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Maison Historique George-Etienne Cartier
Ranked #143 of 394 things to do in Montreal
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Owner description: Former home of Sir George-Etienne Cartier, now a history museum.
Calgary, Canada
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“worth a stop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

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.

Visited August 2012
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English first
montreal
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95 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“A victorian townhouse with period furniture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

I enjoyed the visit after having read up a lot on who was Georges Etienne Cartier. He was a corporate lawyer that represented the great builders of late XIX th century and eventually became Prime Minister of Canada. Apparently, he pushed hard to do away with the Seignorial Land Regime which had become an impediment to economic and railroad development. The house itself is nothing extraordinary but it is one of the only period homes that are open to the public.Chateau Ramezay, close by, is an old governor's mansiom, even older and is also worth visiting.

Visited August 2011
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Montreal, Canada
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“A father of Canadian confederations house in Old Montreal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2012

The museum give us a great idea of what a Victorian house of the period was like in Old Montreal of a French Canadian bourgeois family house. I especially love the house at Christmas

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Montreal, Canada
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9 reviews
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“Step back into Victorian times”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2010

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.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“Great Information”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2009

We arrived in Montreal on Canada Day. We really didn't know or understand the significance of this until we entered this museum. It gave us a great understanding of George Etienne Cartier significant contribution to the confederation of Canada provinces. There is no fee.

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