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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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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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Fun times with bread making

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Vienna, Virginia
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157 reviews 157 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

Chateau Ramsay provides a nice, simple overview of Montreal history and highlights the tie ins to US history. This museum could have more exhibits and it did look like they were trying to build some out. A quick visit, maybe a tad overpriced for what you get unless you get the family rate.

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Easy access by Metro Place d'Arme. Take at least an hour to see what this museum has to offer. Exibition on First Nations (History and Artefacts). History of New France and Montreal. Red Car is quite something to see for car aficiando.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We visited here in September and it was a high point of our visit. The museum displays help trace the history of Montreal from Cartier through the English conquest. There are period pieces, displays, and paintings, as well as the gardens out back. As a retired Army officer I was surprised the list of occupants of the house included the... More 

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Wrentham, Massachusetts
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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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27 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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38 helpful votes 38 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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82 helpful votes 82 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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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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21 helpful votes 21 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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Staying in 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.