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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 #45 of 241 attractions in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History 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... more » 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. « less
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It appears that the museum is trying to do too much, show the history of the house and Montreal and Quebec. There is already a fantastic museum (Musee Pointe a Calliere) that does an incredible job of showing the history of Montreal and Quebec from before European settlers to modern day. This museum should probably concentrate on showing the house... More

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ChateauRamezay, Edcation and Communication Coordinator at Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal, responded to this review

The Château Ramezay is currently working on a new exhibition in the vaults that matches exactly your suggestion. Visitors of the upcoming exhibition will learn more about the de Ramezay household and the daily way of life of their time. Fortunately, your review thus confirms our renewed development focus on 18th century reconstitutions. We also apologize for the unpleasant incident... More

Vonore, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This was an eclectic tour stop for us, and it was enjoyable because the guide's enthusiasm for Montreal was infectious. No, the house itself is not intact but has been redone as a museum. Yes, there is a nice discussion of The settlement of Canada/Quebec/Montreal. There are a number of artifacts that may not fit together chronologically very well, but... More

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Burbank, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I learned a lot about Montreal as a result of visiting this place. It's very well done and does a very good job of explaining how Montreal came to be as well as its history. It's a self-guided tour so you can go at your own pace.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I loved that they had so many artifacts and so well preserved items. This place will give you an overall view of Montreal's history.

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Newark, Delaware
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

It was a historically significant building that was stuffed with a montage of artifacts from different points in Montreal's history, but mot much relating to the structure itself. The temporary exhibit on early justice was not intuitive or exhibited well. Took a guided tour which was completely overcrowded, rooms were explained, but odd that the items had no relation to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised when we stumbled into this historic mansion this afternoon. So much history of Montreal has happened in this house that it is worth a visit. The first floor of the museum has been beautifully done with details of historic people and events catalogued in placards and with wonderfully done audio to supplement the numerous pieces in... More

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Newmarket, ON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Interesting overview of the history of Montreal. Odd mix of display items. Make sure you listen to the audiotour stations, they have great information!

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Beautiful old mansion which belonged to the original governor (I hope I'm getting my history right!) is now a museum with a lovely garden in the back. I'm not quite sure why they kept playing bagpipes outside, though. Each room has historic artifacts and audio-recordings as if from characters who lived through each time. A little kitschy, but overall a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I enjoyed this lovely museum. It has many actual artifacts, a nice garden, beautiful rooms (especially the room with the carved French panelling), and little films presenting the viewpoints of various people from the history of the house. I learned a lot about the history of Canada.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is my wife's review as she was there whilst I was busy at a conference at the Palais de Congres ... "Entrance fee was ~CAD$10 and for that you get 2 floors of museum and gardens covering the whole history of European settlement in Montreal. All exhibits are nicely displayed but the audio tour was excellent ... the narration... More

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