Pointe-à-Callière, Museum of Archeology
|Address:||350 Place Royale|
Montreal, QC, H2Y 3Y5
Occupying the spot where the French explorers docked when they arrived at what was to become Montreal, this triangular building (whose shape evoking a silhouette of a ship), houses the Musée d'archéologie et d'histoire de Montréal - the only sizeable archeology museum in the country. (The museum actually occupies several buildings, the Pointe-à-Callière being the main one, marking the museum's entrance). Built for the celebrations of the 350th anniversary of the city, the Pointe-à-Callière is considered one of the better examples of post-modern buildings in the city.
Chevalier Louis Hector de Callière, the third governor of Montréal, had a home built on the plot in 1688. Later, the spot was occupied by the Royal Insurance Building which burnt down in 1948.
Information last updated: 01/Dec/2008