February 2022

Favourites! Our Collections on Display

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Press release

Favourites! Our Collectionson Display exhibition at Pointe-à-Callière
February 24, 2022 to January 8, 2023
Pointe-à-Callière kicks off the celebration of its 30th anniversary with a new exhibition opening on February 24, 2022.

Montréal, February 23, 2022 – Pointe-à-Callière is officially launching the festivities surrounding its 30th anniversary with the presentation of Favourites! Our Collections on Display, which opens tomorrow. And to highlight the 30th anniversary, individual memberships will be available for the single price of $30 throughout 2022!

Telling the story of Montréal, one object at a time…

Through close to 400 items selected from among the thousands preserved at the Museum, Favourites! Our Collections on Display paints a moving portrait of Montréal life. Furniture, clothing, jewelry, toys, tools, books, maps, posters, and iconography are literally being taken out of the storehouses to create a rich mosaic, set against a theatrical backdrop. Authentic witnesses to the city’s history and to that of the people who dreamt it and built it, these objects reveal the distinctive characteristics that make Montréal such a unique city.

Awakening more than a few memories and a true sense of wonder, the exhibition is sure to get visitors to fall under the spell of Montréal… one object at a time!

The first exhibition dedicated to Pointe-à-Callière’s ethnohistorical collection

Since it very beginnings, Pointe-à-Callière has been acquiring and preserving objects that are representative of Montréal society, past and present. A twin to its archaeological collection, the Museum’s ethnohistorical collection holds over 40,000 pieces, whose richness and documentary scope bear witness to the city’s history and its inhabitants’ way of life.

Favourites! Our Collections on Display offers—for the very first time—a glimpse of the great diversity of this collection. The 400 “favourites” displayed in 20 thematic settings evoke Montréal daily life in all its myriad forms. They bring to life key events, the evolution of transportation, telecommunications, the development of the economy, of finance, navigation on the St. Lawrence River. They embody the Montréal of workers and merchants, as well as the city’s athletic, cultural, and festive aspects!

Awash in a uniquely “Montréal” soundscape, the exhibition design is enriched with audiovisual material that gives voice to those who make the city what it is. Touching portraits of our co-citizens, along with testimonials by archaeologists, historians, and other specialists, complete this multi-dimensional living gallery with contemporary points of view.

An entertaining exhibition for young and old alike

In an unusual fur-lined case, a “box of curiosities” features a few sometimes surprising objects from the not-so-distant past… Visitors are encouraged to summon up some memories or ask questions to try to guess what the objects were used for. Interactive games will also give visitors a chance to test their knowledge and try out various means of transportation used in Montréal over the years.

Favourites! Our Collections on Display, the first exhibition dedicated to Pointe-à-Callière’s ethnohistorical collections and a wonderful opportunity to rediscover Montréal through authentic objects from its past and recent history. On display until January 8, 2023.

30 Discovery Stops

An all-new digital rally through the archaeological remains and permanent exhibitions has been added to the festivities at Point-à-Callière. This fun “seek and find” event invites visitors to locate 30 points of interest throughout the Museum. Moving from one to the next, with their smartphones in hand, visitors will gain access to exclusive information.

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Pointe-à-Callière: Celebrating… 30 years of history!

May 17, 2022 will mark the 30th anniversary of Pointe-à-Callière… as well as the 380th anniversary of Montréal. Exhibitions, activities, events, lectures, a digital rally, a podcast, and a quiz are all part of the rich and diverse program running right through 2022 to celebrate this double anniversary. Plenty of reasons to come visit or return to the birthplace of Montréal!

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About Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex
Inaugurated in 1992 as part of the city’s 350th anniversary, Pointe-à-Callière is today the largest history museum in Montréal. Rising above a concentrated number of historic and archaeological sites of national significance—including the birthplace of Montréal—, the Museum’s mission is to preserve its collections and further knowledge, while showcasing and fostering an appreciation for Montréal’s archaeological and historical heritage. This mission is carried out through various activities focused on conservation, research, presentation, education, and inclusion, along with community initiatives benefiting both Montrealers and visitors to the city.

Pointe-à-Callière, proud partner of Ville de Montréal.

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Source :

Nora Charifi
Communications Project Manager, Pointe-à-Callière
Tel : 514 872-2687 / Cell : 514 829-0955
ncharifi@pacmusee.qc.ca

Press Relations:
Nathalie Roy nathalie.roy@bell.net 514 889-3622
Sophie Marsolais – sophie@smaccom.com 514 258-0455