Chateau Ramezay Museum
The Chateau Ramezay, a jewel of heritage of Quebec, located in the downtown of Montreal, just opposite the City hall, offers a unique contact with hundred of years of Montreal and Quebec history.
The Chateau Ramezay is a former governor’s residence, and one of the oldest buildings in Montreal and one of the only witnesses of that period accessible to visitors. Built in the early 18th century under the French Reigme, it possesses a rich collection of documents of the times of Nouvelle France. Claude de Ramezay settles in Montréal as the city’s new governor, in 1705. He hires the local architect and mason Pierre Couturier, to build a home on Notre-Dame Street.
The Ramezay real state included an orchard, and a pleasure garden where, the governor hosted fine receptions, for his home was at the heart of the city’s social life.
At different times, the Chateau accommodated governors of Canada, courts of law and educational institutions. Benjamin Franklin made it his headquarters when the American forces occupied Montreal during the first American invasion of Canada, in 1775-1776.
Nowadays, the museum offers a varied programme of activities for a whole family, concerts, exhibitions and more. It offers the opportunity to relive bygone days as you follow its history and discover its exhibitions.
A lovely 19th century garden in the formal French style of the Chateau Ramezay full with the unique aromas and colors will transport guests back in time. This Governor’s Garden is a marvellous place for a stroll and a refreshing have of peace in the midst of the bustle of the city. Access to the garden is free of charge at all times. In addition, a host of activities is offered during summer. Most of the plants are hybrids of the species cultivated in New France.
Web site of the Chateau Ramezay Museum: chateauramezay.qc.ca
Address of the Chateau Ramezay:
280 Notre-Dame East Street
Château Ramezay, general view. Photo: © provincequebec.com
Château Ramezay, Museum entry. Photo : © Provincequebec.com
Le château en printemps. Photo : © Provincequebec.com
- Montreal City
- Getting around
- Montreal's first years
- Old Montreal
- Montreal: 1660-1670
- In the 17th century
- First street grid
- Second map of the town
- First fortifications
- Fortifications in the 18th century
- Montreal in the 18th century
- Montreal on fire
- The mid-18th century
- Place d'Armes
- Bonsecours Market
- Montreal's Islands
- Champ de Mars
- Churches of Montreal
- G.-E.Cartier Site
- Sulpician seminary