Often mistaken for one another, pirates and privateers dealt with very similar challenges, but one group worked legitimately while the other didn’t. Here’s a golden opportunity to learn which were the true heroes of the St. Lawrence River with Pirates or Privateers?
Specifically designed for young people and families, the exhibition will take shape as an adventure tale in which all visitors will have a chance to climb aboard a huge ship, created especially for the occasion. Young people will set off on a journey, as if they themselves were 17th century privateers.
Presented in the Ancienne-Douane building, Pirates or Privateers? will bring to life the world of the privateers that left their mark on Québec’s past, notably the great Montréal privateer Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville. An explorer and privateer born on Saint-Paul Street in Old Montréal (near the present-day location of Pointe-à-Callière), d’Iberville will choose young recruits to be part of his crew.
The interactive and immersive experience will delight youngsters: imagination, initiative, team spirit, and physical and intellectual abilities are required throughout the tour. Participants will find out if they have what it takes to become privateers, and learn if they have the skills of a good sailor, a sense of direction, and the ability to navigate a boat. This unique space will feature objects and artefacts from various Québec-based collections. It just goes to show that history, archaeology, and adventure can go hand in hand.
Event Host: Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History