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Reasons to visit Montreal’s Pointe-à-Callière for the historic Beatles exhibit

The city of Montreal is known for its historical musical impact on the world no doubt, but there’s a particularly interesting backstory to the Beatles’ influence on the city and a phenomenon called Yé-yé that surfaced in the 60s. And when the Beatles finally did make a stop in the northern Quebec city, well, let’s just say there was blood shed (by adoring lady fans, of course).

With over 360 objects on display, the Beatles exhibit at Pointe-à-Callière turned out to be one of my favorites of the summer, and I’m from Cleveland, so believe me when I say it was no short drive to Montreal to see this display—but it was all well-worth it in the end:

1. Montreal is one of the coolest cities on Earth:


2. This guitar signed by Paul McCartney:


4. A thank you note from John Lennon to “Lovely Rita”

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4. The gorgeous portraits painted by Richard Avedon:


5. This drumhead:


6. Lots of opportunities to see a young studly George Harrison


7.  These Paul McCartney postage stamps that are probably worth thousands:


8. Live concert footage that will make you feel like you’re at a live Beatles show

9.  VERY important band merch like this Beatles wig:


10. Because it’s the BEATLES for Christs’ sake!

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Kaitlin Duffy is a writer from Cleveland. When she's not blogging or pondering the great complexities of the world and outer space, she is finding rare vinyl steals, visiting new places, laughing often, Instagramming everything in sight, watching movies, or working on her first feature Port de Cleve.