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Maison Historique George-Etienne Cartier

Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
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Address: 458 Notre-Dame St E | (Near Bonsecours), Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1C8, Canada
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+1 514-283-2282

Former home of Sir George-Etienne Cartier, now a history museum.

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Well preserved historical home

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... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2016
Leah B
Spring Hill, Kansas
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Spring Hill, Kansas
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

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.

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Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

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... More 

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Red Deer, Canada
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

Unfortunately we were unable to visit this location due to the fact it is closed the two days we are here in the city. A little disappointing for a national historic site. Please note: closed on Monday and Tuesday.

1 Thank Yvonne P
Greater Cincinnati
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Reviewed 21 September 2015 via mobile

Entry was less than $4 each - quick self guided tour - nobody else was there on Saturday morning. Staff was very friendly. Period decorated rooms and information about the family. Glad we stopped.

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Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 27 August 2015

Very interesting and well laid out house! Loved learning about him as a "family man" as well as a politician and business person. There was also an interesting exhibit on building future communities which was interactive and thought provoking! I really thought this was a highlight in Montreal.

1 Thank Susan T
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Reviewed 19 May 2015

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... More 

1 Thank Andre E
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 19 February 2015

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.

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 14 December 2014

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... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed 1 December 2014

We had this whole attraction to ourselves as there weren't any other tourists there. We loved it though, it is of great historical value and we learned a lot. The house itself is very nicely decorated. The whole house is completely accessible as there is an elevator on one side. Staff were friendly and great to talk to. The best... More 

1 Thank eiffel36524
Northborough, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 30 November 2014

Only takes about half an hour to walk through this small house museum. Very nice displays, incorporating music and smell. We were there near Christmas and it was was very festive.

Thank Ellen C

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