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“Small museum, big impact.”

Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal
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$123.80*
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Old Montreal Private Walking Tour
Ranked #49 of 429 things to do in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed June 25, 2014

I enjoyed this lovely museum. It has many actual artifacts, a nice garden, beautiful rooms (especially the room with the carved French panelling), and little films presenting the viewpoints of various people from the history of the house. I learned a lot about the history of Canada.

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"place jacques cartier"
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"lots of history"
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"worth a visit"
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"couple of hours"
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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".

Thank TucsonTraveller
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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.

Thank Lisa S
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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.

3  Thank Michael B
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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.

1  Thank Kwistax
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