Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum

A visit to Chateau Ramezay will transport back to the colonial days and times

Entrance to the Chateau Ramezay Museum
Entrance to the Chateau Ramezay Museum cc licensed photo by Joanne Lévesque

The Chateau Ramezay was established in 1895 after being bought in 1894 by the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Montreal. It is a museum dedicated to conserving the heritage of Montreal life and development.

The Chateau was built in 1705 for the governor of Montreal, Claude de Ramezay. It has the honor of being the first building declared a historical monument in Quebec. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1949. From 1775, the Chateau was home to Canadian Headquarters of the Continental Army when Montreal was seized. It then passed to the role of governor's residence once again. It also has had the honor of being the host of the Université de Montréal's first Faculty of Medicine.

There is a range of both temporary and permanent exhibits to view. The exhibits consist primarily of artefacts donated by private residents of Montreal. The collection is an estimated to have about 30 000 artefacts. In order to find out what is on display in the temporary exhibits, visit the website. One of the permanent exhibits is the multimedia circuit which is available in six languages. The story of the history of the Chateau is told by Claude de Ramezay, Gilles Hocquart and others. The Hochelaga, Ville-Marie and Montreal exhibit is a showcasing of various points in Canada's history from Amerindian prehistory to the 20th century. The third permanent exhibit is a showcasing of life in Montreal in the 18th century.

The gardens are a replica of a French colonial garden. Most of the plants that are used in the gardens are hybrids of the original species cultivated in New France. They are designed to be genetically close to those used in the original gardens.

The museum also offers a range of educational and cultural activities to occupy those who do not wish to simply stroll through its halls.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes - Discounts are available to CAA/AAA members - See the official website for details.

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Address: 280 Rue Notre-Dame Est, Montréal, QC H2Y 1C5, Canada

Phone: (514) 861-3708

Official Website: Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum

Directions

Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 2 - OrangeChamp-de-Mars3 Minutes

How to get to Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum by Metro

By Metro: Take Metro Line 2 to Champ-de-Mars Station and exit via Saint-Antoine Trottoir Sud (South Exit) onto Gosford Street; walk southeast one block to Rue Notre-Dame East and turn right. The entrance to Chateau Ramezay is just ahead on your left.

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Reviews

Rated 4.3 out of 5Château Ramezay - Musée et site historique de Montréal Star Rating

5 Star Rating Nice museum. Had lots of artifacts and offers either a self guided tour or explore at your own pace. Make sure to go downstairs!

Christopher Knapp - 27 days ago

2 Star Rating The chateau itself was a bit of a disappointment. The exhibits are okay. Also as you approach the chateau there is a small garden area with plack identifying it as governor's garden. When we left we noticed a larger fenced garden. It would have been nice for staff to let us know how to access the gardens as there was no indication or information on "map".

Jacque Rump - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Very good experience. If you can do make this one of must see on your visit to Montreal. You will learn alot about Canadian history even if you are Canadian it will thrill and inform you lol

Shamelia Daniels - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Historical museum exploring the development of Montreal within the setting of a 17th century former Governors residence. Particular focus on the political and military forces which shaped modern Montreal and Quebec. An interesting exploration of the way indigenous, French, British and North American cultures have fused together and conflicted with each other.

Ollie Bridle - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating The staff were all dressed the part and were helpful in both French and English. A great spot to check out for a short bit of history. The garden out back is beautiful.

Stephanie Mackney - 3 months ago

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