Ancient Artifacts: Meet an Immersive Modern Museum in Montreal
Lifestyle Learn more about Pointe-à-Callière and how it’ll take you back in time with its unique exhibit on the Queens of Egypt.
A national heritage and archaeological site, the museum consists of seven pavilions that include the remains of the archaeological crypt on which it stands, the Old Custom House, the Mariners’ House, and, since May, the Fort Ville-Marie and the first collector sewer.
But while its focus is on the past, it’s a museum that embraces the present.
“Pointe-à-Callière is home to remarkable architectural ruins that are showcased on-site, some of the oldest ones in Canada, which are connected by North America’s first collector sewer,” said Francine Lelièvre, the museum’s founder and executive director. “The Memory Collector, as an example, is an ingenious light
installation projected onto the stone walls of the sewer, with a specially-designed sound environment, plunging visitors into a mysterious world and leading them to a magical space imbued with history.”
Showcasing the most Canadian of games
Birthdays are big this year: it’s Canada’s 150th, Montreal’s 375th, Pointe-à-Callière is celebrating its 25th, the NHL is having its 100th, and the Stanley Cup has been around for 125 years, almost as long as Canada has officially been a country.
So, to show off Canada’s hockey history, Passion: Hockey illuminates the origins of Canada’s national pastime.
“Hockey is the heart of our culture, especially here in Montreal, the birthplace of the NHL. The exhibit intertwines our national sport with our history and our national identity,” said Brigitte Lacroix, Project Manager at Pointe-à-Callière.
Fans of the sport, or those who simply want to enter the zone that occupies Canada’s collective consciousness, can stickhandle their way through this immersive exhibit that showcases everything from historical highlights to sports technology.
Be a queen for a day
In Queens of Egypt, prepare to go way back — way, way back.
This unique exhibit, the biggest of its kind in North America, will take visitors through the lives of Egypt’s queens: into the temples, palaces, harems, villages, and necropolises of ancient times.
“Spaces will be integrated with projections, sometimes visible, sometimes more ethereal, of scenes of life in Egypt. Interactive stations — such as a perfume table -- give visitors the chance to be part of this ancient Egyptian world,” said Lelièvre.
Seven queens of the golden age of Egypt will be showcased in the exhibition through more than 350 artifacts, from unique pieces to monumental objects. A temple, dedicated to the goddess Sekhmet, will welcome visitors with six statues. A dozen sarcophagi will represent scenes from the Valley of the Queens. The tombstone of Queen Nefertari and her personal belongings will have visitors contemplate the world she lived in.
Unlike the artifacts being shown in Queens of Egypt, this one-of-a-kind exhibit won’t be around for thousands of years, so make the trip to Montreal this summer to catch it while it’s still on.