Building Montréal

90 min. with multimedia show144 people max.
Building Montréal

At Pointe-à-Callière, history leaves traces... in the hearts and minds of our young visitors!

Thanks to the magic of artificial intelligence, students step back in time to discover the market square in 1749 and chat with three virtual historical figures! During this guided tour, young people explore the timeline illustrating key moments in Montréal’s history, use interactive genealogy terminals to search for ancestors and revisit the centuries-old archaeological crypt.

Students will also get to experience Generations MTL, presented in a room equipped with a 270º screen. Archaeological remains come to life, a countdown begins, centuries roll by… Suddenly, an island appears, and then, a city. A captivating and memorable immersive experience!

What will the students do at the Museum?

  • Examine and compare different objects to make links between historical periods, archaeological layers and different lifestyles.
  • Look for and identify the traces of different buildings unearthed during archaeological digs under Montréal’s former Marketplace.
  • Imagine life at different times, by examining models showing how the Pointe à Callière site changed from the 14th to the 19th centuries.
  • Meet virtual historical figures, thanks to advanced technological projections.

Concepts covered during the tour

  • Archaeology: stratigraphy, remains, artefacts.
  • History and ways of life: land use, cultural phenomena, economic activities, trade, means of transportation, lines of communication, immigration, canals, fortifications.

Competencies developed

The activities on this interpreted tour are in line with the aims of the Quebec and Ontario education programs and help develop the following subject-specific competencies:

In Quebec

Geography, History, and Citizenship Education

  • Construct their representation of space, time and society:
    • Evoke aspects of everyday life from the past and the present.
    • Compare social phenomena from the past and the present.

Geography, History, and Citizenship Education

  • Interpret change in a society and its territory:
    • Recognize the main changes in the organization of a society and its territory;
    • Define the influence of people or events on these changes.

Geography

The urban territory (the Metropolis) (Cycle 1)

  • Understand the organization of a territory.

History and Citizenship Education

European expansion in America: Native populations (Cycle 1)
History from the 14th century to the 19th century (through changes that took place in Montréal) (Cycle 2)

  • Examine social phenomena in a historical perspective:
    • Consider social phenomena in terms of duration;
    • Assess the complexity of social phenomena.

History

  • Recognize, from a historical perspective, the fundamental characteristics of Western civilization (through changes that took place in Montréal from the 14th century to the 19th century).

In Ontario

Social Studies

  • Heritage and identity: the beginnings of Canada (Native communities and Europeans, cultural heritage)
    • Describe various aspects of economic life and social organization in New France.

Social Studies

  • Heritage and identity: the Canadian experience, yesterday and today (development of communities in Canada: First Nations, the French, the British)
    • Analyze the physical, social, and cultural characteristics of these communities.

History

  • The Conquest and the transition to the English regime (1713-1800); conflicts and challenges in Canada (1800-1850)
    • Explore the transition from the French regime to the English regime.

Canadian and World Studies

Geography, Grade 9

  • Analyze the principal demographic characteristics and patterns of human settlement in Canada (through the example of Montréal, from the 14th century to the 19th century).

History of Canada, identity and culture, Grade 12

  • Analyze the impact of significant events and of major political, economic, and social issues on the development of Canada (through the example of Montréal, from the 14th century to the 19th century).

Our experienced interpreter-guides know how to adapt the tour to students’ ages and interests. Come experience Montréal’s history, right where it all began!

Information and reservations

Hours and rates of visits and group activities

September 2018 to April 2019
Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm
+ Monday December 17, 2018

May-June 2019
Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm
+ Mondays June 3, 10, and 17, 2019

Rates in effect as of September 1, 2018

Elementary Students$9.00
Secondary Students$10.00
Accompanying Adults (1 for 15 students)Free
Additional Accompanying Adult$14
3rd or additional adult$17
The Museum offers 30% off in January and February!
Role of accompanying adults

Divide the group into smaller sub-groups according to the number of groups specified on your reservation. The number of groups required corresponds to the number of accompanying adults required during the visit.

Follow the group at all times to maintain discipline and manage particular cases. The mediator or guide will lead the visit. Accompanying adults must stay with and supervise the group during lunch time.

One-day package

Add a workshop and enjoy a full day at Pointe-à-Callière:

Elementary Students$17
Secondary Students$19
Visit the Museum as well as one of our partners : Guidatour (An activity at the Museum and an ExplorAction walking tour of Old Montreal - 514 844-4021 or 1 800 363-4021) and Croisières AML (An activity at the Museum and a Sailor for a day cruise or guided sightseeing cruise – 1 888 748-4857 ext. 225 or 335)
Saputo Lunch room

A lunch room is available for groups.
Reservations required.

Per student$1
Free if taking part in two activities during the day.

Access to the Museum

Consult instructions.
There is free bus parking on de la Commune Street, at the corner of Place Royale.

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