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Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal

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Neighborhood: Ville-Marie
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Address: 280 Notre-Dame St. E., Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1C5, Canada
Phone Number: 514-861-3708
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Activities: Walking
Description: Montreal’s portal to its past, the Chateau Ramezay was the first building...
Montreal’s portal to its past, the Chateau Ramezay was the first building in Quebec to be classified an historic monument. Chosen as one of the 1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die, the Château invites you to relive more than 500 years of history, from the pre-contact Amerindian era to the 20th century.A not-to-be-missed heritage landmark in Old Montreal, the Château Ramezay holds fascinating collections, displayed in numerous exhibits, intermingled with multimedia portrayals of historical figures recounting, in six languages, highlights of their lives at the Château. Items in the museum shop reflect this legacy.Visit the Governor's Garden and experience delights typical of an urban garden in New France. In summer, a courtyard café overlooks the garden.
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Great history lesson!

Learned a lot about Montreal history at this beautiful mansion. The exhibits were very well organized, and there were audio supplements with actors portraying inhabitants of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
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Wrentham, Massachusetts
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Wrentham, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Learned a lot about Montreal history at this beautiful mansion. The exhibits were very well organized, and there were audio supplements with actors portraying inhabitants of the past. Highly recommend this personal and charming museum!

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Melbourne
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The site and Chateaux had a meaningful listing associated with Old Montreal but apart from some paintings and artifacts, it was not worth a visit as a Museum. Most of the outfits on the dummies supposedly in the vintage historical attire were not authentic at all but merely new bits of fabrics put together. Very disappointing and certainly overpriced entry... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This was a nice little museum. It had fairly interesting things, but also had a very fun bread making activity. You make butter from scratch (takes a lot of shaking) and then mix ingredients. They baked the bread while we wondered around - it actually turned out to be pretty tasty.

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Hastings, Nebraska
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

While not a large museum, it is a large house for the period, in great shape, and the collection of artifacts is truly world class. Some may nor realize just how incredible the things inside are, but this is truly one of the 1001 places to visit.

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Northborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

ThIs place is the heart of Canadian history. Many events occurred in this house, near the house or involved people who lived here. Very interesting for Americans, as Ben Franklin, Samuel Chase and Charles Carroll were here.

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Chatswood, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

It is a good place to visit and learn more about Montreal's history, there are interesting recordings related to specific aspects of the exhibitions. The garden outside is also nice.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This Museum is listed, I believe, as one of the 1001 places to see before you die. I'm assuming it is much lower on the scale than ,say, Versailles, the Forbidden City, or the Pyramids. However,it is an interesting museum. Housed in the preserved chateaux in the center of Old Montreal,the collection of art, letters,furniture, and other artifacts paint a... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This sight focuses on the period corresponding to the existence of the building. First built for the governor of the area, it later became part of the West India company and school. It uses the history of the chateau to narrate the development of Montreal as a city. The chateau is worth a visit, if only to walk through the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I enjoyed my visit to Chateau Ramezay as it incorporated both the French and British rule of Montreal. Also very interesting was the connection to the Americans (especially Benjamin Franklin) who were entertained here when they came to raise support for their revolution against the British. I thought the $8 entry fee was reasonable as well. Recommended.

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Bear
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We did not plan on visiting this place but I am glad we did. As usual, if you need to pay to get in to the museum with kids-you hope that you/the kids will enjoy the place and learn something too. we took the guided tour and as others mentioned- it was slow moving but I really enjoyed every minute... More 

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