The Mariners' House - A new pavilion at the Museum

Press release For immediate release

Inauguration in September 2012

The big event of the year at Pointe-à-Callière will without a doubt be the opening of a new pavilion—the Mariners' House—located on Place d’Youville. As a new space dedicated to history and archaeology, this pavilion will be the setting for major exhibitions, lectures, special activities, and the Archaeo-Space—a simulated archaeological dig for children and families. The pavilion will include:

Rooms equipped with cutting-edge technology, allowing for the presentation of temporary exhibitions and cultural activities

Inauguration in September 2012

The big event of the year at Pointe-à-Callière will without a doubt be the opening of a new pavilion—the Mariners' House—located on Place d’Youville. As 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. The pavilion will include:

  • Rooms equipped with cutting-edge technology, allowing for the presentation of temporary exhibitions and cultural activities
  • An audiovisual room for hosting conferences, lectures, film screenings, and educational workshops
  • An Archaeo-Space that will spark an interest in archaeology among young people, as it will give them the unique experience of taking part in an archaeological dig
  • Showcasing of the fortifications of Montréal in the basement of the Mariners' House
  • A Museum Shop that will continue to offer exceptional products relating to temporary exhibitions, as well as objects and books on the history and archaeology of Montréal and the great civilizations
  • Meeting and event spaces available to the business community and the general public
  • The Pointe-à-Callière Foundation, whose activities will now be housed here in dedicated spaces that can accommodate the Members of the Museum and volunteers
  • A new underground passageway linking the Mariners' House to the archaeological crypt beneath Place Royale.

The building was reconfigured and renovated by Hanganu and Provencher Roy + Associés architectes, the same consortium that designed the Eperon—the Museum’s main building—, as well as the archaeological crypt located beneath Place Royale, in 1992. The Quartier International de Montréal handles project management and Pomerleau acts as general contractor for the project.

Montréal artist Nicolas Baier will create a new work of art especially for the Mariners' House as part of the Policy for the Integration of the Arts in Architecture. His work is a photographic mural entitled Vanités 3, Les miroirs du temps. It is a fragmented work, made up of 75 images created by digitizing old and new mirrors. This work was chosen for its proximity to the particular focus of the Museum’s collection, as well as for its allusions to the past and to memory.

Pointe-à-Callière would like to thank the Department of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, and the City of Montréal, which respectively allocated the amounts of $20 million and $2.2 million for Phase 1 of Pointe-à-Callière’s expansion project, which included the renovation of the Mariners' House and the archaeological dig sites.