Built on the site where the city's founders first landed, this history and archaeology museum opened exactly 350 years after the event, in 1992. Pointe-à-Callière Museum stands on the remains of original historical buildings, and parts of the old fortification walls are on display. It features a multimedia show and an underground archaeological tour, along with various temporary exhibits. Highlights include the triangular Éperon Building, the former Customs House, and Place Royale. Kids will especially enjoy learning first hand what it means to be an archaeologist in a fun engaging manner with the engaging Archaeo-Adventure Exhibition, while the Pirates or Privateers exhibition will thrill them as they learn about life on the High-seas. With plenty of events and activities, the museum is a true cultural hub in the city.
Cinémathèque Québécoise is a fantastic combination of old and new. The unique conservatory prides itself in preserving and promoting the film and television legacy of the world! Established in 1963, the institute boasts of an impressive collection of over 35,000 international movies, 25,000 TV series and various ephemera such as magazines, books, posters, photographs, scripts and production archives, all dedicated to the television and film heritage from all over the world. The place also features an interesting array of artifacts like old filming equipment, costumes, props and such. As such, Cinémathèque Québécoise is a melting pot of cultural cinema and a place where artists and filmmakers of all genres can learn about the evolution of world cinema, thus finding inspiration to make better movies.
Montréal Science Centre is a science and technology center that has quickly become one of the Old Port's biggest attractions. Along with the IMAX theater, there are a number of major permanent exhibitions including the world's first electricity-to-water and water-to-wind transformers, and various temporary exhibitions which anchor the museum. Experience science in a whole new way as the hands-on and interactive exhibits open your eyes to new wonders, and teach you a lesson or two about how science functions in our daily life. Helping children and adults translate text book knowledge in to reality, Montréal Science Centre is not just an attraction, but also an invaluable educational resource. The food court is on site and will keep you fueled as you uncover the mysteries of science.
DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art is an exhibition space housed in a converted, historic building in the heart of Old Montreal. A privately endowed foundation, DHC/ART is a permanent location for exciting and relevant temporary visual arts exhibitions and projects. Accessible and welcoming, with free admission and flexible opening hours, the foundation is an important addition to Montreal's cultural life. DHC/ART aims to be a leading venue for contemporary art in Canada, attracting visitors to Montreal for its dynamic programming which reflects the global nature of art today.
Created in 1869, as home to the 65th Regiment of the Canadian Army, the Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal is one of the oldest units still standing. Located on Henri-Julien Avenue, the site now functions as a museum that archives medals, artifacts, documents, photographs and various other ephemera associated with the unit. The museum offers regular tours and is open to public on Tuesdays from 6.30p to 9p and Mondays through Fridays by appointment alone.
A perfect place to keep the kids happy for a day, this museum and interactive extravaganza is dedicated to the history and future of space exploration and science. Explore the museum at your leisure or take a guided tour with one of the trained employees. The Cosmodome is well known for its three and six day space camps held in the summer; kids get to ride in space flight simulators and meet actual astronauts and space scientists.
Recent archaeological excavations in the cellar of the Notre-Dame-du-Bonsecours Chapel have unearthed the foundations of Montreal's first stone church, which was constructed by medical and educational pioneer Marguerite Bourgeoys in 1675. The museum, located at the back of the chapel, contains several exhibition rooms devoted to the history of the city, the chapel and to the story of Marguerite Bourgeoys, a nun credited with establishing the first hospitals in Quebec.