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.

Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • 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

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

Phone: (514) 861-3708

Official Website: Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum

Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating We really enjoyed this museum! There were many nice paintings, antique furniture, historical displays and artifacts. The formal rooms and kitchen downstairs were very interesting. The staff were friendly and helpful. The museum is located in Old Montreal near some lovely streets to take a stroll afterwards. I recommend visiting Chateau Ramezay! We had a great time
Jessica Nicole - a month ago

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5 Star Rating I went to this museum because the bigger museums were closed on Mondays. I enjoyed this very much. I learned a lot about Montreal history and enjoyed the recorded audios that they had. Some rooms were closed for updating but still worth the money. I would recommend at least 2 hours if you actually want to listen and learn everything
Cyndi Fairbrother - a month ago

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5 Star Rating We were visiting from out of town and love to see historical places like this preserved and promoted to help not only document the past in a tangible way but also provide opportunities to understand our present times - how we got where we are today. This building saw many changes over its existence. We really appreciated the amount of time spent creating imaginative stories that were available through headsets in each room to help understand the people and events. The downstairs area looked recently renovated and had useful teaching aids for young people. There was a small collection of paintings of Quebec City in two of the rooms that was interesting. We enjoyed the gardens in the back though there had already been prepared for winter - I’m sure they’re much nicer in the summertime. Enjoy your visit.
Karl Peterman - 5 months ago

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4 Star Rating The museum of governor Claude De Ramezay, devoted his whole life to the Canadian government. Transportation, building structure, to the kitchen and living habits, introductions available in many languages including mandarin, Spanish and Japanese. Give you a great background knowledge of the Quebec’s development. There’s also a well maintained small garden behind. If you love history, this is your go to spot.
For a Whale - 7 months ago

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5 Star Rating Palace of the governor of Montreal. A place full of history that dated back to the 17th century. The tour guide of our group is wonderful. Very passionate and very knowledgeable about the history of Quebec and Montreal. The garden of the palace is so beautiful and full of amazing flowers and fruits. The palace is about 10 $ for student and the garden is free to visit.
Jerry Xue - 9 months ago

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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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