The museum hosts several permanent exhibitions, which together provide a fascinating and comprehensive take on the city’s history. Wander through a 19th-century sewer, which was once used to collect rainwater and wastewater; learn about the history of the city at the “Where Montreal Began” exhibit, which includes parts of the original 17th-century Fort Ville-Marie fortress; and learn about key moments during British and French rule in the archaeological crypt. Children can unearth treasures at the Archaeo-Adventure workshop and relive sea battles at the “Pirates or Privateers?” exhibition.
Guided tours of specific exhibits, family tours, activities, and introductory talks take place daily and are available on a walk-in basis. Given in English and French, tours are included in the price of admission.