School visits
Secondary Cycle 1
Secondary Cycle 2

Tales of Montréal

90 min. with multimedia show
144 people max.
Tales of Montréal
Photo: Romain Guilbault

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.

Competencies developed

The activities on this interpreted tour are in line with the aims of the Quebec education programs and help develop the following competencies.

In Quebec


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).

In Ontario

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 reservation

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For any assistance:
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514 872-9127

Please note that we cannot guarantee a booking request made less than 4 weeks in advance.

Hours and rates of visits and group activities

September 2023 to April 2024
Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm

May-June 2024
Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm
+ Mondays December 18, 2023, June 10 and 17, 2024

Rates in effect as of September 1, 2023

Secondary Students$11.00
Accompanying Adults (1 for 15 students)Free
Additional chaperon$15
3rd or additional adult$18
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 or visit and enjoy a full day at Pointe-à-Callière:

Secondary Students$22
Visit the Museum as well as one of our partners : Guidatour (an activity at the Museum and an ExplorAction walking tour of Old Montréal - 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.