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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: +1 514-861-3708
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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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Excellent display of Old Montreal

Chateau Ramezay is one of the oldest sites in Old Montreal. The Chateau, now a museum, covers life in the area from the Ameraindians, the Iriquois, to the late 1800s. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved this little museum despite some exhibits not being ready. I especially loved the videos and soundtracks about the various historical figures who had lived or worked in the building and found it gave more depth to the history of the city of Montreal.

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Arkport, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Found the place to visit on a very cold day outside. Excellent descriptions of the various exhibits. Worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I visited in early September as it was within walking distance of old town and our hotel. It's a small lhome filled with Canadian history with a small garden in back.

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Vergennes, Vermont
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was interesting, but slightly over-priced. I was hoping for a Williamsburg-type museum, but it is mostly a museum of exhibits. There is only one beautiful room to see. However, if you want to learn more about the history in Old Montreal, you should visit this site.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chateau Ramezay is one of the oldest sites in Old Montreal. The Chateau, now a museum, covers life in the area from the Ameraindians, the Iriquois, to the late 1800s. The downstairs area has home settings from different time periods and different classes of families. This is a well displayed museum, that is easy to navigate through and provides a... More 

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Shaker Heights, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

Several rooms laid out to show the history of Montreal. Some listening stations. A bit dry in places. The renovations in progress in the basement will make it more interactive

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

This venue is closed on Mondays but you can still view the gardens at the back. A visit reveals how the elite of early Montreal lived, and has interesting displays.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Enjoyed a few hours getting to know the history of Montreal. There are free audio guides around the house that are interesting as they are told from the perspective of a resident at the time. The exhibits downstairs seem to be work in progress as there are gaps in the rooms. Signage could have been better as to the best... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

A good museum telling the story of the building (the governor's house) and the history of Montreal. The activities in the basement are still being developed but look like they will be good. The story is told in a variety of forms which makes it easy to understand. The garden currently has a display about the squash family in th... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Lots of historical facts to offer but displayed in a very boring manner. Couldn't wait to get out and it cost way too much for what it offered.

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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.
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