Where Montréal Was Born takes visitors to the heart of an authentic archaeological site: the birthplace of Montreal. The unusual underground route covering six centuries of history, from the times when Natives camped here to the present day, is an emotion-packed look at the very essence of a city born over 360 years ago.
Where Montréal Was Born, our multimedia show, Pirates or Privateers?, the Youville Pumping Station – Pointe-à-Callière’s permanent exhibitions are a wonderful way to learn about Montréal, yesterday and today. Come see for yourself.
Pirates or Privateers? is Pointe-à-Callière’s very first permanent exhibition specifically dedicated to young people and families. Designed to be experienced as an adventure tale, the exhibition will invite visitors to climb aboard a huge ship, created especially for the occasion, and to set off on a journey, just as the 17th century privateers did.
With the Archaeo-Adventure workshop, exclusive to Pointe-à-Callière, the Museum gives young people and families a chance to experience a simulated archaeological dig, first on the site, then in the head archaeologist’s tent and the laboratory space. This space in the basement of the Mariners' House – National Bank Building is a very realistic reproduction of a dig site, offering visitors an unusual and rewarding scientific experience.
The Youville Pumping Station, at 173 Place d'Youville, was Montréal’s first electrically powered wastewater pumping station. The building, now converted into an interpretation centre, dates from 1915 and showcases some ingenious artifacts that are nearly a century old. Carefully preserved motors, pumps, valves and electrical equipment are now used to explain the role and operation of the station.