Callière opens its doors, free of charge, as part of Montréal Museums Day. A perfect opportunity to see or to re-experience Pointe-à-Callière’s multimedia show, its permanent exhibitions at the birthplace of Montréal. A substantial rebate will be offered for the temporary exhibition on the samurai.


13 - A meeting of minds: the Archaeological Field School is 10 years old


Starting May 27, 2012

Ten years ago, Pointe-à-Callière had the somewhat crazy idea of creating an Archaeological Field School at the birthplace of Montréal. Through a partnership with the Université de Montréal, each year since 2002, the school has welcomed students who are given an opportunity to take part in digs at the very spot where Maisonneuve, Jeanne Mance, and the first Montrealers settled. The discoveries made on the site are important steps towards furthering our knowledge of the history of Montréal. Remains of Fort Ville-Marie and of Callière’s residence have been brought to light. Coming up : Open House at the Archaeological Field School; results of 10 years of archaeological excavations; “Secrets of Fort Ville-Marie,” a new display case in the Museum’s archaeological remains.

14 - Meet the business community


Starting May 2012

Each year, the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation organizes two not-to-be-missed benefit events: the Builders Club of Montréal Evening and the Major Donors Evening. These events allow the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation to raise funds for the Museum’s development and to create strong ties with the business community in the Greater Montréal region. Coming up: Builders Club of Montréal Evening; The Major Donors Evening.

15 - An encounter with an exceptional civilization: the Etruscans


Summer 2012

Pointe-à-Callière is proud to present an exclusive, large-scale exhibition on one of Antiquity’s most remarkable and renowned civilizations, The Etruscans – An Ancient Italian Civilization, on view in the new exhibition room at the Mariners' House. Featuring rare items from great Italian collections, including those of the Vatican Museums, Museum Villa Giulia in Rome, the Florence Archaeological Museum, as well as the British Museum and the Louvre, this major exhibition promises a captivating encounter with a fascinating civilization.

16 - A new space to visit: the Mariners' House


Fall 2012

The first phase of Pointe-à-Callière’s big expansion projectthe Mariners' House—is opening its doors in 2012, making it the major event of the year at the Museum! A new space dedicated to history and archaeology, this pavilion will be the setting for major exhibitions, lectures, special activities, and the Archaeo-Youth Space, a simulated archaeological dig for children and families. It will also house the new Museum Gift Shop, the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation, the Member’ Lounge, multifunctional spaces, and an underground passageway to the archaeological crypt.

17 - Let’s meet at the 18th Century Public Market


August 25 and 26, 2012

Over the course of a weekend, visitors can travel back through time to meet farmers, craftspeople, and presenters. The setting for the activity is the year 1750, the time of Montréal’s very first public market. A not-to-be-missed event in Old Montréal, Pointe-à-Callière’s 18th Century Public Market offers a unique experience and brings the era of New France back to life.


18 - Meet the young generation


Fall 2012

Pointe-à-Callière invites its younger clientele to come celebrate the Museum’s anniversary at a hip happy hour. This event, organized in collaboration with the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal, is a perfect opportunity to fraternize and get to know one another!


19 - Montréal Faves


October 2012

What will web users choose as the symbols that best represent the city? What are the top moments in sports in the history of Montréal? The best songs about Montréal, the films that best showcase the city, or the novels that best reflect Montréal life? The “Montréal Faves” project is an open invitation for the general public to make their choices via the Museum’s website or Facebook page. A list of Montrealers’—and visitors’—favourites will then be compiled.

20 - An encounter with history


November 2012

To mark its 20th year of existence, the Museum is making a new presentation space available to businesses and collectors. On the occasion of a special anniversary, a company can present an exhibition showcasing its history to the general public. Collectors can also share their passion and display their collections for the very first time. For the Museum, this is a great way to increase awareness of historically important objects that are not usually accessible.