Posted on May 18th, 2010 by .

Travel, people and culture : my ultimate three favorite things on Earth – and the reason behind my excitement for the Rapa Nui exhibition happening at Montreal’s Pointe-à-Callière museum.


You don’t know Rapa Nui? Don’t worry. It is, after all, one of the most isolated places on the planet. Thanks to the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History Pointe-à-Callière though, I’m about to satisfy my thirst for knowledge and learn all about this distant land and people.

So where is this Rapa Nui Island you may ask?

Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, is a tiny speck of Polynesian land in the Pacific Ocean, some 3,000 km west of Chile. And by tiny I mean 165 km2, three times smaller than Montreal.  Yet, there is noting small about the culture and history of its people, the Rapanui. Their legacy represents an important part of our world heritage.

The exhibition will display over 200 pieces from collections of some twenty European and North American lenders. I have been obsessed with Polynesia since my childhood and this exposition will only strenghen my passion for that part of the world. Pretty cool to have Easter Island on Montreal Island all summer!

Where: Pointe-à-Callière Museum, 350 Place Royale, corner of de la Commune, Old Montréal, Square-Victoria Metro
When: June 8 – November 14
Info: (514) 872-9150




Places to eat nearby: Olive & Gourmando, Barroco, DNA,

Places to shop nearby: Espace Pepin (women), Michel Brisson (men), Librissime (amazing bookstore)

Places to stay nearby: Hotel St-Paul, Auberge Les Passants du Sans Soucy, Le Petit Hotel

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