Maison Historique George-Etienne Cartier

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Maison Historique George-Etienne Cartier

Maison Historique George-Etienne Cartier
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Former home of Sir George-Etienne Cartier, now a history museum.
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Neighborhood: Ville-Marie
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  • Square-Victoria-OACI • 5 min walk
  • Place-d'Armes • 6 min walk
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Nairey
Montreal, Canada9 contributions
This museum is housed in twin houses once owned by Sir George Etienne Cartier, Quebec lawyer, politician and businessman and one of the Fathers of Canadian Confederation. The exhibition in the East House focuses on Cartier's achievements and political career. The West House recreates the prosperous Victorian home it was when Cartier, his wife and daughters lived there in the late 1860's. Every effort has been made to recreate the ambience of the Victorian period, using original fittings and furniture as well as extracts from his daughters' diaries. Each room is animated by a soundtrack in which different characters reveal more about life in the Cartier household.
Written December 9, 2010
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Steven C
Washington DC, DC31 contributions
Despite a broad interest in history, this American really didn't know much about how Canada came to be. This home of one of the nation's founders tells the story in easy detail while also exploring the lives and diaries of his two daughters and allowing a look through his 19th century home. It's free, too. Just on the eastern edge of the old city.
Written August 30, 2017
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Renee
Montreal, Canada197 contributions
Friends
Sir George-Étienne Cartier was a Father of Confederation. His residence is far less grandiose than the person himself. Hidden at the east end of Old Montreal on Notre-Dame street, this place is often ignored by regular tourists (just count the number of reviews here).

Do you want to know why Mr Cartier stayed in close-by Rasco Hotel instead of sharing the bed with Mrs Cartier? Well, I got to learn this little details by touring around the house yesterday. The special event of celebrate Christmas in Victorian Style has known to me for a few years. I had visited this place twice, so it never seemed to be a new place to explore. But I was wrong!

My friend was happy that I gave him a last call inviting him to join me, so not only we've learned how bourgeois English families celebrated their holiday, we also spent three hours there taking photos with costumes under the mistletoe and making a Victorian style X'mas card which costed half month wage for the house servants at the era! Oh, not to forget the traditional English drink and hot chocolate, they definitely warmed up your winter day!! :)

I strongly recommend people to go visit this house, even there is no haunted tales.
Written December 14, 2014
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KG_TXtraveler
Houston, TX492 contributions
Couples
We thought that this museum was just alright. There are a few period rooms which are nice, however they are separated by other exhibits and upstairs the museum feels unfinished. However, the price, at around $3.50 was fitting for the amount of things to see. The staff was nice. I feel that you can get a better sense of the city from visiting the other museums in Old Montreal if you have limited time.
Written August 8, 2016
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F1LoverAnn
Louth, UK218 contributions
Couples
This was one of the places which I was hoping to see. However arrived to find that it was closed with no explanation why. From speaking to some locals, find that it has been closed for a while, with no explanation why, or if it will be reopening.
Written June 5, 2019
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Leah B
Spring Hill, KS85 contributions
Solo
This is another one of the well preserved homes in Montreal. It has a lot of character and tells a great story about this influential family. It's covered by the museum pass and doesn't take that long to tour. It's a fun little side trip for history lovers.
Written August 31, 2016
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2805rich
Montreal, Canada6 contributions
Solo
Part of the 100+ Official National Historic Sites and Parks of Canada. It may take a little finding and is not really advertised, yet for any history buff it is a must see site. Really well put together and well explained this is the house of one of the French founders of Canada.
Written February 19, 2015
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Andre E
Shawinigan, Canada241 contributions
Solo
Cartier did away with the Seignorial Land Tenure System because they interfered with the expansion of railroads..his former clients. Politics bring about change..and land tenure and property rights are always in mutation to suit the Agenda of the Day. The house itself is nice with large Victorian Furnishings and the obsession of the time to create small rooms with higjh Ceilings. ..possibly because they were easier to heat in winter. The condos adjacent to this property are new modern condos without much outer character. The Bridge next to it overlooks the river and Jacques Cartier Bridge and is great for watching the fireworks during summer. The Circus school is to the right and the old Hotel Viger (an old train station of the Grand trunk Railway) is standing empty , pârtially used for offices of the City.
Written May 18, 2015
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WeVentureForth
Calgary, Canada267 contributions
Family
It doesn't take long to go through this museum but it is full of interesting information and the presentations are really varied. You can stand in decorated rooms and hear voices from the past describe what life was like. The house is so fancy. There is interesting political information as well.
Written April 3, 2013
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JLC-mtl2015
Montreal, Canada372 contributions
Family
We had no expectation and was surprise to learn its existence. At one end of old Montreal, it easy accessible from the old port.

Mr. Cartier took an important role in the history of Quebec and Canada. He played a politic role while being a lawyer. The house presents highlights of the time, the family, their activities and receptions.

You can see the rooms, the dining room, the blue and red living room with some original furniture (to see – the silver platter).

The guided visit was great.

But you can also visit on your own. But I think the guide brought the visit to another level.

Plus, free admission this year due to the 150th anniversary of Canada.
Written July 8, 2017
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