Château Ramezay - Historic Site and Museum of Montreal, Montreal
Historic home and museum of Quebec's French past, the Chateau Ramezay is of interest in all history buffs and those who like to see the past recreated. Inside, a self-guided tours brings guests through a series of public and private rooms as they might have looked in the 18th century, which this was the official residence of the French governor of Quebec. Outside, in the summertime, costumed "interpreters" present stories of the past in a fascinating and accurate manner.
Interesting trivia: Benjamin Franklin stayed in this house when he visited Montreal in 1776. He was on a mission to try to persuade Quebeckers to side with the rebellious colonists in their struggle against the British king and army. Without much success!
Address: 280 rue Notre-Dame est (east)
Directions: Champ de Mars metro stop
This was built in the 18th century by the 11th governor of Montreal who missed the comforts of France. It was apparently beyond his means and changed ownership numerous times. Benjamin Franklin stayed here while visiting Canada in 1776. It is now a museum with some interesting exhibits on the city's history.
Address: Old Montreal off Jacques Cartier Square
The Chateau Ramezay opened in 1895 as a museum (which makes it the oldest private history museum in Quebec) and its current collection features over 30,000 items that shed light on the history of Montreal and the province of Quebec.
The building dates to the 18th century and was originally built as a chateau for Montreal's governor at the time, Claude de Ramezay.
The museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm daily from June 1 to September 30 and Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am - 4:30 pm from October 1 - May 30.
Admission is $7/adults.
Address: 280 Notre-Dame street East
Directions: In the heart of Old Montreal near Place Jacques Cartier, City Hall, and Bonsecour Market
Phone: 514- 861-3708
When people go to cities like Montreal, they always seem to head for the major attractions and little museums like this often get overlooked. Chateau Ramezay is right across from Montreal's City Hall in the thick of Old Montreal and it only takes about an hour or so to see it all. It might not sound like much but it's a little museum that traces the history of the city of Montreal, founded by missionaries to convert the native aboriginal peoples to Christianity. There are dioramas, furniture, artifacts, portraits and loads of information.
The chateau dates back 300 years and is the province's oldest private history museum. The building itself has had many lives, including life as the American army headquarters when the Revolutionary army invaded Montreal. It has been a museum since the late 1890s and the history it relates starts at the founding of Montreal and ends when the museum was opened.
There is an outdoor cafe overlooking the herb garden in the summer and the chateau can be rented for functions.
It costs 9$ for an adult admission with discounts for seniors, students and children. It's open from 10 to 6 p.m. every day in summer, and in winter, it's open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 to 4:30. It does have a ramp and an elevator for the disabled to get to the exhibits on the lower floor. You can take photos but not with a flash.
Address: Rue Notre Dame
Directions: Across the street from City Hall
2 floors in this old building. Former residence of the governor of Montreal way back in the day. Beautiful old building that now houses a history of Montreal, with many artifacts thru the years. How they lived back, then with many rooms outfitted like they were back then. Shows how Montreal grew, and another room had all the sports they played with old skates, snowshoes, etc..from the past.
One interesting room had a display on the chairs they made back then. They used no nails, just rope and wood, and used green wood so when it would dry, it would shrink and make everything tight.
C$8, part of museum pass
you'll spend 1-2 hours here.
Address: 280 rue Notre Dame est
Directions: Located in old Montreal. Nice little café right to the west across the street too, had a light snack there afterwards. Metro Champ de Mars.
The Chateau Ramezay was an 18th century minifortress where the governor of Montréal lived. It was later used as the headquarters for American troops during their occupation of Montréal and as a history museum in the late 19th century. It has since been restored to its original 18th century appearance. Gracing Vieux Montréal with its Norman castle design, the Chateau is now one of the area's most popular attractions. Plus, the view of the Hotel de Ville is unrivaled from within its gates.
Directions: On Rue Notre-Dame across from the Hotel de Ville in Vieux-Montréal.
This building has served as governors' residences, headquarters of West Indies company, and is now a museum. Behind it is a garden of cabbages - actual cabbages!