Exhibitions beyond the Museum
Temporary exhibition

A parliament beneath your feet

WELCOME TO AN ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE!

Free outdoor exhibition, self-guided
Place D’Youville (near McGill Street)

Download the Pointe-à-Callière app for a complete tour and exclusive content

Pointe-à-Callière’s new outdoor exhibition will be on display on the portion of what is currently Place D’Youville West located between McGill and Saint-Pierre streets. Sitting right under your feet, the exhibition reveals a major archeological and historical site from Old Montreal: Saint Anne’s Market and the Parliament of the United Province of Canada.

In 2017, the Museum launched one of the largest archeological digs in the country and uncovered over 350,000 artifacts related to this iconic 19th-century building that first housed Montreal’s first covered market (1834-1844) and then the Parliament of the United Province of Canada (1844-1849) before it was burned down during rioting.

Take a stroll over the remains of this neoclassical structure over 100 metres long that was once the most majestic building in the city! Along a shaded path, use the Museum’s app to make your way through 6 stations to get exclusive content about the iconic spots of the market and parliament and learn about the political figures and everyday people who used these spaces.

You will learn about the important role this building played during that era in Montreal and Canadian life as a place of commerce and civic gathering, a site for concerts and balls, and a platform of power where key decisions were made to advance the government’s authority and develop democracy in Canada.

You can take a guided tour of the exhibition throughout the summer. Don’t hesitate to ask our guide all of your questions about the site. The tour also includes family activities that will let you have fun while discovering this heritage jewel!

Image: Sébastien Roy

Travel back in time with our app

To find out more about this historic site, download the Pointe-à-Callière app from the App Store or Google Play. It will help you better understand how the stalls of Sainte Anne’s market transformed in just a few years into the offices and legislative council room of the Parliament of the United Province of Canada. Find a range of images from the period along with architectural plans and 3D reconstructions of the building. You will also find more details about the artifacts found during the archeological digs.

Image: Sébastien Roy