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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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Saline, Michigan, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

museum is a historical house with an interesting past. It is located in the heart of the old town and the staff all wear period costumes. It is laid out over 2 floors and has a number of interesting artefacts on the history of montreal. Make sure you dont miss the gardens

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The "If these walls could talk" displays were great, my 9 year old had fun finding them in each room and listening to the voices of the past. So many artifacts to see, all of us agreed we could have stayed much longer looking at everything. The gardens are pretty, and the girl who taught us about animal pelts was... More 

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The displays on the various levels and also the audio stations gave one a sense of having lived in the home. The displays in the basement level iare still being laid out. However there was enough to get a sense of how the first governor and wife lived and enjoyed the well laid out garden in the same complex. A... More 

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Bedford, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

My family visited this museum on our vacation last week. The museum had a lot of great information about the history of Montreal and is a must see if you are visiting Montreal. Also, it is within walking distance of Champ-de-Mars subway station. Just exit toward Gosfard street, follow it to the top of the hill and you will find... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

My 13 year old daughter and myself enjoyed exploring the museum as well as the grounds in front of the 'Governor's house' and beautiful gardens behind it. It was also fun that there were people dressed in period costumes.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

A pleasant welcome. Entrance fee of $10 CAD. We were pointed in the right direction to follow the route round the house. Information was in both English and French, easy to understand. There were some listening stations, which were in a number of languages, as you went round. Staff were in dress from the era the house was built. It... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The building today is somewhat overshadowed by it's neighbours, but as you travel from room to room and learn of the history that has been witnessed within it's walls, it is deeply impressive. As you move around the Chateau each section progresses the story from the first governors to present times using objects of the period together with audio listening... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I was looking forward to seeing the first governor's house of Montreal, but it was only a museum with information and didn't show any original furnishings as I was anticipating. There isn't a lot to see, but there was A LOT of great information on the history of the city and the building.

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Address: 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.