School program 2016-2017

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.

Multimedia show

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.

Download the complete 2016-2017 educational program (PDF format)

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Educational resources

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!

Educational activities

Elementary - Elementary Cycle One - Elementary Cycle Two - Elementary Cycle Three - Secondary - Secondary Cycle One - Secondary Cycle Two - College

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.

90 min. with multimedia show
144 max.
Elementary - Elementary Cycle Two - Elementary Cycle Three - Secondary - Secondary Cycle One

Simulated archeological digs - The Archaeo-Adventure workshop is the perfect opportunity to find out what archaeologists do. Under the supervision of a chief archaeologist (interpreter-guide), your students will use the scientific approach to conduct an investigation. They’ll dig in the ground, find traces from the days when Natives camped here right up until the British regime, analyze their finds in a laboratory and learn how people lived in days gone by.

90 min. with multimedia
60 max.
Elementary - Elementary Cycle One - Elementary Cycle Two - Elementary Cycle Three

Interactive exhibition - Pointe-à-Callière offers young visitors a golden opportunity to learn about and test their mettle against some hardy mariners who sailed the St. Lawrence in days gone by. The immersive setting evokes a privateer ship, giving youngsters a chance to use their brains and brawn as they thrill to tales of adventure. Montréal privateer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville invites the young would-be privateers to discover what shipboard life was like back then, and to see whether they have what it takes to join his crew. Are you up for the challenge?

60 min. or 90 min. with multimedia show
80 max.
Preschool - Kindergarden

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.

90 min. with multimedia show
80 max.
Elementary - Elementary Cycle One - Elementary Cycle Two

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.

90 min.
80 max.
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