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“Wonderful Look Back At Montreal's History”

Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal
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Ranked #37 of 412 things to do in Montreal
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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.
Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Wonderful Look Back At Montreal's History”
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 done from the perspective of people who lived
in the house. Well worth a visit when staying near to downtown or old Montreal".

Visited June 2014
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Boston, Mass
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“View the outside, read a history book on your own”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

This historical museum was very disappointing. They really need to hire a professional exhibit designer. The historic house is worth seeing from the exterior. The interior has been remodeled so many times over its history that there is nothing of the original interior to see. The rooms with beautiful hand-carved wood paneling are not original to the house, and were purchased in France and installed a couple of decades ago. There are artifacts in display cases in the rooms, but they are badly displayed with poorly designed information graphics. The exhibit tells the history of Montreal, which would be more enjoyable to learn by reading a book than leaning over the display cases and up to the paintings on the walls to read the information.
The last rooms on the self-guided tour on the first floor of the house have a very poorly designed exhibit of the old French-Quebecois judicial and criminal justice [punishment] system which is more of an exhibit of questions of judicial ethics than anything, and is completely unrelated to the history of the building. Shouldn't even be there. The cellar/basement level has some unfinished reproductions of early settlement furniture and unfinished exhibits.

Visited June 2014
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Enfield, Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Small historic home”
Reviewed May 4, 2014

Great place to visit for a quick history of Montreal. Neat old mansion. Good tour, not too long. In a great location in Old Montreal across from city hall, and next to Place Jacques Cartier.

Visited May 2014
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Strasbourg, France
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“A very interesting Museum and historic site”
Reviewed April 30, 2014

I really enjoyed visiting here, even though some of the exhibits at the lower level were being built.
This former Governor's House is quite beautifil and has a nice collection of objets.

Visited April 2014
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Montville, New Jersey
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“Check the official website for discounts”
Reviewed April 30, 2014

An adult ticket will cost $10 but there are numerous ways to save money. You can use CAA or AAA cards for a 20% discount, an AAM (American Alliance of Museum) card for free access, or you buy a Montreal Museum pass for $80 which gives you free access to 38 museums for three consecutive days, bus and subway transport, one movie ticket to the Cinema and a cruise to discover. the canal Lachine. There are other discounts on the site as well. The history includes 1705 when Claude de Ramezay was governor of Montreal and does a wonderful job of depicting the cultural and historical heritage of Montreal and Canada through 30,000 objects, a multimedia circuit whereby such speakers as Claude de Ramezay and Ben Franklin share memories of the times in six different languages. Special exhibits like Crime/Punishment - Justice in New France (17th/18th century law- French Justice System is taught through several criminal cases. Lectures are also given on select days and can be found on their website. An example was the Nobility of New France. It is a short walk from the Champ de-Mass Metro station in the heart od Old Town opposite the Town Hall. There are ramps for the disabled. It is a great experience in a wonderful town.

Visited September 2013
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