Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal, Montreal

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Originally built in 1705 as the residence of a former Montreal governor, Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal now stands as a historic building and educational museum. The building has offered refuge to important figures in volatile times, including the Continental Army when Montreal was seized, and Benjamin Franklin as he endeavored to raise troops in the American Revolutionary War. As the area's oldest private history museum, and a National Historic Site, it is no surprise the structure has filled with thousands of vintage items. Browse through about 30,000 objects, including manuscripts, artworks, and furniture dating up to the 20th century. Take the time to explore the garden, a wonderful display of 18th century landscaping. Use our Montreal tour itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal and other attractions in Montreal.
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  • It might not seem like much as first until you realize Ben Franklin stayed here when trying to convince the Canadians to join the American Revolution (spoiler alert, it didn't work) and it's been the ...  more »
  • We enjoyed this museum however we didn't feel it taught us what we were interested in learning about Montreal. What was cool was that the museum had a bread making workshop while we were there which m...  more »
  • The castle offer an wonderful glimpse of the life in the old Quebec province. We had a great experience making the bread. We enjoy the game that engage and challenge our knowledge. The view from the t...  more »
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  • I was very impressed by how well preserved everything was and the attention to Montreal history. I've lived in Montreal all my life I would recommend it to all my fellow citizens. It is also a great stop for tourists
  • The museum itself is the preserved home of a known Canadian figure, Ramezay. The layout is circuit like in structure, that is, the tour begins and finishes at the same location. As you enter and exit rooms you follow a circular pattern. The museum has been refurbished many times so all of the original artifacts and architecture are gone. In its place are diaromas, paintings, and furniture acquired centuries later (think 1900's). The tour can be co plates in 20 minutes in your own, with the tour guide an hour. The place was not what we expected. Most rude moment occurred when someone in my travel group was accused by an employee of stealing candy from the gift shop even though they had literally just purchased it and were in the middle of eating it. The cashier had to tell him they had just purchased it. He was not apologetic enough in our opinion. Totally set a ride tone to the trip.
  • Interesting museum but would have like more information on the building and the rooms should be set up as their original use. Listening stations were not useful or informative. Nice garden in the back.
  • Is very interesting for the history. Although we were there on a Monday so no other museum was open
  • It is a beautiful place to enjoy the morning, remember wear comfortable clothes, because your walk and down stairs. :)

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