School program 2012-2013
Pointe-à-Callière’s lets you learn history from the ground up.
Through its school program, Pointe-à-Callière takes preschool, elementary and secondary students on an underground archaeological tour, to the very birthplace of Montréal. Step by step, they retrace their city’s past, with the help of models, astonishing projections and virtual historic characters.
The Museum also offers a variety of exciting activities and fascinating workshops, led by professional interpreter-guides, to give students hands-on contact with archaeology and history.
Most activity includes the Multimedia show. The history of Montréal comes to life above authentic remains, in an immersive show using the latest technology. You will feel as though you are part of the action as you watch the city take root and grow. An exceptional educational experience, a chance to relive six centuries of our history in 18 spellbinding minutes sure to fascinate all ages.
The Museum offers a wide range of valuable educational resources for teachers planning a trip to the Museum or wishing to enrich their programs. They include the St. Lawrence Iroquoians, Corn People book, our online archaeological and ethnohistorical collections, and teacher’s fact sheets and guides for the activities described below. And don’t miss the interactive games section!
New : A great combo at a low price
Pointe-à-Callière has a great combo offer that brings together history and music! Add a self-guided tour of the Beatles in Montréal exhibition to any one of the guided tours or workshops offered as part of our school program, for an additionnal $5 and spend an entire day at the Museum. Including the Yours Truly, Montréal multimedia show, this outing is sure to be informative, entertaining, and exciting! Promotion available for high school students only.
Interpreted tour - At Pointe-à-Callière, history leaves traces... in the hearts and minds of our young visitors! They travel back in time and find themselves on the point of land where Montréal was born. It’s a tangible and moving experience as they handle authentic remains and objects, like a Native pipe from before 1650, the town’s first Catholic cemetery… a marble from the 18th century... the wooden floor of a 19th-century building.
Simulated archeological digs - In our Archaeo-Adventure workshop, students will learn about Montréal’s history just as archaeologists do: by digging it up! They’ll unearth the past in a unique interactive space set up to resemble an urban dig site and an archaeology laboratory.
Interactive workshop - Curious young preschoolers and kindergarten students are always welcome at Pointe-à-Callière! A Museum guide and assistant Arty Fact, an irresistible puppet, will take them on an exciting tour. Here at the Museum, objects, the walls and even the floor have stories to tell! The children will discover some objects unearthed by archaeologists.
Interpreted tour - The city was changing rapidly ... there was progress and innovation in the air! Your students will learn about the contribution of British businessmen to Montréal’s development in the 19th century, and the surprising and diverse faces of the evolving city. Better yet, they can become the heroes and heroines of the tour, in a fascinating role-playing game.
Interactive workshop - What was life like for children in New France? Did they wear wooden shoes? What games did they play? The students will experience the lives of children in those days here on Montréal’s very birthplace, at Pointe-à-Callière. They’ll have fun getting a taste of the past, playing the games and doing the chores that were once part of the everyday lives of young people in New France.