Do not let the relatively modern exterior of the Pointe-à-Callière Museum in Montréal fool you – for inside is one of the greatest archaeological history museum’s in all of Canada. Not only renowned for it’s artifacts, the facade envelopes an interior of integrated historic buildings and landmarks. All of these elements combined is what drew Sébastien Bouthillette (Cbast, from Quebec’s QuéLUG) to bring this to life in LEGO bricks.
The modern edifice opened in 1992 as part of the 350th anniversary of the celebration of the founding of Montreal. The site was selected based upon archaeological evidence found at the site that placed it as the very site where Jeanne Mance, Sieur de Maisonneuve, and others gathered for the Mass that declared the founding of the city of Montréal.
The site’s history actually goes back much further, however, as the area had been used by the First Nations of the area for many years, and archaeological digs in the area had revealed many findings tying the history of the land back as far as the 14th century.
Sebastien’s created his model in the traditional minifigure scale, and expertly sculpted the many curves and angles of the facade. The sculptures in the front courtyard are constructed in a very clever fashion, and the various black and white antennas on the top and the side of the building for creating the overhang are also effective.
With it’s superb emphasis on archaeology, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum is of the most well-attended museum’s in the nation, and continues to serve as a testament to the heritage of Quebec, Canada, and our First Nations.