Tales of Montréal is a must-see activity featuring the five periods of occupation of pointe à Callière, the point of land where the city was founded and built over time by generations of Montrealers. Thanks to the dynamic and participatory approach of our expert guides, young people will experience a memorable encounter with the men and women who chose to start a new life in Montréal with courage and resourcefulness. A unique and tangible way to discover the evolution of one’s city!
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.
The activities on this interpreted tour are in line with the aims of the Quebec education programs and help develop the following competencies.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
September 2019 to April 2020
Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm
+ Monday December 9, 2019
Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm
+ Mondays June 1, 8, and 15, 2020
Rates in effect as of September 1, 2019
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.
Add a workshop and enjoy a full day at Pointe-à-Callière:
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.
Free if taking part in two activities during the day.