The Château Ramezay Museum is contained in a historic chateau in Old Montreal. The building was built in 1705 and served as the residence of the governor of Montreal (Claude de Ramezay). During the American Revolutionary War, it briefly served as the Canadian headquarters of the Continental Army during the invasion of Canada. Afterwards it once again became the governor’s residence. In 1894 it was converted into a museum and portrait gallery. The collection has expanded since then, and now consists of more than 30,000 objects.
The collection is generally focused on the history of Montreal and its people. There is a portrait gallery of famous Canadians, and a landscape gallery of Canada’s wilderness. In all there are more than 2,000 paintings, drawings, and prints. There are also significant displays dedicated to Native American and Quebecois culture, and an extensive library filled with Canadian writers. Most of the collection has been donated by citizens of Montreal. The museum also houses three beautiful gardens – an orchard, a pleasure garden, and a kitchen garden. Each is in the style of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They’re great places to do some unwinding.
This is an informative museum, and there are a lot of unique objects on display. The chateau itself is very cool, and provides a great atmosphere to learning about history. Some rooms are available for rental, and are often used for business meetings, banquets, weddings, and even movie sets.
Location: 280 Rue Notre-Dame Est, Montreal H2Y 1C5
Telephone: (514) 861 3708
Open daily June 1 to Thanksgiving 10:00-18:00
Open daily Thanksgiving to May 31 10:00-16:30
$5.00 Youth (5-17)