Société des musées du Québec

Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal

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Montréal’s portal to its past… Visit the first building in Québec 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 more than 500 years of history through its exhibits – from pre-contact to the 20th century – with its beautiful Governor’s Garden as a bonus. A not-to-be-missed heritage landmark in the heart of Old Montréal!

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Museum experiences

  • Welcome to the residence of the Governor of Montreal, Claude de Ramezay! Built in 1705, it was, in the words of its owner, the “most beautiful house in all of Canada”. After the Ramezay family, numerous characters have sojourned in the Château, allowing it to be a witness to several big moments in our history. Listen to the tales of these individuals through our multimedia circuit, “If the walls could talk”, which is available in six languages.
  • In the building’s vaults, discover “Splendor and misery in New France”. Immerse yourself in the reconstructed interiors and relive diverse events that have marked the Ramezay family’s history, as told by their servants. Learn everything about life in New France, especially that of the Old Regime’s nobility.
  • Visit the sumptuous Salle de Nantes and find yourself in the middle of the luxurious 18th century decor. With its mahogany panels, portraits, furniture, displays’ content, and huge chandeliers, this room offers a unique ambiance.
  • Animators and costumed guides are present to welcome you and transport you back in time to New France. You may also wander through the Governor’s Garden – free entry – which is a unique example of 18th century nobility’s urban gardens, with its vegetable garden, its fruit trees, as well as its medicinal and ornamental plants. Audio panels with content in six languages are at your disposal to accompany you in your discovery of this space from another time.