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The Montréal Archaeology and History Complex will preserve and showcase the remaining archaeological and historic sites of national importance in Old Montréal, make them accessible to the public and give the City of Montréal a world-class tourist attraction based on the authenticity of these sites.

Goal $10 million
13 000 000 $

The Campaign


375th anniversary of Montréal’s founding
150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation


The Archaeology and History Complex is the heritage legacy prioritized by the City of Montréal and the Quebec government to mark Montréal’s 375th anniversary.

Major Fundraising Campaign

Objective :

$10 million
to support conservation, exhibitions and education

Messages from the Co-Chairs

Pointe-à-Callière, this unique museum, devoted to history, archaeology, urban issues and heritage, rises above the very birthplace of Montréal. It was originally built to host 150,000 visitors a year, but in 2012 close to 400,000 people passed through its doors.

To handle all these visitors and pursue its mission, Pointe-à-Callière is now proposing a vast initiative with major economic, cultural and tourism benefits: a new Montréal Archaeology and History Complex. I am delighted to support this project.

In 2017, we want to mark Montréal’s 375th birthday and the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in great style, by opening the Archaeology and History Complex!

David McAusland
Senior Partner, McCarthy Tétrault
Co-Chair of the Major Fundraising Campaign

As Co-Chair of the major fundraising campaign – and a history buff! – I am pleased to invite you to help us create the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex.

This vast project will make it possible to preserve and showcase the remaining major historic sites in Old Montréal. All visitors, and especially the some 100,000 young people who come to the Museum every year, will be able to learn more about our city’s history as they stand on the very spot where Maisonneuve and Jeanne-Mance founded Montréal.

I am convinced that together we can help Pointe-à-Callière make this Complex a reality and continue to pursue its exceptional work of celebrating our collective heritage.

Louis Vachon

President and CEO, National Bank

Co-Chair of the Major Fundraising Campaign

Campaign team:

Normand Bergeron

Yves Bonin

Sophie Brochu
Gaz Métro

James C. Cherry
Aéroports de Montréal

Daniel Desjardins

Jean Pierre Desrosiers
Fasken Martineau

Paule Doré
Corporate Director

Gaétan Frigon

Robert Y. Girard
Fasken Martineau

Russell Goodman
Corporate Director

Pierre Hébert
Norton Rose Fulbright

John LeBoutillier
Industrial Alliance

Robert Paré
Fasken Martineau

Maxime Rémillard
V Télé



The project consists mainly of creating a museum and tourism complex on the Pointe à Callière site. When complete, the complex will comprise eleven sites, by adding the following elements to the Museum’s existing attractions: unearthing and displaying the remains of St. Ann’s Market and the Parliament of the United Province of Canada, Fort Ville-Marie and Callière’s Residence, rehabilitating the Mariners’ House, making the William collector sewer accessible along a distance of 375 metres, showcasing the original Hôpital général de Montréal and creating a world-class exhibition hall in the basement of the Dominique Ducharme Building.

>>> Click on the numbers for more information about the different sites and pavilions

  • Buildings open to the public
  • Sites and buildings to be developed
  • Feasibility studies in progress
  • Urban gardens
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Éperon, main building - 1992
First Catholic cemetery - 1643

Multimedia theatre, exhibitions, remains and services

The Éperon building is Pointe-à-Callière’s masthead, rising above the remains of the prestigious 19th-century Royal Insurance Company building and the even older remains of the first Catholic cemetery, dating from Montréal’s earliest years.

Opened to the public :

First Marketplace - 1676
Place Royale - 1892

Archaeological crypt, cultural activities and exhibition

Since 1992, Place Royale has hosted outdoor cultural activities of all kinds, while beneath the surface, in the archaeological crypt, Montréal’s past comes to life thanks to impressive archaeological remains illustrating six centuries of history, from Native times (1350) to the present.

Opened to the public:

Ancienne-Douane - 1836

Workshops, educational activities and services

This historic building, Montréal’s first Custom House, houses exhibitions and workshops for school groups, young people and families.

First Marketplace - 1676
Place Royale – 1892
Archaeological crypt, cultural activities and exhibition

Opened to the public:

Mariners’ House - 1953

Temporary exhibitions and Archaeo-Adventure workshop

This 3,500 m2 building houses multipurpose rooms, equipped with cutting-edge technology, for hosting major temporary exhibitions and cultural and special events, and the Archaeo-Adventure workshop.

Opened to the public:

Youville Pumping Station - 1915

Industrial heritage

Montréal’s first electrically powered wastewater pumping station. The building conserves and interprets the city’s industrial heritage, with an educational workshop and a documentation centre on Montréal.

Opened to the public:

Fort Ville-Marie - 1642
Montréal’s birthplace and Callière’s Residence - 1695

It was here that Maisonneuve, Jeanne Mance and some forty French settlers founded Montréal in 1642. In 1688, Governor Louis-Hector de Callière acquired land here to build his residence. The site holds exceptional remains that help us better understand our city’s earliest days.

Opening to the public:

St. Ann’s Market - 1832
Parliament of the United Province of Canada - 1844

Remains and history

Marking a milestone in the country’s history, the first permanent Parliament of the United Province of Canada was established in the St. Ann’s Market building in 1844. A number of important pieces of legislation were adopted here, including the 1848 act establishing responsible government.

Opening to the public:

Dominique Ducharme Building (Canada Customs) - 1916

International exhibitions

The monumental Canada Customs building has a vast basement well-suited to hosting world-class temporary exhibitions. The underground network will offer direct access to this space.

Opening to the public:

Canalized river William collector sewer - 1832

Underground network for the Complex

The Little Saint-Pierre River, converted into a collector sewer, will be the backbone of the Complex: a network connecting a unique collection of authentic archaeological and historic sites. The collector sewer, which will be extended to make it accessible along a distance of 375 metres, is a magical place in itself, a dramatic and fascinating journey into the belly of the historic city. On the surface above it, an urban garden will be planted.

Opening to the public:

Central Fire Station - 1904

This fire station was opened in 1904 and remained in use until 1972. The Queen Anne style building now houses the Centre d’histoire de Montréal. The former fire station may be reconverted to serve as part of the Complex.

Original Hôpital général de Montréal - 1693
Maison de Mère d’Youville - 1747

The original Hôpital général de Montréal is the second-oldest building in Old Montréal. It was taken over by the Grey Nuns in 1747 and gradually expanded, continuing its original vocation until the 19th century. It is a heritage gem that few Montrealers know about.

Opening to the public:





Key partners - $500,000 or more

Major donors - $100,000 to $499,999

Fondation J.-Louis Lévesque

Builders - $10,00 to $99,999

Sigrid et Gilles Chatel Paule Doré Russell Goodman Francine Lelièvre Louis Vachon

Donors - up to $9,999

Claude Boulanger

Construction Albert Jean

Dominic d’Alessandro

Fondation Libermont


We have a recognition program for our donors. Contact the Foundation for more details.


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Fondation Pointe-à-Callière
350, place Royale
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 3Y5

Goal $10 million
13 000 000 $

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