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Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal

280 Notre-Dame St. E., Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1C5, Canada (Ville-Marie)
514-861-3708
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Ranked #42 of 202 Attractions in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Walking
Owner description: Montreal’s portal to its past, the Chateau Ramezay was the first building in Quebec to be...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Walking
Owner description: 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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Hastings, Nebraska
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144 reviews 144 reviews
70 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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16 helpful votes 16 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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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
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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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My friend and I had a couple of hours free in Montreal and we walked from the center of town to Chateau Ramezay to check it out. An English language tour happened to be starting a few minutes after we arrived. The guide was a nice fellow, but a little shaky on his facts. Unfortunately the house, which is one... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We did not do the house tour of Chateau Ramezay, choosing instead to tour the stunning gardens at the back of the home. There is no charge to tour the gardens and, the day we were there, there were very few people there. It amazes me that a garden of this size thrives in the middle of a city. One... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The Chateau Ramezay, in addition to being a beautiful house with great gardens, is also a good way to understand the settlement and development of Montreal. Give yourself a good hour to go through and read and see all that there is to see there, it is worth your time.

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