Family Break

From March 1st to March 9th 2014

Exceptionally, the Museum is open on Monday March 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During School Break, parents and children visiting the Museum can take part in several entertaining activities!

Becoming Pirates or Privateers? *New*
In Pirates or Privateers?, children see if they can measure up to the rough and ready sailors who scoured the St. Lawrence River in the days of New France. Presented in an immersive environment, this discovery-exhibition takes place against a backdrop evoking a privateer ship—the Iberville—on which young people get to learn about life at sea, and find out if they’ve got what it takes to be a ship’s mate. They’ll face challenges including: getting their sea legs, turning the capstan to raise anchor, correctly arming a cannon, and even pretending to defend the territory by attacking an enemy ship! During their visit to the Pirates or Privateers? exhibition, families can follow a self-guided tour, specially designed for school break week. Pointe-à-Callière also invites children to come to the exhibition dressed up as pirates and privateers.

Be an archaeologist for a day
Archaeo-Adventure is a unique simulated dig site that has been open to the general public for less than a year. In this workshop led by an interpreter-guide, children get to explore the archaeology profession: they are introduced to field and lab work in a space that has been specially equipped for them, where they can find traces of occupation from the Native era to the 19th century, just as real archaeologists did on the site of the Museum. Will they get the artefacts they dig up to reveal their secrets? It’s fun and entertaining! Participants must register for this workshop on site.

Explore an archaeological site
Families are invited to make their way through the permanent Where Montréal Was Born exhibition with the help of a thematic leaflet that encourages them to wander around the archaeological site. While seeking out selected objects from the Museum’s collections, they get to learn about Montréal history and the Pointe-à-Callière site—the birthplace of Montréal.

Even more to see and hear!

Also, families should not miss their opportunity to see Yours Truly, Montréal, a multimedia show presented every half-hour, which tells the history of Montréal in 18 spellbinding minutes. It’s an excellent introduction to a Museum visit! Lastly, the temporary Lives and Times of the Plateau and The Beatles in Montréal exhibitions are also part of the Museum visit.

Take a break in the Saputo Lunch Room *New*
During their time at the Museum, families can now take advantage of an all-new family-friendly space, the Saputo Lunch Room. Decorated to look like an inn of the 18th century, in the Ancienne-Douane – J. Armand Bombardier Building, this specially designed room is an ideal place for children and their parents to take a break or have lunch. During school break, there will also be drawing spaces and interactive games available for younger children.

All of these activities are included in the price of admission to the Museum.

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