Chateau Dufresne (Dufresne House)

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Chateau Dufresne (Dufresne House)

Chateau Dufresne (Dufresne House)
4.5
Historic Sites • Art Museums

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The area
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Neighbourhood: Olympic Park & Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (HoMa)
Named for the Olympic Stadium complexes built for the 1976 games, the Olympic Park and the surrounding neighbourhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (HoMa) make up an invigorated area dedicated to "Space for Life." Around the Olympic Village's arenas and stadiums, Rue Sherbrooke welcomes exploration of its sculpture gardens decorated in the works of Jean-Paul Riopelle and its museum culture headed by the historical Château Dufresne. Maisonneuve Park offers interactive experiences at its bio-dome, insectarium, planetarium, and botanical gardens. For a change of scene, the gentrified space along Rue Ontario Est is packed with the city's newest, edgiest cafes, where an imaginative, youthful crowd sips foamy cappuccinos. A visit here is incomplete without stepping into the vast halls of the Maisonneuve Market, with flower stalls, wine depots, and local produce.
How to get there
  • Pie-IX • 3 min walk
  • Préfontaine • 10 min walk
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Lyncroft
Quebec266 contributions
Surprising!
Jun. 2021
We did the guided tour and it was quite interesting. Tided in well with the self-guided walking tour we had just done in Maisonneuve. House is actually a duplex and only one side is furnished but most of the decorations is by Guido Nincheri. For those who like art, history and architecture, this is worth the visit.
Written 19 July 2021
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Jack L
Winston Salem, NC180 contributions
If You like Decorative Arts, T’is Worth a Visit
Mar. 2020 • Couples
Château Dufresne was built during the heyday of the Beaux Arts movement. It was constructed of first rate materials: Neo-classical stone facade, with marble, tile, parquet flooring, frescoes and more inside. Even the radiators are worth noticing! Sadly, the house went into decline after the family sold it in the 1950s and most of the furnishings were dispersed. However, some original artwork has been been found and put back in place. At present (March 2020) the house is undergoing extensive renovation, but is still open to the public. The staircase alone makes the visit worthwhile. If you get tired of museums dedicated to the history of Montreal, give yourself a break and visit Château Dufresne.
Written 6 March 2020
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ACCChas
Charleston, SC90 contributions
Out of the Way - but Take the Time to do it
Dec. 2019
This is really a hidden gem if you like house museums. The duplex is well restored on the inside and they are currently working on the outside. It is close to a metro stop and very reasonably priced. The self guided audio tour is easy to manipulate and the tour takes about 1 hour to complete.
Written 23 December 2019
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514Travellers
Montreal, Canada50 contributions
A Spectacular Piece of Montreal!
Sep. 2019 • Solo
I popped in while visiting the Jardins Botanique and was so pleased that I did!! This house museum is a fascinating glimpse into the life of the early 20th century. The tour is self guided and in English & French and you can go on your own pace. Plan for about an hour!
Written 9 October 2019
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CHIMO REFUGES
Saint Sauveur des Monts, Canada9 contributions
A wonderful glimpse into Montreal's history! A must see!
Nov. 2018
The interior was decorated with a series of murals and ceiling paintings by Guido Nincheri in the 1920s and 1930s. Known for his piety and devout religious leanings, the secular subject matter of the Château Dufresne's interior decor is an exception to the rest of Nincheri's artistic career.

To visit the museum is to be brought back in time.
Written 8 August 2019
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WJ_Bonnie
Winnipeg, Canada109 contributions
Must see!
Jun. 2019 • Solo
Amazing museum, with a good digital tour guide (tablet). It took me awhile to realize the ‘two residences’ is what might be called ‘duplex’ or ‘side by side’ (on a grand scale, of course). So much history and absolutely beautiful restoration. Takes about 1.5hrs to tour. There is a small parking lot in the back (where you enter); no street parking allowed. Make sure you walk around to the front
Written 2 June 2019
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Irreverent-in-Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio211 contributions
A top activity when in Montreal
Sep. 2018 • Couples
What a great restored mansion and tour, with tremendous depth of history and knowledge imparted by a very modern and high-tech electronic tablet that produces helpful/useful audio for each room on the tour. Best yet, on our September Wednesday morning we were just about the only guests in this house that is really off the beaten path in Montreal. However, it's literally next door to the Olympique Parc so you can make a half-day of it visiting both. if you're interested in learning about Montreal and the industrialsts that launched their modern economy around 1900, or if you're just a history buff on how the rich used to live, you must check out Ch. Dufresne !
Written 23 September 2018
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Chris G
Minneapolis, MN189 contributions
Time Travel to the Victorian Era
Sep. 2017
This is, by far, the best Victorian Era museum we've ever seen. Imagine how much a rich woman could buy if that is all she had to do for more than 20 years-- this place is packed! Interesting history also, especially considering the chateau next door and the uses of the building over the years. Definitely a must see on a rainy day!
Written 6 April 2018
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Bryan W
Ottawa, Canada514 contributions
Beautifully Restored
Feb. 2018
We visited this house back in the 90’s when is was home to the Museum of Decorative Arts (now housed in the Musee des Beaux Arts on Sherbrooke). Since then, it has been further restored and it’s well worth visiting. There are handy tablets that provide interesting information about each room and some of the key elements. The houses (it’s a duplex) are beautiful and what is most interesting is the variety of decorative styles/era’s throughout. An in depth visit will take 30 to 45 minutes. They have a small parking lot and it’s easy to get to by Metro.

It would we wonderful if they could restore and open more on the upper floor.
Written 18 February 2018
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ce11ie
Springfield, MA25 contributions
Historic home glory
Oct. 2017 • Friends
If you like this sort of thing and I do, this historic home is a must see. Chock full of Victorian and Beaux Arts furnishing and decor this place is a feast for the eyes. Wall coverings, Sevres vases and china, Jacobean cornices, plaster frames.. the real deal. All of this made somewhat more intriguing by the fact that the property was two residences split (sort of) in half and inhabited by 2 different brothers and their families. Each side of the house has it's own distinct style. The hand held guide was quite good. I personally could have spent more time but we had basically seen everything in about 2 hours of wandering.
Written 10 October 2017
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