Pointe-à-Callière Trip!

This afternoon, me, myself, and I took a trip to Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal’s Museum of Archaeology and History. Located right by the water in Old Port, this very modern building had me wondering if I was in the right place. The interior was quite industrial, and had a sort of tomb-like feel to it. At 1:30pm, two huge metal doors behind the front desk screeched open and all the visitors were funnelled into the room beyond. The room held what at first glance was a movie theatre, except between the comfy seats and the screen was a pit with the foundations of old buildings, looking very much like an archaeological dig, down below.

Then the presentation began. The best way I could describe what followed is by likening it to a Cirque du Soleil show, except with no acrobats involved. Through our headphones we heard the cheerful voice of a woman who claimed to be “Montreal”, and she walked us through it’s (her) history, from before there was anything more than a few Iroquois long houses, to what we live in today. The visuals and audio were simply breathtaking, and I applaud the person(s) who put that show together. See the attached photos for some stills of what I saw.

After the 18 minute introduction was over, I was free to roam the museum. I went down into the archeological crypt, and was able to see how the exact plot of land I stood on changed over time. It was really like being down in a forgotten city, except it was in no way forgotten, and actually really well documented and researched! The exhibits were beautifully arranged, and there were a number interactive screens, headphones, and holes to peek into.

I even got to take a look at their Beatles in Montreal exhibit, which was EXTREMELY INTERESTING. It seems that the one and only time the Beatles came to play a show in Montreal, fans (especially young teenage girls) went absolutely crazy! Some of the first-hand accounts I read were unbelievable, with girls clawing at each other to get closer to the stage, and paramedics scouting the crowds.

The last thing I did was go up to the lookout on top of the main building of the museum. Fortunately for me the sun was shining brightly and I got some lovely shots of Old Port from a unique perspective! After exiting the museum, feeling full of new archeological and historical knowledge, I walked through the cobbled streets of Old Montreal with a greater appreciation of the ground beneath my feet.

– Kathleen

Come to the Redpath Museum this weekend to purchase and nibble on some baked goods lovingly made by the RMC Executive!

Come to the Redpath Museum this weekend for a chance to nibble on baked goods made lovingly by the RMC Executive!

This Sunday, March 16th, the Redpath Museum Club will be stationed in the lobby of the Redpath Museum selling delicious baked treats to raise funds for the club! If you didn’t already have a reason to come see our wonderful exhibits, you have one now! We will be serving from 11am until we sell out (fingers crossed)! Hope to see you there.

Nuit Blanche at the Redpath Museum

Nuit Blanche at the Redpath Museum

It turns out that it is hard to take a good photo in the Museum with all the lights out! Regardless, you can feel the magic! We want to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers and all those who came out to spend a bit of time with our RMC guides. We had almost 1800 visitors come out and brave the cold to see our exhibits by flashlight, and could not be happier about that turn out.