Sir George-Etienne Cartier National Historic Site

Take a trip back In time with a visit to Sir George- Etienne Cartier National Historic Site

Historic Sir George-Etienne Cartier House
Historic Sir George-Etienne Cartier House cc licensed photo by Isabelle Gilbert

For those with a keen interest in Canadian history and Canadian historical sites, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the restored house museum of politician and Father of Confederation, Sir George- Etienne Cartier, in Montreal.

This renowned politician who was born on September 6, 1814 and died on May 20, 1873 started his career as a lawyer in Quebec. He was exiled in 1837 because of his involvement in the Lower Canada Rebellion, but Sir George- Etienne Cartier was allowed to return one year later. After another ten years of practising law he gave up his practice and ran for office as a Reformer and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the province of Canada.

In 1864, Cartier along with John A Macdonald and George Brown formed the Great Coalition. The purpose of the coalition being to end to the political instability of the province, one of the first steps in the movement towards the Confederation.

Sir George- Etienne Cartier was a great catalyst for change in Montreal and today his home stands as a museum which is open to the public.


The home with its Victorian interiors has been superbly restored to match the Montreal Bourgeoisie style around the 1860's. Besides getting a glimpse into the life of Sir Cartier, people come to the Museum in order to take a trip back in time. The museum is the only place in Montreal which has been restored to its former Victorian glory, a must see for those with a keen interest in history both from a tourist and historian perspective.

The West House has been restored to true Victorian luxury. It is the only Victorian-era interior that can be viewed by the public in Montreal. The rooms of George-Etienne Cartier's two daughters show their memories and segments from their lives through their diaries. This gives you alook into the lives of the youth of their era and economic status.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Sir George-Etienne Cartier National HIstoric Site

Fee: Yes

Sir George-Etienne Cartier National HIstoric Site Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 458 Rue Notre Dame E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1C8, Canada

Phone: (514) 283-2282

Official Website: Sir George-Etienne Cartier National HIstoric Site

Sir George-Etienne Cartier National HIstoric Site Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating National historic site 1800’s. We came here many years ago and it seems there are some updates. You’ll learn a lot about Canadian history and how it became a country. There’s a slide show in the old window that shows how life was back then. It’s not very big but lots of details about Sir Cartier’s life, personal and political. They have Victorian Christmas enactment in December. There are 2 games you can do. Kids 17 and under: free
Sue Trad - a year ago

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4 Star Rating Nice place to learn about one of Canada's founding fathers and see some period furnishings. The staff was very friendly and the rooms were well-restored. However, there was not a lot of description, especially on the second floor, about the rooms' history/usage/relation to Cartier, which would be disadvantageous if you do a self-guided tour. On the plus side, there are many interactive elements for kids and adults alike. Next time I'd take a guided tour for a better experience.
Andrew Yin - a year ago

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4 Star Rating Very interesting character in Canadian and North American affairs. Maybe considered the 1st real Prime Minister of Canada. He sounds like a real back door, deal making, concierge of the highest order. That some how grappled control of New France. An interesting stop in understanding Canada.
Adam Vengroff - 11 months ago

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5 Star Rating This museum was well designed, I really enjoyed the interactive exhibits. I wish more museums were made like this.
Karen - 9 months ago

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5 Star Rating Excellent experience. The museum is interactive, fun and at the same time a journey in the past. Our guide Pierre was above and beyond helping us with our bikes, with the games and with a private tour of the house. The tickets are also only 4.50$.
Alida Mazzullo - a year ago

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Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 2 - OrangeChamps-de-Mars

How to get to Sir George-Etienne Cartier National HIstoric Site by Metro

By Metro: Take Metro Line 2 to Champs-de-Mars. Follow the pedestrian tunnel to the Gosford street exit (south) and walk up hill to Notre-Dame Street and turn left. Continue along Notre-Dame Street to the site at Berri Street.

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