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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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The governor's chateau is a small, intimate museum. It is easily accessible from the Notre Dame Basilica. I would suggest pairing the two with a trip to the Marche Bonsecours... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The collection had such a wide variety of objects that there was something to interest all of our kids. There were a lot of hands-on activities they could do which is so much more interesting than just looking at things through glass and reading wall text. And the museum did a good job presenting aspects of life you can't really... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

The governor's chateau is a small, intimate museum. It is easily accessible from the Notre Dame Basilica. I would suggest pairing the two with a trip to the Marche Bonsecours and the Pointe-à-Callière Museum during your exploration of Old Montreal.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A building with close connections to the early history of Montreal, but sadly needs some money and effort to make it a really interesting attraction. The building itself is very interesting and it has some interesting artifacts, but the signage is lacking and the explanations need further work. We had a guided tour by (I suspect) a volunteer guide who... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

full of history and culture nice place to visit lots of things to discover and nice shop . give it a visit on your vacation to montreal

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Harriston, ON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Interesting restored chateau with audio descriptions of the history of Montreal from 1705 until modern times. Easy to follow. New exhibits coming to the basement area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We expected this to be a period house with furnishings from the area, but it was more of a museum with only a couple of rooms set up as they would have been during the time it was occupied as a home. The gardens were nice, but we should have done our homework before paying admission and wandering in here... More 

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Centerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Although you tour the home, this is really more about Montreal's history. We found the tour enjoyable and informative. I would NOT take small children if you decide to take the guided tour. For adults, it was fascinating--especially for those who do not know Canadian history.

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

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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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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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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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.