December, 2021

New cultural season - 2022

Dominique Boudrias / Pointe-à-Callière

Press release

A big year ahead for Pointe-à-Callière, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2022, with an “anniversary” exhibition this winter and an “event” exhibition in the spring.

Montréal, December 22, 2021 – Pointe-à-Callière will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in style in 2022! Opening in February, the exhibition Favourites! Our collections on display will kick off the festivities, setting the pace for the year ahead. There’s quite a program of activities in the works…

In the spring, the Museum will present VIKINGS – Dragons of the Northern Seas, an exhibition-event developed through a partnership with the National Museum of Denmark and MuseumsPartner in Austria, as well as a renewed collaboration with Ubisoft Montréal!

FAVOURITES! OUR COLLECTIONS ON DISPLAY (February 24, 2022 – January 8, 2023)

Exploring the treasures in Pointe-à-Callière’s ethnographic collection

Opening on February 24, 2022, and continuing until January 8, 2023, the Museum will present the exhibition Favourites! Our collections on display to mark its 30th anniversary. Taking an appealingly original approach, the exhibition highlights some 400 objects from the Museum’s young collection—a collection whose documentary scope and significance bear witness to various chapters of Montréal history, from the past to the present day. Visitors are invited to come take a true journey through time that is sure to stir up a few memories… and a magnificent sense of wonder.

Acquired over the past thirty years, the selection of objects, chosen from among the thousands housed in the collection, reveals the distinct cultural characteristics that make Montréal such a unique city! Bearing witness to daily life in Montréal, the objects and artefacts will be grouped into 20 thematic “boxes” that bring to life various facets of the city’s history: significant events, diverse means of transportation, booming telecommunications, the economy and finance, big stores, navigation on the St. Lawrence, sports and leisure… and, of course, cultural and festive Montréal.

People are encouraged to come dig up their own favourites from among the objects, furniture, books, maps, posters, and iconography chosen from over 40,000 pieces in Pointe-à-Callière’s collection. A highly entertaining and moving exhibition that will make you fall in love with Montréal… all over again!

Pointe-à-Callière, 30 years of history

There will be 30 events held across 2022, and the public is invited to come take part. May 17 will be a highlight: a date marking the anniversary of Pointe-à-Callière’s inauguration in 1992, as well as the 380th anniversary of Montréal. Perfect occasions to come explore or rediscover the city’s birthplace, and to enjoy Pointe-à-Callière’s various offerings! Complete programming will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on February 23, 2022.

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VIKINGS – DRAGONS OF THE NORTHERN SEAS (April 14 – October 10, 2022)

A captivating and immersive exhibition for all ages!

Opening in the spring of 2022, the exhibition VIKINGS – Dragons of the Northern Seas will take a unique and innovative look at the fascinating and legendary culture of those we call the “Vikings.”

Peasants, traders, navigators, and warriors—the Vikings left their mark on the world between 793 and 1066 CE. These skilled navigators sailed the seas and earned a reputation as fearsome warriors. But beyond the legends, what do we really know about this ancient people of the North?

Featuring over 650 objects from the collections of the National Museum of Denmark, the exhibition is a captivating immersion into the real and imaginary world of the Vikings. It traces the history of this legendary people through four major narratives: the tale of origins, the tale of life, the tale of travel, and the tale of the end of days—themes through which the exhibition examines the Viking way of life, the values and practices of Scandinavian society, navigation, and war, as well as traditions and beliefs. The exhibition also addresses Nordic heritage in today’s popular culture.

In following the riveting path through the exhibition, visitors will get to explore the objects and artefacts on display, authentic evidence from the age of the Vikings—all of it unfolding against a breathtaking exhibition design, punctuated with images from Ubisoft’s @Assassin’s Creed Valhalla game.

This exhibition is produced by Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex, through a partnership with the National Museum of Denmark and MuseumsPartner in Austria.

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IT’S CIRCUS TIME! – continuing until March 6!

The greatest moments in circus history, past and present

Visitors have until March 6, 2022 to come see the It’s Circus Time! exhibition, an exploration of the fascinating and always surprising world of the circus. From the travelling troupes of yesteryear to today’s over-the-top international shows, delve into the rich history of this performing art form that has thrilled Québec for over 200 years!

Costumes, set pieces, works of art, props, a giant model, iconic objects, training and backstage equipment... the exhibition features over 350 objects presented in a colourful, and entertaining ambiance. It is a magnificent journey through time, exploring circuses here at home and beyond our borders, iconic characters, and goings-on behind the scenes. It’s Circus Time! also takes a look at seven Québec troupes that have made a name for themselves on the international scene, making us all proud!

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About Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex

Pointe-à-Callière, the birthplace of Montréal, is the city’s largest history museum. Rising above a concentrated number of historic and archaeological sites of national significance, the museum’s mission is to raise awareness and foster an appreciation of Montréal, past and present. This is achieved through various outreach, education, conservation, and research activities focused on Montréal’s archaeological and historical heritage, while forging bonds with regional, national, and international networks in these fields for the benefit of our visitors.
Pointe-à-Callière – proud partner of the City of Montréal..


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Nora Charifi
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