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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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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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We saw this museum last year when we were in Montreal, but didn't have time to visit. I am So Glad we went this year. It contains information about the original settlers, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Canton, Ohio
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Canton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We saw this museum last year when we were in Montreal, but didn't have time to visit. I am So Glad we went this year. It contains information about the original settlers, the construction of the city, its military and political history, and plenty of artifacts from the inhabitants of every century up to the 1900s. The guided tour was... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Around noon time, three gentlemen with ancient military costumes were performing small plays in front of the entrance of the museum. Since they were speaking French, I did not understand the meaning, but I was surprised at the very big sound by which one of them made a blank shot with rifle. All the walking tourists were also surprised and... More 

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Tartu, Estonia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Despite the gardens being a relatively recent, significantly reduced in area, reconstruction to old plans of the original gardens the divide between formal pleasure gardens and functional kitchen gardens is well presented. Wooden seats in the corners provided a welcome rest on an afternoon when the temperature hit 30C. It's relief to find a garden like this that has access... More 

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This is a jewel of a small museum. Loads of exhibits, reasonable entry fee ($8 for AAA members) and helpful docents. The gardens in the back are not to be missed. We spent a good bit of time just sitting and gazing at all the beautiful flowers. A nice terrace cafe overlooks the gardens. Delightful!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I throughly enjoyed this as I was lucky enough to be there 5 mins prior to a tour provided by a local volunteer. She was just great and I loved every minute of it. I believe her name was Elizabeth. Someone in our party offered a tip to her afterwards since she was so good, and she asked to have... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The site's emphasis is on the history of the house and of Montreal itself. We missed the English-language guided tour, but the audiovisual stations throughout the house were excellent and gave us a similar experience. The tour guides are in costume, which is fun. The artifacts are really neat, and if you're looking for a place to cool off, the... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

An easy visit right on the upper corner of Jacques Cartier Place. Good introduction to early history of Montreal and some of the key people, including Benjamin Franklin. Re-enactors and guides were helpful and knowledgeable. Well worth a visit if you are in Montreal

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is well worth a visit. There are lots of exhibits about life in old Montreal, all in a beautiful building. There are people dressed up in costume to tell you more about everything and there is also an operative kitchen garden .

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Saline, Michigan, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Chateau Ramezay was a small home that is now a museum. It was built in the early 1700s by the French and was later occupied by the English. It's a nice little piece of history for the area, but it doesn't take long to see everything inside and out. There were two rooms that had amazingly beautiful wood paneling, but... More 

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Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Overall, I enjoyed my visit here. However, I wasn't expecting the house to be renovated as much as it was, which for me kind of ruined the historical side of going into an old house. With that said, it was still an interesting place to visit with a lot of history about Montreal and how it began. I would recommend... More 

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Address: 280 Notre-Dame St. E., Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1C5, Canada
Phone Number: 514-861-3708
Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)

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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.