Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal

Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal

Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Historic Site and Museum of Montreal. Visit Montreal’s portal to its past, 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 Ramezay invites you to relive, with its rich collections and multiple exhibitions, over 500 years of history, from pre-contact to the 20th century. In addition to the multimedia displays’ historical figures, costumed animators and guides will transport you through time. From the sumptuous Salle de Nantes, to the vaults where splendors and misery of New France come to life, and with the beautiful Governor’s Garden as a bonus – this is a not-to-be-missed landmark in the heart of Old Montreal!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Ville-Marie
How to get there
  • Champ-de-Mars • 4 min walk
  • Place-d'Armes • 9 min walk
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  • abi
    Wheaton, Illinois16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting and not too big
    We paid the entrance and walked through the museum ourselves. All the displays are in English and French and quite interesting. It’s not large (plan no more than 2hrs even if you like to read all the plaques), but gives a pretty comprehensive history of both the château itself and Montreal. In the back their is a cute “mini” version of the gardens the château once had. Very pretty and free to walk through. Note: part of the museum is in the château’s “basement” which is accessed by stairs. I did not see an elevator so I’m not sure that it is accessible.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 August 2023
  • 331
    325 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent little museum
    Very informative and interesting museum located near the river in old Montreal. It is well laid out. An intact important building from hundreds of years ago. We’ll worth a visit
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • AmarilisVos
    Jabbeke, Belgium2,481 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice staff
    We visited this house on June 21. There is a car park at 285 Rue Saint-Antoine (Quartier International), about a mile from the chateau. It is called a castle, but it looks nothing like a medieval castle. In the 17th century it would be a large house. You get to know the history of the house and its inhabitants. The staff is dressed in period clothing.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Gabe H
    Northern Virginia, Virginia172 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Museum, rather odd for an historic home
    The house is an interesting tour of 12 rooms. There is a lot of Montreal history and artifacts. However, the artifacts have little to do with the house. The house is in no way restored to look like it was. So it is really a museum, not a historic in any sense that I've seen.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • MomRocco
    Chicago, Illinois538 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Museum - Glitchy technology
    We visited this location many years ago and were eager to visit it again. The building is well-maintained and the exhibit is laid out in an easy-to-follow manner. Some of the headsets and phones that are placed throughout were not operating properly the day we visited. This was especially true of the tablets located in the basement which probably explained food storage, preparation etc. As we were exiting I mentioned the technical problems to the young woman who was selling the tickets and she said she'd let the tech people know, but didn't offer any refund or the opportunity to return on a different day for free.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Lilacwheaty
    Nottingham, United Kingdom849 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to learn a little about the history of the city
    Plenty of exhibits and rooms to linger in, whilst learning a lot of the city history. The use of headphones at points in most rooms to listen in to historical figures giving 2-4 minute snippet stories, really helped maintain our interest. The gardens, which can be freely accessed from the streets, is worth a look around also
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia49,976 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Travel through time.
    The Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal is a wonderful place that takes the visitor way back in time. It provides a trip through time and a taste of what it was like all that time ago. Worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 November 2023
  • Foodange
    Manchester, United Kingdom4,094 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History of Montreal
    If you’re at all interested in the story of Montreal, this is the place to go. There are fascinating narratives and artefacts from all stages of the city’s history. We didn’t take the tour, just went round at our own pace. Then as you leave there are the gardens, a heady mix of plants, flowers and vegetables, a veritable oasis of calm in the busy city.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 December 2023
  • Mark W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extremely informative visit to understand the French history in Montreal
    Great experience. Suggest you wait for the free guided tour in French or English. We had Barbara as our guide. She was excellent. She gave us more of a history of french exploration and settlement of Eastern and Southern Canada and middle US, together with an overview of the chateau and its prominent people. Then tour by yourself at your leisure armed with the knowledge provided. The Ramezay names relates to its time as the residence of the Governor of Montreal
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2024
  • japanresident2015
    Tokyo, Japan7 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bring your spectacles
    This museum provides a really interesting overview of the history of Montreal and has lots of really nice artefacts and displays. It's let down by a lot of the labels being hard to read because of text size, lighting, position and angle. Also, one of the guides was kind of an a-hole -- I wasn't on a guided tour but he kept fussing at me about where I was standing and how I was carrying my bag, etc. I wasn't rushing around or being careless or getting in people's way. Just really odd and annoying.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 June 2024
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abi
Wheaton, IL16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We paid the entrance and walked through the museum ourselves. All the displays are in English and French and quite interesting. It’s not large (plan no more than 2hrs even if you like to read all the plaques), but gives a pretty comprehensive history of both the château itself and Montreal. In the back their is a cute “mini” version of the gardens the château once had. Very pretty and free to walk through.

