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Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal

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Address: 280 Notre-Dame St. E., Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1C5, Canada
Phone Number: 514-861-3708
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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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Nice look at the history of the area

Defiantly worth the visit, engaging exhibits and revealing insights into the history of Montreal. I visited in November so the gardens were not so much a part of my tour but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 14, 2015
GWVan
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Port Orange, Florida

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York, PA
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum will take you through the history of the Montreal area through artifacts, narration, and signs. The audio narration from the perspective of different occupants was particularly helpful. There is a good collection of history books for sale in the gift shop as well.

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Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The chateau has an interesting history and there are some unique displays and pieces housed in it. The interior decorations and design are impressively fine. The downstairs section seems an afterthought and does not match the quality of the upstairs exhibitions.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a historical site of the residence of the Governor of Montreal converted into a museum hosting exhibitions about Montreal's history. I found the museum to be highly interactive and informative, and one can easily spend one to two hours going through the exhibits. The underground floor features a tour of the replica of rooms with real artifacts and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

We love it very much. It's layout and history of the Chateau is very interesting. The bread making class on 2nd floor is fun for my daughter.

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montreal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

The tour guide was upbeat, interesting and very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about my ancestors the colonizing french Canadians and very much enjoyed the visit. We also learned the origin of many expressions and words like the origin of the word "BBQ"! The rooms are made like the old days and everything is really well set up. The backyard... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

this is a wonderful small museum in a very historic old house. it provides a great overview of Montreal's history in a most digestible form.

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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Montreal is such an interesting, old city, I wanted to find out as much about it as I could in the short time I was there. Chateau Ramezay hit the spot. There are kiosks where you push a button and hear from the ghost of someone who used to live there, at different time periods and eras. They would tell... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

This residence consists of several style rooms, and houses objects from the prehistoric times up until the 20th century. You get an insight in the Montreal of pre-contact Amerindian days to the heydays of French gentility. In each room there are screens with headphones to hear additional stories of historical inhabitants of the chateau. The staff is dressed up in... More 

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Port Orange, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Defiantly worth the visit, engaging exhibits and revealing insights into the history of Montreal. I visited in November so the gardens were not so much a part of my tour but still felt it was more than worth my time and money.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

This historical chateau is a gorgeous stone museum in Old Montreal a short walk from Bonsecour Market and Notre Dame Basilica. Docents dress in period costumes and in good weather, beckon guests from the front steps. With the house and garden, you could easily spend an hour learning about early Montreal and significant residents and founding fathers. There are children... More 

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
The historic center of Montreal, Vieux-Port is home to some of the city's most antiquated buildings and picturesque streets. Along the waters of the St. Lawrence River, the bank of Old Port features museums, festivals, food stalls, and outdoor athletics, a celebrated part of the city that explodes into fireworks displays on warm summer nights. At its center, street performers and artists compete with sprawling restaurant terraces for space along Jacques-Cartier Square, while the cobbled streets of Rue St. Paul and Rue Notre-Dame offer a reprieve of quiet galleries and atmospheric wine bars. Horse-drawn carriages are not an uncommon part of traffic, and the narrows they traverse are lined with boutiques, crêperies, and poutine shops enshrined in buildings of stone and wooden lattices. Here you can evoke Montreal's past with a traditional cooking lesson or historical tour, then enjoy its artistic present with live music and theater.