Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History
In the Old Port of Montréal, on the waterfront not far from the Place d'Armes, the Pointe-à-Callière provides an overview of Montréal's history. Scholars had long known that in 1642 a mass was held beside the St. Lawrence River to mark the founding of the city, but the exact location was long a mystery. Excavations begun in 1980 identified Pointe-à-Callière as the site, and during the next decade—as archaeologists uncovered additional artifacts, including evidence of the city's first Roman Catholic cemetery—a museum was erected to protect the dig. In addition to displaying many of the items found here, a multimedia presentation conveys the realities of life in the city over the centuries. Temporary exhibitions cover significant archaeological work at other sites around the world.