Come aboard! Pirates or Privateers?

90 min. with multimedia show80 people max.
Come aboard! Pirates or Privateers?

Setting sail from Montréal as crew members on Pierre Lemoyne d’Iberville’s ship, young participants will learn the nuts and bolts of navigation and prove they have what it takes to become privateers!

Often confused for one another, pirates and privateers faced very similar challenges, but one group operated lawfully while the other did not. Learn which of them were the true heroes of the St. Lawrence... Young people are sure to have a great time with this interactive and immersive activity! They’ll explore the world of the privateers who shaped the Montréal and Québec of the 17th century. They’ll need both brains and brawn, not to mention imagination and team spirit, to make the cut.

What will your students do in this interactive exhibition?

  • They’ll learn about life in New France, by enlisting as crew members with Captain Pierre Lemoyne d’Iberville, a 17th-century privateer from Montréal who went down in history.
  • They’ll board a ship and learn about the hard life of a privateer.
  • They’ll learn the ins and outs of navigation, use their brains and brawn, respect on-board discipline (to avoid punishment!), and prepare to chase the English out of the waters around Newfoundland.
  • They’ll see some actual archaeological artifacts from the world of 17th- and 18th-century privateers.
  • They’ll have a blast as they embark on an amazing adventure!

Concepts covered in the interactive exhibition

  • Enlisting, privateers’ shipboard lives, navigation on the St. Lawrence, privateering, booty.
  • Historical figures: King Louis XIV, Governor Frontenac, the privateer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville.
  • Assets and limitations of the territory: patrolling the Saint Lawrence and defending the country.
  • Economic phenomena: trade, means of transportation.
  • Significant events: Franco-British wars.

Competencies developed

The activities included in the interactive exhibition are in line with the Quebec Education Program and help develop the following subject-specific competencies at the elementary school level:

In Quebec

Geography, History, and Citizenship Education

  • To construct their representation of space, time and society:
    • Refer to aspects of everyday life here and elsewhere, from the past and the present (identify changes and differences in everyday objects, means of transportation, economic activities).

Society studied: French and Canadian society in New France between 1680 and 1760

  • Understand the organization of a society on its territory.
  • Interpret change in a society and on its territory:
    • Determine the influence of public figures or the impact of events on these changes.

For Cycle 1, this is a guided activity, led by an experienced interpreter-guide. For Cycles 2 and 3, it is a self-guided activity allowing students to learn at their own pace, but an interpreter-guide will be on hand to supervise and make sure they get the most out of the experience.

Information and reservations

Hours and rates of visits and group activities 2019-2020

September 2020 to April 2021
Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm
+ Mondays October 26 and December 14, 2020

May-June 2021
Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm
+ Mondays June 7, 14 and 21, 2021

Rates in effect as of September 1, 2020

Elementary Students$9.50
Secondary Students$10.50
Accompanying Adults (1 for 15 students)Free
Additional Accompanying Adult$14
3rd or additional adult$17
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 an interpreted tour or a workshop and enjoy a full day at Pointe-à-Callière:

Per student$18
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)
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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