Note: part of the museum is in the château’s “basement” which is accessed by stairs. I did not see an elevator so I’m not sure that it is accessible.
Written 8 August 2023
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA2,099 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
My primary interest in this chateau was its history as a 300-year old house briefly occupied by the American army during the Revolutionary War. But most of the house is a museum of Montreal history with traditional exhibits, not furnishings or decor from when the house was occupied. The museum has interesting artifacts like the first car in Quebec from the 1890s, and the historical overview of Montreal is interesting, but a lot of the exhibits are only going to be of interest if you are really into Montreal history. There are also some Montreal-area landscape paintings and a basement used for cooking that was “between exhibits” while I was there. Small but pretty gardens behind the house are also a nice place for a break in a busy city.
Written 3 July 2023
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Film G
New England1,053 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The building itself is well kept, though modernized so you get only glimpses of what life in the 1700s was like. Displays are well done, and it's well laid out. Helpful staff. Good toilets. The gardens are doubtless wonderful in Spring and Summer. Winter? Not so much. It's about on par with most any other old house museum you've visited.
Written 17 February 2023
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Foodange
Manchester, UK4,094 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
If you’re at all interested in the story of Montreal, this is the place to go.
There are fascinating narratives and artefacts from all stages of the city’s history.
We didn’t take the tour, just went round at our own pace.
Then as you leave there are the gardens, a heady mix of plants, flowers and vegetables, a veritable oasis of calm in the busy city.
Written 1 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MomRocco
Chicago, IL538 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We visited this location many years ago and were eager to visit it again. The building is well-maintained and the exhibit is laid out in an easy-to-follow manner. Some of the headsets and phones that are placed throughout were not operating properly the day we visited. This was especially true of the tablets located in the basement which probably explained food storage, preparation etc. As we were exiting I mentioned the technical problems to the young woman who was selling the tickets and she said she'd let the tech people know, but didn't offer any refund or the opportunity to return on a different day for free.
Written 26 September 2023
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magill1986
East Greenwich, RI177 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
We arrived an hour before the tour and went through the Inuit exhibit (really interesting artifacts) and the lower level - where examples of some aspects of life and community were shown. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and highly interested in the topic of the establishment and history of Montreal and spoke at length for 1.5 hours.

Artifacts were related to various aspects of history but not of the house itself due to the history of ownership and use.

If you like history, then this is an inexpensive place to go. If you really like history, go on the tour which is included in admission. If you don’t like history then enjoy the outside space which is free.

4 for value for your money.
Written 15 January 2023
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japanresident2015
Tokyo, Japan7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This museum provides a really interesting overview of the history of Montreal and has lots of really nice artefacts and displays. It's let down by a lot of the labels being hard to read because of text size, lighting, position and angle.
Also, one of the guides was kind of an a-hole -- I wasn't on a guided tour but he kept fussing at me about where I was standing and how I was carrying my bag, etc. I wasn't rushing around or being careless or getting in people's way. Just really odd and annoying.
Written 10 June 2024
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Mark W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great experience. Suggest you wait for the free guided tour in French or English. We had Barbara as our guide. She was excellent. She gave us more of a history of french exploration and settlement of Eastern and Southern Canada and middle US, together with an overview of the chateau and its prominent people. Then tour by yourself at your leisure armed with the knowledge provided. The Ramezay names relates to its time as the residence of the Governor of Montreal
Written 13 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lilacwheaty
Nottingham, UK849 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Plenty of exhibits and rooms to linger in, whilst learning a lot of the city history.
The use of headphones at points in most rooms to listen in to historical figures giving 2-4 minute snippet stories, really helped maintain our interest.
The gardens, which can be freely accessed from the streets, is worth a look around also
Written 9 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sean C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A must visit for anyone wishing for a good understanding of Canada's history since the 1600s. Its rather low-key exterior belies the gems that it holds. It traces the evolution of Canada since the early settlers,its French and British colonial past,its independance, and development right up to the present day.
It uses a very interesting combination of wall notes, audio/video devices and several artefacts/models to bring history to life.
Give yourself time to explore and maybe visit its small interesting gardens at the rear.
Written 2 June 2022
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