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Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
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Address: 280 Notre-Dame St. E., Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1C5, Canada
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+1 514-861-3708

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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Small, but well done museum

This tour takes about an hour if you read every tag and look at every picture, but if you like museums, it is worth a look. It's an example of early Montreal life and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour takes about an hour if you read every tag and look at every picture, but if you like museums, it is worth a look. It's an example of early Montreal life and architecture, but the exhibit covers some of Native American life from the introduction of European influences onward through the building and renovation of the current structure... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

We loved this nice old building and its history. Short audio recordings were quite informative and very nicely done, the exhibits were good and the story of the building, its inhabitants and Montreal were well delivered.

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Westmont, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We enjoyed the display and the interaction from staff. We made some sour dough bread!! Many things and levels to see appreciate the history and importance of the manor home.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Set in the heart of old Montreal, this was the first historic building to be classified in Quebec. This place has a good feel about it with the history of various families inter twinned with the history of Montreal. Late out in an informal manner but this does not detract from the story it is conveying.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Indoor activities are always good on cold winter days, and this was no exception. The museum was nice, and surprisingly well detailed (if you took the time to read all the signs). We had done the Archeological Museum the day before, and found that this tied in nicely with what we had learned about Montreal's history.

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Waddell, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Across the city hall in Place Jacques Cartier, it is in superb condition, fully restored and a must see for history buffs.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 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 15 November 2016

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 15 November 2016

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

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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The historic centre 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 centre, 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 theatre.
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