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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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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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On a recent visit to Montreal we visit Chateau Ramezay. It was the governor's house during the French Colonial Period in Montreal. The house contains museum type displays that... read more

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Clermont, Florida
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on a trip. Nice little museum. For people who enjoy local history. It doesn't have a lot of information that's interesting and it's not really logically organized. The cellar is cool.

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Clermont, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a recent visit to Montreal we visit Chateau Ramezay. It was the governor's house during the French Colonial Period in Montreal. The house contains museum type displays that tell the history of Montreal. It was informative and gave the history of both the house and the city. It is a good history attraction, but there are more extensive history... More 

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Uxbridge, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very nice small museum with some history of Montreal. Love the video stations . It's mostly a history of the building itself with a bit of Montreal history add.

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NY state
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

The museum is a series of rooms with exhibits regarding the history of the Chateau. It is informative but not exceptionally inspiring.

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Mexico City
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Interesting museum and building to learn about the way of life and about history of the beginnings of Montreal.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

We found many historical treasures in this 19th century building, but the one I always remember is the section about Benjamin Franklin where he's written - "It's easier to buy Canada than to conquer it". If you plan to spend more than a day in Montreal you should try to take this museum in. The museum is located right next... More 

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Reviewed 15 April 2017

I'm a history buff but mostly American history, and I never took the time to see the connections between the US and Canada. And what connections. Chateau Ramezay was a site used by Ben Franklin leading up to the Revolution. I didn't know that! I didn't realize the Canadian connection to early American history. And now that some of that... More 

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Garland, Texas
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

This was interesting to see. It was nothing spectacular, but if you are into Montreal history and Canadiam history, it will be interesting.

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Easthampton MA
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

We love to visit historical buildings, read about their development and read about the historical history (signs are in English and French). Love these museums. The docents are excellent and the exhibits bring one to a different view of how modern ancient history really is. Parking is at one of the parking garages nearby.

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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Great way to spend a few hours. Our first stop in old Montreal and we learned a lot of the local history. We were lucky that there was a free presentation in English that afternoon by an archaeologist talking about recent finds and the methods used to decide the purpose and use of the artifacts found. Definitely worth a visit.... More 

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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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